The smell of sea air, fish and the occasional boat motor coughing up smoke. These are smells which belong to marinas and although all marinas have the same basic attributes, a single marina can differ completely from one day to the next as the weather changes from bright sun to dreary clouds when boats come in and out and sometimes leave the marina almost empty.
On such days those who visit the Dublin marina can find anything from fresh lobster to stale bread and beer in the marina restaurants. There are hotels with the most luxurious accommodation and first class dining where you can observe the beauty and riches of the marina from the pristine confines of the hotel lounge. Then there are also the obscure, little pubs and grubs in the nooks and crannies which will offer you some of the best traditional Irish harbour food and if you are lucky, live entertainment in the form of a lone guitarist.
On the more sunny days one can visit the marina as the sun comes out, shimmering in silver on the still water and adding a touch of the divine to boats of all shapes, sizes and colours in their bays. A fish or two, and perhaps the resident seal, can usually be spotted slipping in and out of the water surface, and fish just as fresh can be bartered from the boats as they come in.
In the same way, the Dublin Marina is no different, and yet entirely different as its scenery fluxes in and out with the tide and all the activities associated with this. As the largest marina in Ireland, rated five Gold Anchors by the Yacht Harbour Association, Dublin Marina has 820 berths for boats of up to 30 meters.
As such, there is no way in which Dublin Marina can disappoint – offering all the qualities one has come to love in a marina, together with the scale and glamour of capital marina.