THINGS TO SEE & DO
Whether you want to improve your golf-swing, adventure along the scenic coasts, or absorb the enchanting history of a time long past, Fingal has plenty to thrill and excite. GOLF Fingal offers some of the most exciting golf challenges in Ireland, for all budgets and levels. Framed against the beautiful backdrop of Howth, Deer Park is one of the largest golf complexes in Ireland, and popular with golfers of all skill-sets. It includes two traditional courses, as well as the chance to follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s legendary hurling hero, Cuchulainn, on its Poc Fada course. Beginners have the chance to improve their skills with tailored lessons, while the clubhouse bar offers a delicious seasonal menu for post-game dining. One of the most scenic courses in Fingal is Malahide Golf & Tennis course, open 364 days per year and boasting a 9-hole, Par 3 golf course; 18-hole Pitch & Putt Course; and six Tennis courts. And that’s not forgetting their tea room full of delicious treats.
You’ll nd some of the most exciting watersports in the country in Fingal. The National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown is one of the world’s largest indoor water centres, with a 10-lane 50-metre swimming pool, a tness centre and Aqua Zone Water Park – one of the biggest and most exciting attractions for families. If sailing is more your scene, the Swords Sailing and Boating club runs an extensive programme throughout the year. Family friendly, it welcomes new and experienced members alike, with a number of social events on the calendar too. For the more adventurous, Feelgood Scuba and Powerboating in Howth lets you explore the ocean, whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced diver.
With a rich history dating back to the Viking era, there are plenty of historic sites just waiting to be discovered across Fingal. A number of castles line the coast, including Howth Castle, one of the largest continuously inhabited private homes in Europe. Just outside the village of Howth, the castle has been the home of the St Lawrence’s since 1177 and offers guided tours through its intricate and storied halls. Another marvellous historic house can be found at Malahide Castle, which dates from the 12th century, and spans over 260 acres of parkland, where you can discover the fascinating story of the Talbot family. St Macculin’s Church in Lusk, meanwhile, offers visitors a chance to see a 9th century round tower, a 15th century defensive tower, and an ingeniously designed 19th century church.