Between 1804 and 1812 a chain of Martello Towers were constructed in Ireland, England and the Channel Islands to defend the coastlines against the sea attacks by the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. There were as many as 74 towers built in Ireland mainly along the south and east coasts. Each tower was built to a standard design comprising three floors. The first floor was dedicated to storage of ammunition and provisions, the second floor as living quarters and a gun platform on the roof. The walls of each tower were built 2.5 metres thick to prevent against cannon fire. After the Napoleonic wars were over, many of the towers were converted into residences as is the case in Hicks Tower.
This Martello Tower was built in 1805 and in 1910, the architect Fredrick George Hicks bought the tower and converted it into an Arts and Crafts – style residence. He added the conical roof and cut windows into walls. The living room is the original vaulted space in the tower and the bedroom in the conical roof built over the gun platform. The work was much lauded in architectural journals at the time and remains one of the best conversions of a Martello Tower in Dublin.
Carrick Hill Martello Tower
This tower was built to protect Portmarnock Beach and remained in service until 1874. It was bought in 1928 by Cyril Wilan. Cyril converted the tower into a residence with additional rooms on the ground floor built at the side. A castellated roof was added to the gun platform and windows were cut into the side of the building to let in more light.
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 – www.dublinbus.ie
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