Length: 5.2 km (3.2 miles), terrain flat
Dublin Running Routes:
Dun Laoghaire coastal run
City Centre loop
Howth Cliff Walk trail
See the other running routes here!
NOTE: I took these pictures on a drizzly evening, so it all looks a bit soggy. Hope you have better luck!
Dublin's River Liffey has been getting a lot nicer lately. A series of big projects have redeveloped the old harbor area into a pleasant mix of waterfront offices, flats and entertainment venues. Gone are the long line of fenced-off, run-down warehouses, plodding trucks and dusty lots that used to blot the landscape.
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The new works have transformed the whole area out to the Eastlink Bridge. The modern, deep-draft freighters can't go so far upriver any more, so the whole area was in search of a new, useful identity, which has now succeeded quite well. All the harbor activity has moved further out to the mouth of the Liffey, where the modern container terminals now lie.
And the area is scenic enough to warrant a run along the river. Let's try it!
|The start of the run from the Ha'penny Bridge|
And after running past all the new buildings, the 2 new bridges, the modern new tram line, the huge new theater and the nearby new glass-and-steel stadium, you'll understand why Ireland suddenly needed a big financial bailout. You Europeans will now get to visit those billions of rescue Euros that you recently paid out.
|The new boardwalk along the Liffey|
|The Custom House|
|Custom House Quay|
|In Custom House Harbour|
|The Jeannie Johnston|
And just in front is the sleek new car bridge, the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Cross it to get to the south side of the Liffey, and continue running eastwards from there.
|Samuel Beckett Bridge to Grand Canal Quay|
Pass the Ferryman pub and hotel and run along Sir John Rogerson's Quay till the road ends, where you turn right on Benson Street.
|Rowers along Sir John Rogerson's Quay|
|Don't forget to turn right at the water!|
|The new Grand Canal Theatre|
|The way back|