THINGS TO SEE & DO

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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.

WA­TER­SPORTS

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.

HIS­TORIC SITES

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.

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