Couples Escape Itinerary
Having chosen to stay at Roganstown Hotel & Country Club for your well-earned escape, we are going to ensure you have a relaxing and indulgent time. We recommend you arrive early to the hotel, check is not until 4.00pm, but you can leave your luggage with us while you check out the local area.
Why not start with a light lunch on O’Callaghan’s Terrace. Choose from a great menu of light bites, salads, and bar food classics, with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio or a pint of Rockshore. After lunch, it’s only 10 minutes in a taxi to Howth. Take in the stunning scenery as you enjoy an afternoon walk.
Try the Bog of Frogs Loop for scenic views of the harbour, the cliffs, Lambay Island, and the Baily Lighthouse. For something a bit gentler, take a stroll down the pier. From here you can take in the views of Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful island that’s just a 15-minute boat ride away. Explore its long sandy beach, take in breath-taking views of Dublin Bay, go bird-watching, see a Martello Tower up close, or even try your hand at fishing.
As evening draws in, get yourself a table in the Abbey Tavern or Bloody Stream pub, both do great food, and drinks, as well as provide the best of Irish traditional music and entertainment every night. Come closing time, it’s just a short taxi ride home for a nightcap in O’Callaghan’s Bar.
Following a leisurely full Irish breakfast in McLoughlin’s Restaurant, a full day in Dublin City is on the cards. There are lots of different ways to the City Centre from Roganstown. I prefer to drive the 10 minutes to Malahide and hop on the DART but its up to you. The DART leaves you at Connolly Station and from their its only a short walk to the new EPIC museum in the CHQ building. Voted Europe’s best Tourist Attraction in 2019 and 2020, you will be brought on a brilliant interactive audio-visual journey of what it means to be Irish. Be a tourist in your own capital city for the day. Visit the National Gallery, The Book of Kells in Trinity Castle, The Guinness Storehouse, or the Jameson Distillery. Explore Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral. Have a picnic lunch in St. Stephen’s or posh lunch in The Shelbourne. After lunch take in a guided tour or a spot of shopping on Grafton Street. If you leave just before 5.00 clock you will be back in Roganstown with enough time for a leisurely swim (or nap!) before dinner that evening in McLoughlin’s Restaurant.
After breakfast on the terrace, collect your prepared picnic basket full of treats from reception and head for Malahide Castle. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic castle. Dating from 1185, the castle has been home to many fascinating characters, and they will be brought to life for you by the excellent tour guides.
The rest of the morning can be spent exploring the formal gardens, butterfly houses and fairy trails before your picnic lunch on The West lawn. This 20acre garden is home to some beautiful mature and is dotted with some stunning ornamental wooden sculptures.
After lunch, it’s time to hop on your bike (available to hire from €6 per hour at the castle), and explore the beautiful village of Malahide, enjoy browsing the artisan craft shops, and bespoke boutiques before grabbing a takeaway coffee and setting of for the marina and barefoot stroll along the beach.
Swords Pavilions is a worthwhile stop on the way home. Home to over 100 National and International retailers, as well as 14 restaurants and an 11 – screen cinema, it’s a great way to pass a few hours, especially if the weather starts to turn against you.
And it’s time to think about going home… not just yet though. Planning ahead means you have booked some treatments in No Sixty One Spa, or a round of golf on one of our two stunning parkland courses at Roganstown. After lunch on the terrace, it’s time to head back to reality, but feeling refreshed and revitalised after your stay at Roganstown Hotel & Country Club.