Without a doubt, one of Ireland’s finest short coastal walks, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk is a coastal trail that takes in some beautifully rugged scenery.
This 7km stretch showcases a beautiful chunk of County Wicklow, and it’s packed with dramatic ocean vistas, verdant hillsides and jawdropping cliff views.
Easily accessible from many nearby counties and short enough to complete in a morning or afternoon, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk features high on many guides to the best things to do in Bray.
The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk: A speedy guide
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the route, providing a simple guide that details all the basics as well as addressing any concerns over difficulty levels.
Let’s get cracking with a look at the fundamental points you should know before setting out on the Bray to Greystones cliff walk.
The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk: Some Quick Need-to-Knows
The beauty of the Bray to Greystones cliff walk lies in its simplicity. For much of the walk, you’ll follow the railway line around Bray Head through fields and hills and along the ruggedly beautiful eastern coastline.
The walk is ideal for nature lovers as it is packed with opportunities to glimpse local flora and fauna (there are also several interesting features along the way – more on this in a moment!).
For those less inclined toward the natural world, the walk nonetheless offers a refreshing way to spend an afternoon.
Traveller tip: You can also enjoy the walk ‘back-to-front’ by starting out in Greystones and finishing things off in the buzzy little seaside town of Bray.
1. How long does the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk take?
Standing at 7km from start to finish, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk sits right in that sweet spot of being long enough to build an afternoon around, yet short enough so as not to be too challenging.
All in all, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours (depending on pace), with a total of 130m climbed across the 7km span.
The highest point on the walk stands at 100m above sea level, affording some spectacular views across the adjacent Irish Sea.
2. Is the walk difficult?
Thanks to a well-maintained footpath, it’s fairly short length and it’s forgiving climbs, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk is not a particularly difficult one for healthy, fit adults and older children.
With that said, the rocky and at times narrow footpath is not particularly well-suited to buggies and so tackling this particular walk with small children is not recommended.
Regardless of which way you choose to complete the walk, most people decide to take the DART back to either Bray or Greystones once they have completed the route.
3. Where to start the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
The question of where to start the Bray to Greystones cliff walk is one that depends very much on personal preference and circumstances.
For example, most walkers agree that the most thrilling section of the walk is the area around Bray Head, where the views are at their most brilliant.
So, deciding where to start the walk should take into account that if you start in Bray, the most interesting section will be out of the way fairly quickly.
That’s not to say that the area toward Greystones is boring, it just means that the Bray Head part is particularly gorgeous.
4. How to get there
Bray is a major town in County Wicklow and so is easily accessible from across the region by either car or DART.
The car journey from Dublin will take a little over an hour whilst the train journey to Bray should take around forty minutes.
Greystones is merely an extra ten minutes further down the line if you would prefer to start the walk there.
The beauty of the walk is that you can simply jump the DART back ten minutes in either direction after you’re finished. From there you can jump back in the car and head home for some well-earned rest.
5. The Bray to Greystones Walk: Things to look out for one the way
The main reason that the Bray to Greystones cliff walk has proved so immensely popular down the years is due to the sheer volume of exciting sites that line the route.
Whether you come for the beautiful flowers and ferns that bloom throughout spring and summer or you’re more interested in the area’s rich birdlife, there is something to suit all tastes.
Gorgeous red valerian is everywhere to be seen along the walk, whilst there is ample opportunity to spy other floral species like honeysuckle and dog rose.
As for ornithologists, Guillemots, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags and Cormorants are all frequently spotted along the Bray to Greystones cliff walk.
For those more predisposed to human endeavours, the walk is packed with historical treasures too. These include the ruins of the hauntingly beautiful Raheen na gClig church as well as Lord Meath’s Lodge.
Children, in particular, will jump at the chance to spot sea life from the cliffs at Bray Head, with the area a hotspot for bottlenose dolphins and black harbour porpoises.
6. Where to grab a post-walk feed
Both Greystones and Bray are packed with fantastic options for a refuel after the walk has been completed (see our guide to the best restaurants Bray has to offer for some inspo).
Whether you’re after a cosy pub to warm your cockles and enjoy a hearty meal or if you prefer something a little more gentrified, all tastes are well-catered for.
The Happy Pear in Greystones is one of the most beloved restaurants in town. Ran by twin brothers, the place started out life as a fruit and veg shop before becoming one of Ireland’s foremost vegan eateries.
For those who prefer something to enjoy alongside a pint or two, pubs such as The Burnaby Lounge make a cracking fish and chips as well as a host of other favourites.
In Bray, head to the promenade for a huge array of eateries that includes Dockyard No.8 for fresh fish and Platform Pizza Bar for craft beer and thin-crust pies.
Some final FAQs about the Bray to Greystones walk
Hopefully you’ll have found everything you need from the guide above, but I’ll pop in some of the most frequently asked questions about the walk below.
If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, let me know in the comments section below.
What is the bray to greystones walk time?
All in all, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk takes about two and a half hours, with a total of 130m climbed across the 7km span.
Where do I start the walk?
You can start the walk in Greystones or Bray, whichever one is more convenient. If you’re getting the DART, you’ll kick it off from the DART station in either town.
Is the walk buggy-friendly?
For the most part, the Bray to Greystones walk is buggy friendly, however, there is a stretch that goes on for around 1km where the ground is very rocky. There’s also a lot of sections where the path is narrow, which isn’t ideal.