Madeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Madeline tells us her top 10 places to visit in the Dubliin area by using the DART.
One of the great advantages of being on the CAPA program is having a Leap Card. The Leap Card gives cardholders access to the Dublin bus, the Luas, and the DART, or Dublin Area Rapid Transit. The DART is the easiest way to get to neighboring towns in County Dublin from Dublin city center. The DART is a great way to get familiar with Ireland without taking an entire day to travel. It runs until 10pm so there is plenty of time to take the DART anywhere, even if just for an hour or two. The following list is some of my favorite DART stops that I think are must-sees for anyone staying in the Dublin area.
For this stop, I have a small disclaimer: I haven’t actually been to Shankill on the DART, I just have plans to go. However, I thought it deserved to make it on the list (if only for an honorable mention) because of what I have read about it. The Shankill DART stop is where you can start a marked hike through the Dublin Mountains Way, and pass sites like the Hell Fire Club, Cruagh Massy’s Link, and the Tibradden Mountain Trail. The hike comes highly recommended and offers trails of varying lengths and difficulties to suit any hiker.
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