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Located in Fingal, Donabate is a small coastal town that lies about 20km north of Dublin City Centre. With the towns of Skerries, Rush, Malahide and Portmarnock a short-drive away, a holiday in Donabate is a great way to explore a different side to Dublin – the stunning east coast.
Donabate, and the east coast of Dublin is popular for golfing breaks, with several golf courses located in the area, including one of Dublin’s finest courses, the championship course at Portmarnock Golf Club. Just outside the town of Donabate you will find a trio of golf courses to visit for a weekend of golf. Donabate Golf Club, Corballis Links Golf Club and The Island Golf Club are all located beside one another, while the Balcarrick Golf Club offers another golfing option for visitors to the area. With Malahide Golf Club, Howth Golf Club and St. Anne’s Golf Club to the south of Donabate, and Rush Golf Club, Skerries Golf Club and Balbriggan Golf Club to the north, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a round of golf when visiting Donabate. This clutter of golf courses continue to make Donabate and the surrounding area, one of Dublin’s most popular golfing destinations.
Newbridge Demesne, Portrane Demesne and Rogerstown Estuary provide plenty of great walking routes, while the beaches and coastline near Donabate and the surrounding area ensure it is a popular destination for those seeking a Dublin walking holiday. The sprawling gardens and woodland trails of Newbridge Demesne make it a hit with visitors and locals to the area, while one of Dublin’s most popular walking routes can be found a short-distance away in Howth – the Howth Cliff Path Loop. If the weather is on your side during your break to Donabate, consider a day at the beach, with the sandy shores of Donabate and nearby Rush worth visiting. The town of Malahide, and Malahide Castle are also a must-see when visiting Donabate.
At just 20km north of Dublin City, Donabate leaves you well placed to drive the scenic coastal route into Dublin, allowing you to pass towns like Portmarnock, Clontarf and Howth on the way. When visiting Dublin, consider spending time visiting the National Botanic Gardens just outside Drumcondra, while Dublin Zoo is a must if travelling with kids. Other popular attractions including Ha’penny Bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College and Croke Park are all easily accessible from Donabate. Whether you’re travelling from Donabate by car, bus or train, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore the many streets and squares of Dublin City.
Donabate is one of several towns and villages in Fingal and North Dublin that provides many great alternatives to Dublin City Centre accommodation, so if you’re planning a short-break to Dublin, be sure to check out the latest Donabate accommodation offers.