Coastal views from Killiney Hill
Killiney Hill is a small park located at the south coast of Dublin. It resides in the town Killiney, just south of Dun Laoghaire and north of Shankill. This hill (153 meters high) acts as a landmark and can be seen from Howth. From the top of the hill, you have magnificent views over Dublin, the Dublin Mountains and Bray. Apparently, you are able to see the mountains of Wales on a clear day, but we have yet to see this. A lap around the park will take about an hour, so this is a nice spot for a morning or afternoon walk.
Easy to reach
The main advantage of this spot is that it is fairly easy to reach from the city center. There is a parking at the entrance and bus stops and the DART are near. There are two main ways to enter, from the sea-side or from Dalkey. We prefer the sea-side, as there is a bit more climbing involved. From this parking, you can also reach the beaches of Dalkey Bay.
Sunrise and sunset
As this is located close to the city, it is easy to get there early for the sunrise or be there for sunset. We live fairly close to the hill, so when the weather was looking good in the morning, we decided to go for a sunrise photo shoot.
We woke up at 6:30 am, gathered our photo gear and jumped in the car to drive to the Killiney Hill Car Park. When we arrived, the sky was fairly bright so we were afraid that the sun was already up. We hasted up the hill to capture the sunrise even though it was only 7:30 am (sunrise was at 7:55). On the hill, it was still white from the snow that fell earlier in the week. The air was cold and the wind was blowing hard. This made it feel like we were on a ‘polar expedition’. We set up our cameras and waited… and waited because there were huge clouds on the horizon. Finally, around 8:15 am the sun started to peek out from behind the clouds. We took a few pictures and headed down quickly for a hot coffee.
At the top of the hill, there is a white obelisk visible. This is a rebuilt version of the old obelisk that was built here in 1742 to commemorate ‘The Year of The Slaughter’. A year in which two incredibly cold winters and a wet summer wiped out all the crops and livestock causing famine in Ireland. You will also see a small pyramid which was built in 1852 by a former owner of the park.
Reasons to visit
1. Great views
2. Easy to reach from the center of Dublin
4. Get away from the busy streets of the city
5. Good opportunity to take amazing pictures
6. Gives you a small taste of the Dublin Mountains
Do you need more reasons?