We are staying on the theme of things to do outside of Dublin city center this week. The day after the blog awards (feeling a bit ropey) we were blessed with a lovely late summers day in Dublin. As mentioned in last weeks blog we stayed in the Rochestown Lodge Hotel near Dun Laoghaire. The Hotel set us up for the day with a fabulous breakfast. I’m not a fan of buffet breakfasts in Hotels so I was delighted when we were seated in the lovely airy restaurant and handed a menu. The full Irish was just what the doctor ordered with plenty of toast!
My brother was my companion for breakfast that day and the poor fella had to go to work later that afternoon. But not before suggesting to me that I take a walk up Killiney Hill. Another part of Dublin that I have never been to and only a short 5 minute drive from the Hotel. I headed out of the Hotel in the direction of Killiney Hill road. The entrance to the main car park for Killiney Hill park is on this road but there are pedestrian access points at Ardburgh road, Killiney Hill road, Torca road and Killiney Hill Junction. I parked up the car in the cark park and made my way over to the information board to figure out the best route to take.
The walk up the hill starts easy enough through the woods in the park. There were plenty of people out walking their dogs and enjoying the nice weather. After about 5 minutes I came accross a beautiful cafe – the tower tea rooms. They serve snacks, pastries and sandwiches in here with plenty of seating outside and its dog friendly! This would be a lovely spot to have a rest after the walk up the hill!
After you pass the tea rooms you start to climb. Its not a steep climb up the hill and I reached the top with relative ease (that’s coming from a girl who was after a late night the night before :)). The views as you reach the top of this hill are amazing! You have a fabulous view down over Bray and Bray head with the dart running right underneath you. There was a bench at the top of this path so you can sit and take in the amazing view. I kept following the path to reach the Obelisk at the very top of the hill. The obelisk was built in the 1740’s. It was commissioned by the local landlord, John Mapas, to provide employment for the local poor who had been devastated by an incredibly cold winter.
The obelisk has been refurbished a few times since then but it still has its ominous position overlooking Killiney Bay and the Irish sea. There are two smaller structures up here also. A cone shaped structure known and the witches hat and also a step pyramid. These were more than likely built in the mid 19th century- possibly around the same time as Queen Victoria’s Jubillee (the hill was previously known as Victoria hill). The view from the pyramid steps is particularly spectacular. You can see all the way down to Dalkey, Sorrento point and Dalkey Island. The air up here is amazing and you really feel like you are on top of the world looking out over another view of Dublin.
I continued on down the path through the woods and up another path that takes you up to the top of Dalkey hill and the most spectacular views over the northern coast of Dublin. From here you can see Dun Laoghaire and as far as Howth head. The old Dalkey quarry is near here where you can go rock climbing also. The Semaphore tower is located up here which was used to communicate with the other Martello towers along the coast and signal to ships on the coast. Who knew there was so much history up here! After a lovely walk I decided to take my leave of Killiney Hill park and Dublin. I was on the M50 within 10 minutes and straight back down the road south.
I would normally be the person telling everyone to get out of Dublin and see more of the Irish countryside but there is truly so much to see in our nations capital. The Rochestown Lodge Hotel was really the perfect place to base ourselves on this occasion and is really good value for money. I have attached all the links below for your trip! As always- Happy Galavanting! xx