Bray Head and Daly station
There’s nothing more dramatic than a railway perched high on a cliff or ledge, swirling waters at the foot, and trains plunging in and out of tunnels and blasting through the headlands. The Aberglaslyn Pass in North Wales, the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland and Shakespeare Cliff in Kent are impressive examples. But they’re not as spectacular as the section of former Dublin & South Eastern Railway main line south from Bray towards Wicklow. If there’s something familiar about this railway, it’s because it’s like a more extreme version of the South Devon main line around Dawlish. That’s no surprise when you consider that Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the engineer. This line was a link in the GWR’S chain to promote Angloirish traffic via Fishguard and Rosslare. It opened through to Wicklow in 1855 and, after several name changes and amalgamations, became the Dublin & South Eastern Railway in 1906 and would, via the Great Southern Railways, become part of CIÉ in 1944. The line to Wicklow via Bray is still open, which means you can enjoy its scenic delights today.