Dalkey Island


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Dalkey Island

Find tranquillity in seclusion at this 9-hectare uninhabited island, only a 5-minute ferry journey from Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey. Holy stones are dotted around the island, and the ruins of a 7th-century church remind us that this has long been a place of pilgrimage and spirituality. The island is believed to have been inhabited in the 4th millennium BC, as well as having seen Neolithic, Viking, and Medieval settlements. Today, the island is deserted, with wild goats roaming the land. The island is also a favourite of kayakers in the Dublin region.

Do & See

Dublin's streets are a busy mix of past and present. This city has always inspired writers, visitors, and political firebrands alike. To walk these streets is to journey through history–from the city's Viking roots by the banks of the river Liffey to its atmospheric medieval churches with their mummified remains and holy relics. The more recent architecture includes the gracious Georgian streets, as well as museums, theatres, and several parks where one can escape the hustle and bustle of city life.