If you’re visiting Dublin and want to see the capital from a different point of view, there is no better way than catching the next Dart southbound for a day bay trip to the beautiful coastal town of Dalkey, where you will find a truly charming coastal gem, filled with amazing activities combining urban adventure with nature! We will cover the best spots for your next day trip!
Start your day on the water with Ken The Ferryman on a boat trip to the beautiful Dalkey Island! The Island is known as “Thorny Island” due to its shape. There is no better place to be on a Summer’s day, offering aesthetic views of the mainland & open water whilst being able to enjoy a delicious packed picnic! Why not explore the Island’s ruins of forts & churches telling the story of its history of Viking settlement in the Middle Ages & much more! You can also embrace the Island’s wildlife being home to many of Ireland’s breeding & coastal birds!
The Corner Note
After your morning of sightseeing, it’s time for a treat! Located on Dalkey’s main street you will find one of the most delicious café’s Dublin has to offer, The Corner Note! From lemon drizzle & delicious chocolate brownies to freshly made Irish brown bread the selection of treats is endless to fill your belly for an afternoon of more coastal adventures! They also do a great cup of coffee! Which you can enjoy in the array of Summer sunshine!
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Next up, it’s Dalkey Castle! The history of the castle and what it was like to live in the Middle Ages is brought to life by real-life actors demonstrating historic archery, barber surgery and cookery, as part of every guided tour! Experience some magnificent views of the sea and mountains at the peak of the castle and make sure to check out the Writers’ Gallery which features the work of 45 creative artists from Joyce to Bono and Beckett to Maeve Binchy. This is an attraction not to be missed receiving Trip Advisors Travellers’ Choice award for 2020!
Kayaking with the Seals
It’s time to get back out on the water with kayaking.ie but while getting to know the local Dalkey Seals! Take to the waters of bullock Harbour and enjoy the company of seals from the nearby colony of Dalkey Island! Experience the ocean views like never before, whilst paddling your way through the open water! Keep an eye out for rare birds and enjoy the harbour views on this half-day escape into nature. Another coastal gem Dublin has to offer!
Finnegans of Dalkey
Who’s ready for a pint? After a long day of exploring there is no better way than to top it all off with a refreshing pint and some good food! Finnegan’s of Dalkey is the perfect place to do that whether you’re dining outside on the perfect sun-trapped terrace listening to the bustling sounds of the busy main street or dining inside the cosy Irish pub that is known to be Bono’s local! They are known to serve a great pint of Guinness!
Finish your day off with a relaxing evening stroll to Dalkey’s most instagrammable location, Dillon’s Park! The secluded park is one of the most peaceful & aesthetic parks to sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful view of Dalkey Island and beyond, watching boats sail across the open water only a stone’s throw away from your picnic bench! This is the perfect place to top off a bay day trip, and to watch the sun go down!
Located only a short train journey away from this coastal gem, we are the perfect headquarters for you to enjoy one of Dublin’s most peaceful seaside resorts!