Last week we enjoyed one of the nicest sunny June weeks I can remember in a while. We were both off work for the week and with the fine weather we were drawn to the coast. On Monday we visited Dun Laoghaire, walked the pier and soaked up the sunshine.
Whilst walking the east pier, we saw the Dublin Bay Cruises hut. I was a little concerned about the crossing, as my sea legs are not that good. His on the other hand are fully formed! We chatted with the staff there, talked about the crossing and the currently calm weather. We made plans to come back the next day to try the Dun Laoghaire to Howth cruise. They have a range of cruises around the bay and we picked the lunch time crossing.
On Tuesday morning, we were back on the pier at 12.15 for the 12.30 crossing. About 40 other guests were on board, most taking advantage of the weather, sitting on the upper deck. The ship (the St Bridget) is one of five passenger ships owned and operated by Dublin Bay Cruises and Doolin2Aran Ferries. The ship accommodates around 120 people with 36 seats on the upper deck and a small coffee shop / bar, indoor seating and toilets on the lower deck. A very nice cruiser that provides a swift and smooth crossing.
To fully appreciate the crossing and glorious blue sky, photos rather than words to bring you on board …
A dramatic beautiful crossing, stunning landscapes, you really do forget what amazing sights and amenities we live close to here in Dublin. The Bay may be often overlooked, but on a sunny blue sky day I don’t know where else I would rather be…
Once off the boat around twenty to two, we had a nice walk through the town of Howth to survey our options for a spot of lunch. Howth is really a tale of two towns, old and new. The further you walk from the west pier you’ll find the older Howth, albeit with a Starbucks thrown in. Back to the (redeveloped) West Fishing Pier and it was time to pick a suitable lunch destination, it was now after two and time to eat! There is lots of choice but we wanted to to sit outside and go somewhere with traditional fish offerings. With that, it came down to a choice between two Irish fish stalwarts, Beshoffs or Wrights. In the end, we picked Wrights and their casual dining option Crabby Jo’s.
Our Lunch at Crabby Jo’s was a simple order; two Fish and Chips at 14.95 and a half bottle of Muscadet (€15.95) to wash it down! Service was quick, with excellent crisp, not greasy fish served with little pots of tartar sauce and mushy peas alongside the chips. Thoroughly enjoyable food and very appropriate to the location across from all the fishing boats.
The only notes about lunch in Howth (especially on a sunny day) is that the outside seating is busy and some restaurants like Crabby Jo’s have shared tables and not all the seats are in the sun.
Having been concerned about taking the return if the crossing was rougher, we decided to only book one way, opting to take the Dart back into town. Dublin Bay Cruises offer a €2 Dart Trip as part of the ticket (note – the ticket desk at Howth Dart station is cash only!). However, having done the crossing now I wouldn’t be worried about it, and look forward to doing the return trip later in the summer. Overall a great day out in Dublin Bay!
Dublin Bay Cruises – from €22 one way / €28 return