Dalkey is a small village south-east of Dublin, with a particularly scenic location and home to many well-heeled people who commute to the city centre each day. It was originally founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages. In modern times, Dalkey has become a prosperous seaside suburb and a minor tourist attraction.


Dalkey Island has the ruins of 18th century fortresses, and a church that is earlier still. There is a small lookout point near a rock-walled cove for boats, called Coliemore Harbour, which makes a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Not far away is Sorrento Park, a nearly-hidden park set on a steep but small hill offering views not just of the island but also up the picturesque coastline. All in all, it’s hard to conceive of a better day’s respite from the pubs.

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