Visit Balbriggan and its surrounding rugged coastline that offers peaceful walks and birdwatching. Base yourself in the four-star Bracken Court hotel and enjoy the low-key charm of this coastal town. Balbriggan harbour is still a working fishing port, the town is located between two imposing castles; Bremore Castle on the northern boundary of the town and Argillan Demesne to the south.
Explore rural Fingal and visit the Naul, a pictures village located several miles west of Balbriggan. The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre located here in a pretty thatched cottage offers a variety of entertainment such as traditional music sessions, concerts, comedy nights, film screenings and art exhibitions. The Cottage Cafe is a lovely spot for lunch.
The coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries is ideal for a variety of watersports. Enjoy a day out at sea and try out the fastest growing water sport in the world – stand up paddling (SUP) which is part balancing, part surfing. On flat water, you can cruise and glide while touring the local sites. On small swells, you can easily paddle into and ride the waves. Check out: http://www.outdoordublin.com/
You can easily spend a day in the magnificent grounds of Ardigallan Castle. Walk around the extensive castle grounds and visit the rose garden, the walled Victorian gardens and the ornamental gardens. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Castle’s stunning Drawing Room, an inspirational Downton Abbey-esque ambience that once belonged to the Taylor family, savouring a selection of delectable treats. Soak up the eighteenth-century setting and embrace the character of Ardgillan.
Immerse yourself in the unique and indigenous industrial heritage of Balbriggan. Take a guided tour of the town’s industrial milling and textile manufacturing past and learn about the craftsmen and people who made fine silk stockings for the royalty of Europe including Queen Victoria.