Biscayne House and the Vikings in Malahide

The Word Vikings comes from old Norse -Vikingr and our goods friends from Norway are our closest cousins.

The Vikings were seafaring North Germanic people who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic Islands from the late 8th to the mid 11th centuries.

The Vikings used wooden Longships consisting of wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation in rough seas or, in shallow river waters. The ships could be landed on beaches and their light weight allowed them to be hauled over portages.

The versatile ships made it possible for the Vikings to travel as far as Constantinople and the Volga River, Russia in the east, as far as Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland in the west and as far south as Nekor.
This period of expansion is known as the Viking Age and constitutes an important element of medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia and the rest of Europe.
The received views of the Vikings as violent brutes or intrepid adventurers owe much to the modern Viking myth that had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations are typically highly cliched, presenting the Vikings as familiar caricatures.

Malahide became a persistent settlement from the coming of the Vikings who landed in 795 AD and used Malahide Estuary as a convenient base. The Danes were resident in 897 A.D. Mc Turkill, the last Danish king of Dublin retired to Malahide in 1171 from whom the Normans took over in 1185.

Biscayne House Details

Biscayne House Bed & Breakfast 57 Biscayne, Coast Road, Malahide, County Dublin.

Biscayne House is located just outside the picturesque village of Malahide, north of Dublin city. The Business was established in 1997 and is owned and managed by Roger and Wannipa Geraghty.
The combination of Irish and Thai nationality ensures that every guest receives a very warm welcome and a pleasant stay.

There are lovely views overlooking the Irish sea at the front.

Convenient to Malahide Castle, scenic walks, fishing, swimming, sailing amenities, sandy beaches, sports clubs and there are several excellent pubs and restaurants within walking distance.

Getting to Biscayne House and Malahide

Biscayne House B&B is just 10 minutes drive from Dublin Airport.

There is a bus service to and from Dublin Airport – Number 102
The Timetable can be viewed at –

The bus service from the airport costs €2.50 per person.

There is a local Taxi service available to any destination and early Airport runs.
Taxis to and from the Airport cost approximately €20.
The number 32 is the best bus to take when travelling from Dublin City to Biscayne House.
The bus leaves from Lower Abbey Street in the city centre approximately every forty five minutes.
The bus stop is 100 metres from Biscayne House.
The bus fare to and from the city is €2.80 each way

There is also a rail service to and from the city centre in the centre of the village.

Travelling by bus from Dublin Airport to Biscayne House, take the number 102 all the way to Malahide and stay on the bus through the village and up the coast road. Get off at the 2nd Bus Stop after Oscar Taylor’s Steak House and the Island View Hotel.
When you get off the bus walk back 100 metres towards Malahide and the entrance to Biscayne is across the road.
You’ll see the finger post sign for Biscayne House and we are number 57 up on the corner.

Travelling by car, go through Malahide village and up the Coast Road. Take the second turn right after Oscar Taylor’s Steak House and the Island View Hotel. At the turn into Biscayne, you’ll see a finger post sign saying “Biscayne House keep left” and we are number 57 up on the corner.

Any problems ring us at 01-8541459 or 086-2316478

Roger & Wannipa Geraghty



Biscayne House & Gilbert & Wright, Malahide


Gilbert & Wright’s is a 15 minute walk or two minutes drive from Biscayne House. The unique establishment has taken the vibrant town Malahide by storm and we guarantee during your visit you’ll be tempted to either sing or dance.
Attracting a broad mix of people, it has quickly established a name for its relaxed, informal yet intimate atmosphere with a ‘70s retro vibe.
It’s the place to be to enjoy a drink with friends or casual bistro-style food, with the iconic music of the Seventies in the background.

Whether you lived through the Seventies or simply appreciate the cultural aspects of that decade, the Gilbert & Wright offering will raise an eyebrow or two and bring a smile to your face!
From older-style wooden floors and occasional shag-pile carpets to free-standing lamps with their strange-shaped shades and stacked sound speakers/woofers, this is the ‘70s re-visited in no uncertain way.

Music icons of the era – from Blondie to Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix to The Doors – feature on specially commissioned wall paintings while framed album covers and platinum record awards adorn other walls. Funky chintzy wallpaper – covered in one case with ducks flying in formation! – add to the distinctive ‘70s feel.

Mix ‘n match couches with soft seating and leopard-skin cushion covers, a manual typewriter, old dial-up telephones, an assortment of tables and chairs and other memorabilia are all reminiscent of the Seventies era.

No matter what your preference of drink, Gilbert & Wright can satisfy most tastes – complemented by casual bistro-style food – an experience enhanced by classic music of the Seventies.

To use the vernacular of the time, ‘be there or be square’!

Roger & Wannipa Geraghty

Biscayne House and Malahide Railway


The arrival of the railway in Malahide in 1844 was one of the turning points in the history of Malahide. Initially, there were two proposed routes for a railway north from Dublin, a coastal route and an inland route through Navan to Armagh.
The decision of the coastal route went in Malahide’s favour and as a result, some excellent local town planning followed.

The railway took nine years to build and on the Dublin side of the Station, it took 90 tons of gunpowder to blast through the rocks. An eleven span wooden viaduct carried the rails over the estuary to the north of the station. In one month during 1841 there were 8 deaths reported and 103 cases of injury among the workers.
Labourers were paid 8 pence a month. 10 shillings were received for injuries incurred while £5 was granted for death resulting from injuries.
The railway line cost almost £22,000 per mile to build as far as Drogheda.
By December 1843, there were seven to eight thousand men employed on the works.
On the 17th. March 1844 the Norah Creina, pulling 7 coaches and carrying 565 passengers, traveled the 30 miles from Dublin to Drogheda in 1 hour and 12 minutes.
It stopped at Malahide to allow the Talbot family to embark.
During the Famine, many starving Northerners reached Malahide by walking the railway tracks.
At the turn of the century daily sea-side excursions from Dublin were organised, with children free. Cheap Sunday fares were also introduced.
In 1903, Malahide Station was designed and It was one of the few stations in rural Ireland to provide a canopy for shelter.
In the last few years the station has been used as a setting for television commercials.
The line from Dublin to Malahide was electrified in 1999 and a frequent suburban DART service commenced in 2000.

For Train and DART Timetables to Malahide visit –

Wannipa & Roger Geraghty – Biscayne House



Biscayne House & the Dublin Sightseeing Tour


During your stay in Malahide, why not take the short bus or rail ride into the Capital and let the City Sightseeing Dublin Tour team of drivers and guides show you the highlights of our intimately cosmopolitan Dublin city. With 28 stops at the top visitor attractions in Dublin, special offers and discounts off many admissions you can enjoy the freedom of the city for up to 48hours.

The City Sightseeing Dublin Tour was voted the best global City Sightseeing Tour in 2011 out of 99 open top operators around the world and won the first Ireland Excellence Award 2012!

All City Sightseeing tours are locally owned and operated but globally connected wearing the same bright happy brand and sharing the same passion for delivering excellence.

Hop on the exciting “BLUE ROUTE” exploring the North and South of the Dublin City.
Visit the most popular attractions such Guinness Storehouse, Glasnevin Cemetery, Croke Park and The Botanic Gardens!
All for the price of 1 ticket! Now you can’t beat this offer can you! Tour starts operating on Mondays from March and runs every 30 minutes (July- August – every 20-30 minutes).

You can enjoy a 2 day valid ticket to explore the fantastic city of Dublin. Hop on and off at your leisure and discover the exciting attractions at any of the 28 stops.
Visit the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Writer’s museum and all of the free national museums and art galleries.
There are so many things to do and see in Dublin! Take a stroll through Stephen’s Green or enjoy a coffee break in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar.
With a 2 day valid ticket you are guaranteed to see the best that Dublin has to offer.

Your ticket gives you access to 2 routes to really explore the city.
The “RED” route will bring you to exciting attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral.
The “YELLOW” route explores the newly developed Dublin Docklands with exciting attractions such as the historic Famine region, the Grand Canal Theatre and the spectacular Convention Centre.
This tour route operates from May – Sept. So let’s do.

Enjoy live commentary from the locals who hold a wealth of information. Award winning & trained to the highest standard so that you can enjoy the history and the true local culture that lies within Dublin city.
They certainly make this tour special!

Roger & Wannipa Geraghty

Biscayne House and Public Transport

Network Noel, the Football on a Stick is the Dublin Bus Mascot

Network Noel

From Dublin Airport

Network Noel says the number 102 which departs from just outside arrivals at Dublin Airport will bring you all the way to Biscayne House.
Stay on the bus all the way to Malahide, through Malahide Village and up the Coast Road.
Get off the bus at the second stop after Oscar Taylor’s Steak House and The Island View Hotel. This will leave you right beside the seashore and across the road to Biscayne. Walk back 100 metres towards Malahide to the entrance to Biscayne. You’ll see a finger post sign at the entrance to Biscayne saying “Biscayne House keep left for 50 metres” and we are number 57 up on the corner facing in the direction of the Irish Sea.

From Dublin City

Network Noel says the number 32 leaving Lower Abbey Street in Dublin City Centre is the best bus to take to Biscayne House.
Stay on the bus all the way to Portmarnock and when you get to the end of Portmarnock, you’ll see the velvet strand on the right and White Sands Hotel (Tamango’s Night Club) on the left. At this point, get ready to get off the bus as you’re about two minutes drive on the bus to the stop outside Biscayne. The next land mark to look out for will be Malahide United’s Football ground at Gannon Park and Robswall. There is a Gym to the front of the club with a glass building.
Biscayne is the next stop after the stop beside the club.
When you get off the bus, walk back in the direction the bus came from for 30 metres to the entrance of Biscayne.
At the entrance, you’ll see a finger post sign “Biscayne House keep left for 50 metres” and we are number 57 up on the corner facing in the direction of the Irish Sea.

To view Network Noel’s Bus Timetable for the number 102 – visit –

To view Network Noel’s Bus Timetable for the number 32 – visit –