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Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

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Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Hpurple has previously suggested a scenic walk to Dalkey, which I would like to include in our trip to Dublin in May. We will be taking the DART. I'm not good at judging distances, so any ideas how long a walk would be that might take in Sandycove to Dalkey and then maybe continuing on by foot or DART to Killiney as well. Or on the other hand would it be best to reverse the route and start in Killilney? Is there a marked trail or road way or board walk? Thanks for any specifiic directions you can give me!

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1. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

I would start in Dun Laoghiare and walk to Dalkey via Sandycove and Bullock Harbour. This would take an hour at least and part of the deal would not to be hurrying! Once you get to Dalkey you can stop off for a while, and one of the nicest parts of Dalkey is the coastal road. This will lead you up to Sorrento Park and the Vico Road/Baths. This is another hour at least also but that would be at a relaxing pace. It is worth it (weather being hopefully kind). Once you hit the Vico road you are in Killiney and there is no big need to get to Killiney DART station as you have covered most of the attractions by then. Instead I would wonder back to Dalkey and spend the evening there enjoying a few drinks and a bite to eat in one of the numerous restaurants or pubs.

I’m not sure what day you plan on doing this, but a Sunday is a great day in Dun Laoghaire as we have the fabulous market in the Park where you can get a wonderful lunch al fresco, again weather permitting.

As for specific directions, stick to the coast as much as possible and your markers would be: Dun L - Sandycove - Bullock Harbour - Dalkey - Sorrento Park - Vico Road. Nice restaurant in Dalkey would be Ragazzi's - especailly their focaccia roasmary! Book in advance.

Edited: 10 April 2011, 17:11
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2. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

You might find this of use:

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3. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Inspired by yourself Keleac I'm heading to Dalkey Castle next Saturday, I will report back here with any useful info!!! :-)

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4. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

I have walked from Dalkey to Glasthule took me about 45/60 mins) there was a stop along the way!

Also worth checking out is Coliemore Harbour , Glasthule Village and make sure to visit this excellent little bookshop in Dalkey Village :-)

http://www.exchangebookshop.ie/

http://www.sandycoveglasthule.com/

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5. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Marvellous!!

hpurple: Thanks for all your help...I think I can manage now without getting lost! I do indeed plan to linger and enjoy. Hopefully I will make the trek on a Sunday, weather permitting, but my itinerary is flexible. And I happen to love foccacia!

Joe_J_King: I have discovered a new iPhone App.Thanks for the link and I enjoyed reading your description of the walk, especially the hidden treasure.

lollymcd: I can't wait to read y our review of Dalkey Castle! :D

suzy_flag: The time estimate helps...I imagine there will be a few stops along the way! Any good coffee shops, bakery, ice creamstands?

Edited: 10 April 2011, 21:06
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6. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

I often walk from Sandycove to Dalkey via Bullock Harbour. There are lots of coffee shops and great pubs in Dalkey. You really need to continue along the coastal route to Coliemore Harbour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9WcWYN_-6U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7bczS6oCtc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_EqkFqg-f4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upDfX7D3b7c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcHnyj6nLLo

And you might see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL6mRcdhdXo

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7. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Joe King , Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos...I can't wait to experience it in person.

And the YouTube videos were fun! Thanks to boxthefox for that.

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8. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Ice - cream: When you start the walk from Dun L along the coast line to Sandycove you will notice a queue of people standing outside a shop called Teddy’s for a cone ice cream.

As for a coffee shop: There is a really nice one right in the centre of Dalkey with seating upstairs and a limited amount downstairs. However on a lovely day it is nice to get a takeaway and have a mini feast in Dillon’s Park opposite Dalkey Island.

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9. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Mmm mmm good! That should help keep our strength up for our walk! I truly appreciate everyone's kind replies...I am so impressed with the genuineness and generosity of the contributors on this site. I feel like I'm chatting with friends and not just reading a guide book. I am new to TA but I plan to make my own contributions in the future. Soooooo, if I can prevail about your kindness once more :-)... let me throw it out there... where can I find the freshest, best, most authentic fish and chips?? Take away wrapped in newspaper even better!! Fingerlicking good, enjoyed by the beach, throwing the scraps to the seagulls kinda good?!? I would have said thrown to the seals but I think I read along the way that it's illegal. Hope I get to see some seals :D Okay, so that's two more questions...where is the best seal watching? My daughters are so delighted about the prospect of seeing the seals... sadly only ever seen them in zoos or marineparks :(

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10. Re: Walking from Sandycove to Dalkey or Killiney?

Hi Keleac

Your daughters would enjoy a trip to Howth to see the seals. Just get on the DART and when you arrive in Howth station turn left this will bring you to the harbour. The seals are normally swimming around if you look over the edge you can see them looking back up at you! Its amazing to see how big they are. Unfortunately Fish and Chips have been off the menu in our house lately - but I did notice a huge queue at a chipper near the harbour (as I gazed longingly at them!!) There are a few other places as well you will see them as you walk along - there is often a van selling take aways too. In Howth you can get ice-cream from Mauds Ice Cream shop in Dun Laoghaire Teddys is an institution and a place we always have to visit when we pass by!

Have a wonderful holiday - I can just tell by your posts that you are really going to have a great time.

Edited: 11 April 2011, 13:25