Visiting Dalkey, Ireland

Dalkey - Perfect for Rock Climbers

Ever thought of rock climbing at the Dalkey Quarry? At the beginning of the 1800s the quarry of the city of Dalkey was used for extracting granite needed to finish the new harbour at Dun Laoghaire. What makes the quarry attractive to the climbers everywhere is the fact that it was not landscaped in any way. It is left wild and it includes only one path and steps and a lot of vegetation, making it an attraction for peregrine falcons as well. Although it is open to the public most of the time, authorities ban climbing in the near vicinity of the nests. The first climbing took place in 1942 by a few members of the Irish Mountaineering Club that published a handwritten mini guide detailing everything there is to know about the Dalkey Quarry climbing. Since the landscape of the Dalkey Quarry did not change much over the years, expect having to clear some of the vegetation and avoid loose rocks, due to an increased number of climbers. At the same time, this uncovered a couple of more quality climbs at grades up to E7 that are all explained in the most recent Dalkey Quarry guide published in 2005 and including over 300 climbs explanations. After you are done climbing, you can chill out with a cool traditional Irish ale at one of the local pubs in the area.

Getting to Dalkey

Dalkey is just along the coast from Dun Laoghaire, just a few minutes by car. In fact you could probably walk it in about half an hour. The nearest ferry port to Dalkey is Dun Laoghaire, although obviously Dublin ferry port is pretty close too, and Rosslare is just a bit further south.

Moving on from Dalkey

It would be easy to visit Dalkey on a day trip from Dublin or pass through on your way from Dun Laoghaire or Dublin ferry ports, yet still remain close to the main motorway networks around Dublin (M50 and M11). For closer destinations, you could easily make it to Bray, Wicklow, or the Wicklow mountains. Further afield, the choice is yours, since you can easily reach the motorway routes for all directions.

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