Skerries is now a dormitory town, previously a popular fishing village in North County Dublin. It is a particularly scenic coastal town, which is renowned for its safe bathing, pleasant walks and friendly atmosphere, offshore islands with an abundance of wildlife and a harbour where the famous Skerries seals are often seen. Skerries is also famed for the largest landings of Dublin Bay prawns. The population of Skerries in April 2006 was 10,345. It has no industry and regularly features in the Irish Tidy Towns competition, winning the award as the best kept small town in Co Dublin.
Nearby (500 m.) is Ardgillan Demesne, one of Ireland's finest parks. ideal for walking and running and with an exciting children's playground. Situated on the elevated coastline between Skerries and Balbriggan. it is unique among Ireland's regional parks for its magnificent views of the coastline. The impressive castle, built in 1737, the lovely rose gardens and walled garden, rolling pastureland and woodland walks combine to make this attraction one of the most appealing in Ireland.
Six kms. away is Balbriggan, pop 17,500, with many small industrial units, fine supermarkets, beautiful library building and other services.
Medieval Lusk, one of the oldest ecclesiastical settlements in Ireland is to the south. It is a charming village, with its 9th Century Round Tower and 15th Century Norman towers.
In this part of Fingal (north Dublin) we have many historical sites such as the ruined Baldungan Castle, Balrothery Church, St. Movee holy well. and the Man-O-War and Balrothery Inns.
Malahide Castle & Demesne was built in the 12th Century by the Norman Talbot family, who remained in residence until 1975. There are many period rooms on view and the castle contains the National Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. The Fry Model Railway Museum in the castle gardens houses a unique collection of hand-made models of Irish trains.
Newbridge House & Demesne, Donabate, a mere 15 minutes drive away. The extensive 150 h. demesne includes a walled garden, a wildlife and Deer Park, playing and walking areas and a 19th Century working farm, where animals, machinery and old farming techniques are on view.
Dublin, the Capital City and premier tourist destination, is rich in heritage and the arts and is excellent for shopping. It has a very vibrant night life and is a mere 30 minutes away by car or train.
Also closeby is the Boyne Valley, famed for its three passage tombs including Newgrange which is over 5000 years old. Slane, Mellifont Abbey and Monasterboice are also in the area. It is thirty minutes drive away.
Then, of course, there is Northern Ireland - an hours drive on the M1 motorway.
Woodview Farmhouse enjoys panormaic views of the surrounding countryside:
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