A little background info....We will be in the Dublin area for 3 nights, coming from Belfast on the first day (leaving Belfast early morning) and heading to the airport drop off family on the third day. We plan to do the HOHO on the first day we are there, seeing whatever sites we have time for. We plan to do a half-day (or however long it turns out) to Wicklow on the second day and go back to Dublin afterward, if the day in Wicklow ends relatively early. Their flight out of Dublin doesn't leave until 11.20am on the third day, so we wouldn't have to leave too early. We will have a car, but I know driving in Dublin is discouraged. We have found a beautiful sea-side self-catering apt on Dublin Bay, about a 10 minute walk to Dalkey. So my questions are...do we drive to the DART station in Dalkey and take that into the city (the website for our accommodation says it's about a 25 minute journey, but the DART website says 1 hour 7 minutes?) or drive to Dublin, and leave the car in a car park all day to save time by not taking the DART? I know the latter option, would probably be more pricey, but there would be 4 of us paying to take the DART, so I wasn't sure if that would almost be the same as a car park all day (the price for the DART RT journey Dalkey-Dublin wasn't coming up on their website). I am just concerned about wasting 2+ hrs a day of our precious Dublin time by using the DART and concerned that the DART doesn't run as late into the evenings as we would like to stay in Dublin. Or should we scratch the Dalkey idea entirely and just stay near or in the City Centre?
Here is the link the the apt we are considering, so you can see why I am so tempted to stay there!