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Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Killiney Loop Walk

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Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland

Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Killiney Loop Walk is a 8.5 mile loop trail located near Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,118 ft Route type Loop
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Follow the coast around the smart suburbs of south-east Dublin and return via a historic walkway. Situated between the mountains and the sea, the coastal area on the south side of Dublin Bay from Dun Laoghaire to Killiney encompasses a number of attractive seaside towns and harbours as well as places of historical and literary significance and sites of ecological importance. The history of the development of this area is tightly bound to the history of Dublin City, especially the difficulties involved in navigating ships into Dublin Port. The great harbour in Dun Laoghaire was built as an asylum for ships to protect them from the storms that batter the Irish Sea. Before its construction, the small harbours around Dalkey developed as a safer alternative place to land with passengers and crew. The great granite quarries of Dalkey also supplied most of the stone used to build Dun Laoghaire Harbour and The Metals, the route the wagons carrying the stone used to travel from quarry to building site, still survives to this day. This walk takes you from the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire and its harbour along the coast through Sandycove and Dalkey before climbing to the summit of Killiney Hill, overlooking the great sweep of Killiney Bay, a view compared with that of the Bay of Naples, and then returning to Dun Laoghaire along the historic route of The Metals.

A bright sunny day is the best time to do this walk, if only you could depend on the weather! Flat shoes are essential, as is a windproof rain jacket (just in case!). The walk is mainly on the flat, except for the section around Dalkey and Killiney Hills.

Parking options in Dun Laoghaire are limited and expensive. The best way to get to the start of the walk from Dublin city centre is via the DART. Failing that, many Dublin Bus routes also serve Dun Laoghaire, the most frequent of which is the 46A. There are also a number of options for getting on and off the route if you want to make a shorter trip, with the DART stations at Dalkey, Killiney, Glenageary and Sandycove and Glasthule all running on or near the route.

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Rê Schmidt
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Nice trail, very crowded though

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Jim Gray
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Good loop. We cut through the park as we didn't need the extra k 2k park trek. Very pleasant, slight hills and steps for a moderate workout with wonderful sea views

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Lee Gwilliam
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Hard under foot for much of it, Stone, pavement, road etc. Some great views from the hill. Lots of interesting points in the villages.

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Sonja Burg
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Da Sonntags Foodmarket in Dun Laoghaire ist, habe ich mich gefreut dort zu starten, würde aber das nächste mal in Dalkey starten, da ich es nicht so gerne mag, lange durch Nachbarschaften zu laufen. Es gibt mehrere Bahnstationen auf dem Weg, sodass man die Route leicht und spontan abwandeln kann.

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Kris McConkey
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Nicely varied trail with lots of interesting highlights along the way.

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Andre Studer
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A big part is walking in neighbourhoods. However, the walk and view along the coast of Dalkey and on Killiney are amazing.

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Davor Varivoda
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Great experience, many things to see. Beautiful scenery, sea views, park and forest.

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Christopher Goslin
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My only tip is the entrance to both Dalkey Hill and Killiney Hill are a bit hidden and easy to walk past.... keep an eye out

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Sarah de Barbeyrac
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the view from killiney hill is incredible, you get an amazing view of the sea but also of county dublin, many nice spots to take photos

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Tara Skakie
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Love it here

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Aaron Bartley
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Milena Roth
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Aidan Wade
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Martina Creevey
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Niamh Moran
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Luke Clark
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Luís Cleto
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Daniel Carr
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Emma Atcheler
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Stephen Kirwan
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Debbie Brooks
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Sophia Engelbert
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Reinis Janovskis
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Cormac Meegan
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Ioana Ioana
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Reiner Wendland
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Niamh May
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katarina radoš
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Emre Akşit
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Mary T Hally
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