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Why the Dalkey to Killiney Hill Walk Makes a Great Day Out in Dublin

Take the Dalkey to Killiney Hill walk and more on a County Dublin day trip. Explore Dublin's coast including the Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Monkstown restaurants. Experience coastal Dublin in a day.
In this post, we'll explore a Dublin day trip itinerary centered around the Dalkey to Killiney Hill walk. Explore things to do along Dublin's South Coast for an ideal day out. 

About This Dublin City Itinerary

One Day in Dublin City Itinerary Rating: Intermediate to Ambitious
This Dublin itinerary is recommended for people with the following interests: nature, hiking, history

Dalkey to Killiney Hill Walk and More: flower boat at the People's Park in Dun Laoghaire

Explore the South Dublin Coast: Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Monkstown Itinerary in Brief

  1. Breakfast at Bear Market
  2. Shop Blackrock Market
  3. Stroll Blackrock Park
  4. Feel the breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
  5. Watch crazy locals jump into the freezing Irish Sea at 40 Foot
  6. Lunch Choices
    • Corner Note Cafe in Dalkey
    • (Sundays) People's Park Market in Dun Laoghaire
  7. Afternoon Activities 
    1. Tour Dalkey Castle (Intermediate)
    2. Hike Sorrento Park and Killiney Hill (Ambitious)
  8. Have a pint at Finnegan's Pub in Dalkey
  9. Dinner at FX Buckley in Monkstown
  10. Catch a Cover Band at Purty Kitchen

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Explore the South Dublin Coast: Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Monkstown Itinerary in Detail

Leave Dublin City Centre behind and take the DART train south from Dublin City to Blackrock to start the day. Bear Market serves our favorite Dublin roastery: Silverskin Coffee. 

Grab an almond croissant or a dense whole grain muffin for breakfast. There isn't a lot of seating at Bear Market but there are a handful of stools where you can sit, sip your coffee and watch the action. 

If the time is right, pop into Blackrock Market and have a browse of the eclectic vendors. Blackrock Market is open limited hours 11 - 17:30 on weekends and 12-15:00 on weekdays).
Dalkey to Killiney Hill walk and more: Martello Tower in Blackrock Dublin
Walk along the coastal path through Blackrock Park taking time to admire the nearby Martello Tower before catching the DART from Bootertown to Dun Laoghaire

Martello Towers are small round forts built by the British in Ireland to protect the coast during the Napoleonic wars. Explore Dun Laoghaire harbour and then walk out to 40 Foot where you may find hearty souls jumping into the Irish Sea year round. 

En route, you'll find Teddy's Ice Cream dishing out cones of vanilla soft serve with or without a chocolate Flake.
Dalkey to Killiney Hill walk and more: tour Dalkey Castle
If you happen to do this one day in Dublin itinerary on a Sunday, check out the People's Park Market for lunch. On any other day, take the train south from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey for lunch at the quaint Corner Note Cafe. 

In the afternoon, take the period character-guided tour of Dalkey Castle or get your legs pumping with a hike to Sorrento Park and Killiney Hill for spectacular views over Dublin Bay. This route is definitely one of the best walks in Dublin

Grab a pint at Finnegan's pub in Dalkey and then head north on the train to Monkstown DART station. Seek out great food for dinner at Monkstown restaurants. 

Stop for a steak dinner at FX Buckley. FX Buckley also serves up delightful desserts. Catch a gig at Monkstown's Purty Kitchen to round out your day out in Dublin covering South Dublin's Coast.
Monkstown Restaurants: Dessert at FX Buckley

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Did you enjoy your visit to Dalkey Castle so much that you want to see more Irish castles? Why not head over to Drimnagh Castle, one of my favorite Dublin hidden gems.

Map of the Dalkey to Killiney Hill Walk Plus Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, and Monkstown Restaurants

Click on the image of hte map below to open an interactive version highlighting the points of interest from Dalkey to Killiney Hill, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, and Monkstown restaurants.

Dalkey to Killiney Hill walk map (and more)

Guide to Sidewalk Safari Dublin City Itineraries

  • Leisurely: No need to get up super-early to start this itinerary which is always good if you experienced a little too much of Dublin's famous craic the night before. Take your time exploring the sights on these itineraries or take detours that you discover on your own in the process of following my suggestions.
  • Intermediate: You should be able to comfortably fit in the activities recommended even if you don't get an early start. There is a fair amount of walking involved in these itineraries to get from place to place.
  • Ambitious: Lots to see plus a lot of walking. Make sure to get an early start or you won't make it to everything on the list.
The perfect formula for a day out in Dublin City includes: breakfast/coffee, morning activities, lunch, afternoon activities, a pub stop, dinner, and evening fun.

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Dalkey to Killiney Hill Walk and More Plus Monkstown Restaurants


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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Why the Dalkey to Killiney Hill Walk Makes a Great Day Out in Dublin
Why the Dalkey to Killiney Hill Walk Makes a Great Day Out in Dublin
Take the Dalkey to Killiney Hill walk and more on a County Dublin day trip. Explore Dublin's coast including the Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Monkstown restaurants. Experience coastal Dublin in a day.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog