Dalkey is a lovely small town 8 km south of Dublin, it is actually part of County Dublin. In medieval times Dublin’s most important port was here in Dalkey, and still Dalkey has some buildings/ruins from that time. The town has a rich history and some nice shops, pubs, art galleries, a Heritage Centre and nice walks. Together with the fact that the town is situated along the beautiful coastline makes it a great destination for a daytrip out of Dublin city centre.
I arrived to Dalkey by foot from Killiney. Going back to Dublin I used the DART.
DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is the train going through Dublin to the villages and towns (suburbs) north and south of Dublin. It is very convenient to use if your doing a daytrip to visit the places along the coast.
Tickets can be bought from machines or the booking-office . At Connolly Station the line for buying the ticket was very long early in the morning, but it was also very quick.
I took the DART to Killiney and back from Dalkey. A return ticket to Killiney/Dalkey is 4.10 Euro (February 2007). The trains are quite frequent and runs every 10 - 20 minutes and it takes about 25 minutes.
Dalkey is one of the hot spots of Ireland, where the rich, the famous and the posh live. Where glamour is in the air... Or so I've heard.
This area is a favorite of many Irish celebrities such as Bono, Enya, Van Morrison or Eddie Irvine live. If you are lucky you can meet them in a local Pub. It is also the place where all wannabies hang out, because if you are seen in Dublin, you have a greater chance of "making it" - whatever that means. But don't get me wrong I love Dalkey, it is a beautiful area with many interesting historical sites to visit. And because it is the Beverly Hills of Ireland it is well kept, clean and has one of the most amazing beaches on the East cost (second of which I would say Malahide has!).
What about the town itself? It is a town located in Dun Laoghaire ion the Southern end of the Dublin Bay, it was founded by the Vikings and is named after an island just off shore. It is a popular town with many harbours nearby, good rock climbing opportunities and historical sites. Its medieval streetscape is attractively situated, it has a Heritage Centre that includes a fifteenth century medieval Town House , a tenth century Church & Graveyard, a Modern Exhibition Area and a vibrant Art Gallery. Scaled models and information panels with text written by local Tony-Award winner, Hugh Leonard, vividly illustrate the history of the area.
Even James Joyce set Chapter Two of Ulysses in Dalkey!
It is a nice place to tour with Killianey. And it is easily accessible both by bus and the DART from Dublin.
Very nice suburb south east of Dublin City.
Lots of possiblities to take short hikes along the rugged coast here or have a strawl around town and enjoy a drink and something to eat on the terrace just next to Dalkey Castle.
One of the walks from Dalkey goes straight up Killiney Hill.
Lovely scenery, gorgeous villas... this is Dublin's Hollywood ;) A lot of celebrities live here and it's a very nice area for a walk!