ServicesHOURS OF OPERATION: 7 days a week - 10 o'clock to 6 o'clock After hours appointments available on request.
PricesEight euro per person
Five euro for under 18s
The island's original occupants were from the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age.
WATERS & LEISURE
The island is also an ideal spot for fishing, with Pollock, Coalfish, Wrasse and Mackerel being caught.
The waters around Dalkey Island are much used for sailing, angling and diving. Rocks known as Maiden or Carraig Rock, Clare Rock and Lamb Island all to the northwest form part of the ridge of the Island. Parts of these rocks are only visible at low tide.
When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
- James Joyce -
Dalkey is a suburb of Dublin and seaside resort just south of Dublin City, Ireland. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages. According to John Clyn, it was one of the ports through which the plague entered Ireland in the mid-14th century. In modern times, Dalkey has become a thriving seaside suburb and a minor tourist attraction. It has been home to many writers and celebrities including Maeve Binchy, Hugh Leonard, Bono and Van Morrison.
Ireland is where strange tales begin & happy endings are possible.
- Charles Haughey -
Seals & Goats
Dalkey Island is home to a colony of seals which has greatly expanded in recent years. A herd of wild goats live on the island also.
Birds & Dolphins
Birdwatch Ireland have established a colony of Roseate Terns on Maiden Rock just north of the Island. More recently a pod of three bottlenose dolphins has begun frequenting the waters around Dalkey Island.
An island on the tides of time.
DALKEY ISLAND HISTORY
The archaeology and architecture of Dalkey Island shows evidence of thousands of years of settlement. Its origins go back at least 6,500 years to the Mesolithic era. There is evidence that settlement continued through the Neolithic, Bronze and Early Christian periods right up to the use of the island by the military in the nineteenth century.
A visit to Dalkey Island is an amazing experience. One is just 300 metres from the mainland but a lifetime away in an experience of peace and tranquility.
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