Dalkey circuit, South County Dublin
From Dalkey Dart station, follow signs to Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Enter to view the medieval castle and remains of St Begnet’s 8th Century church. If not, pass Archbold’s Castle before turning right onto Ulverton Road. Continue along this road to reach Bullock Castle before veering right down Harbour Road towards Bullock Harbour — a fine place to take in the expanse of Dublin Bay and see the local fishermen’s catch. If you can, make time to take a guided kayak tour out to Dalkey Island (9.30am and 2.30pm daily; kayaking.ie). Then, continue down to the lovely Coliemore Harbour for views out to sea and Dalkey Island. Next, follow the road down to reach Dillon’s Park and then
walk to the top of Sorrento Park, with its panoramic sea views across Dublin and Killiney bays, before returning to Dalkey village via Sorrento Road. Dalkey Dart station By Dart from the city centre to Dalkey station. By car, follow signs into Dalkey via Barnhill Road, then along the main street to park at the Dart station.
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4km/ 1 hr Dalkey Heritage Town leaflet with map inside available from Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (dalkeycastle.com) or OSI Official Dublin City and District Street Guide
You’re spoilt for choice in this upmarket village. But for a cuppa, try Mugs Cafe or Ouzos for steak and seafood or sit outside the Queen’s (all on Castle Street), for chicken wings and a pint and watch the world go by. You might just spot local man Bono.