A Lengthy Autumn Hike from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin

We took a long walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse to see off the vessels that were in Dublin as part of the Tall Ships Festival.  We started out from Sandymount Strand looking toward the twin towers of the Poolbeg Power Station.
Poolbeg towers in Dublin viewed from Sandymount Strand
We hiked through the brush.
Hiking through the brush near Sandymount Strand
We approached the Irishtown Nature Park and faced a fork in the trail.
The trail forks at Irishtown Nature Park
The Poolbeg smoke stacks loomed closer.
Poolbeg towers in Dublin
Poolbeg towers in Dublin
We saw a number of people taking a short cut across the sand at low tide.
Walkers cutting across the sand at low tide near Sandymount
We soon approached the starting point of the Great South Wall which was built in the early 1700s and has amazingly withstood the tests of time.
Great South Wall and Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
Container ships emerged from Dublin Port.
Container ships viewed from the Great South Wall in Dublin
Much smaller vessels also shared the channel.
Small sailboat viewed from Great South Wall in Dublin
We could see Poolbeg Lighthouse standing proud at the end of the wall.
Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
We continued walking and finally made it to the end of the wall - a bit wind blown but definitely enjoying the Autumn sunshine.
Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
We looked up and admired the bright red facade of the Poolbeg Lighthouse.
Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
We retraced our steps and hiked back toward the Poolbeg Power Station.  We decided to walk along the road to Ringsend rather than take the trail all the way back to Sandymount.  We spotted an old stone structure and garden along the way.
Old stone structure and garden near Ringsend in Dublin
We saw containers piled high.
Dublin container port
The road was a bit desolate; not nearly as scenic as the trail to the Poolbeg Lighthouse.
We walked into Ringsend Park, a lovely green space.
Ringsend Park in Dublin
After nearly 10 miles of walking, we decided to stop for a well deserved break at The Bath pub.
Bathtub at the Bath Pub in Dublin
We tried two bottled craft brews: Goose Island India Pale Ale and O'Hara Irish Pale Ale.
Goose Island and O'Hara IPA at the Bath Pub in Dublin
We sipped our beer in the light filled pub - very refreshing compared to the usual dark interiors of most Dublin pubs.
Inside the Bath Pub in Dublin
I suppose the decor was, well, bath colored.  There were even some bath related knick-knacks in the cubby holes near the door.
Inside the Bath Pub in Dublin
Our hike to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin was longer than we expected but it was invigorating on a brisk Fall day.  We definitely recommend the walk from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse as a top walk in Dublin. The route is ideal for a half-day excursion.  

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Sidewalk Safari: A Lengthy Autumn Hike from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
A Lengthy Autumn Hike from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin
See photos from a lengthy walk from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin, Ireland. A photo-rich post by Dublin-based travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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