We took advantage of the half term break and headed over to Ireland to stay with friends who have repatriated home, after 4 years in Australia. Wonderful to catch up, discuss the dramas of relocation and shipping agents over a glass or two of wine and/or award winning home brew and spend time discovering the beauty of Ireland. It's not called the Emerald Isle for nothing!
On our first morning we went for a walk in the lovely Killiney Hill Park. Once part of the estate of Killiney Castle, it is now a public park. Beautiful walkways with a carpet of freshly fallen autumn leaves. It has magnificent views over Dublin Bay and the Wicklow mountains with the highest point 170m above sea level.
The girls all had a great time running through the paths and climbing the moss covered trees. Perfect place to enjoy the views, stroll through the woods and take in the natural landscape.
The Dalkey Quarry created a stark contrast with sheer cliffs enclosing green parkland, it's very popular with rock climbers.
Such a wonderful outlook of the sea, the coast and the land from every part of the park. It's fun spotting castles in the distance.
A wonderful introduction to the beautiful country of Ireland. A bird's eye view of the city, the ocean and the mountains, all from a vantage point, spectacular in it's own right.
There is parking, Tea Rooms, lots of perfect spots for a picnic, fabulous fenced children's play area, walking paths and woodland trails to explore. Dogs are welcome. Did I mention the views!!!
Killiney Hill Park, Killiney Hill Road, County Dublin. Main Entrance via Car Park at Burton Road. Pedestrian Entrances: Ardburgh Road, Killiney Hill Road, Torca Road, Victoria Road/Killiney Hill Junction.