Walk #4 is from Dalkey to Killiney Hill.

The great thing about the Dublin suburbs is that they’re often overlooked by tourists. Although the adjoining towns of Dalkey and Killiney are just outside the big city, they still maintain an authentic, local feel.

This walk is very easy to get to using Dublin’s DART train and it’s perfect for a clear, sunny day. Coming from Dublin city centre on the DART line for 30 minutes, just get off at Dalkey Station and feast your eyes on the precious seaside village speckled with giant mansions.

You’ll pass along Sorrento Road going southeast and end up in the tiny Sorrento Park. After that, continue onto Vico Road to begin the summit onto Dalkey Hill, and then the adjoining Killiney Hill, via Cat’s Ladder, steep steps that lead up to the summit.

The path slips high and low but is still relatively easy throughout. Follow the partially wooded path up to Killiney Hill, and you’ll eventually make it to the obelisk on Killiney Hill. And THIS is the spot you’re going to want to spend some time admiring, as you get a full 360° view. You’ve got Dublin City in one direction, the Wicklow Mountains in the other, as well as the Dun Laoghaire harbour and Howth peninsula. The glorious views from up here won’t disappoint!

From there, you can descend onto Killiney Hill Road, and begin the 15-minute walk to the picturesque village of Killiney and it’s DART station on the beach. Before heading home, you can eat at Druid’s Chair pub right by the bottom of the hill!


Distance: 4.9km
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate


Route Map

As always, thanks to our guest blogger, Sara.  Follow along with her travels and recounts of expat life!

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