One of my favourite spots in South Dublin for a walk and/or a coffee is Killiney Hill Park. The park is surrounded by Dalkey, Killiney, Ballybrack and Loughlistown. You can get here by bus, dart and by car. You will meet here people walking their dogs, jogging, relaxing or just taking a break from the daily routine. The views are magnificent. You can appreciate distant views of sea, cost and land including Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains. If you come here with kids, they will love its large playground, endless paths, hills and greenery.
Killiney Bay on the picture below apparently resembles the Bay of Naples. On sunny days – no need to mention!
The topography is unique and dramatic. You might find yourself struggling while climbing some of the paths. My usual walk brings me along the cost line towards the query next to the Telegraph Tower, and then back to Tea Rooms and up to the Obelisk. Between the last two you will find a few benches to sit down, relax and appreciate the view. When you look down, you will notice a little castle-like building. It is owned by Enya. In the distance you can spot one of Martello Towers. The Obelisk was erected in 1741 and is located at the highest point at 170 m above sea level. The park was featured in the movie Once (trailer ).
According to DLR County Council brochure on parks this park was once part of the estate of Killiney Castle (now Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel) a prominent residence in the area. The original house was built in 1740 by Col. John Mapas. The property was owned in turn by a Mr. Maunsell, Henry Loftus, Viscount of Ely, Lord Clonmel and Robert Warren, who in 1840 enlarged the house and called it Killiney Castle. He also restored and added to the monuments on the hill. The park was purchased from his son, Robert Warren Jnr. by Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Memorial Association. It was then open to public but it wasn’t free.
The “Tea Rooms” at the main Killiney Hill Road entrance, is a stone lodge built as a keeper’s house when the lands belonged to the castle. It’s a cafe these days with a dedicated area for dogs in front with small hooks and water. They have a selection of cakes including gluten free brownies (yummmm) and really good coffee. I mean really.
If you want to find out more about the park, I would recommend a walking tour. It takes place every Thursday this summer at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Last tour will take place on 3rd September 2015. Meeting point at the “Tea Rooms”. It’s organised by DLR.
How to get there:
- By bus: no. 59 (From Dún Laoghaire) & no. 8 (From Dublin + 10 minute walk) (Dublin Bus website)
- By car: From Dún Laoghaire follow R119 to Killiney Hill, from Bray follow the R761 Dublin Road. Continue onto R119 via Shankill, Shanganagh Road and onto Killiney Hill Road.
- By Dart (train): 15 minute walk from Dalkey Dart Station or 25 minute walk from Killiney Dart Station ( Dart website)
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