Staying at Clayton Hotel Leopardstown and looking to explore coastal walks within proximity of the hotel, then this post is for you! We have put together a list of coastal walks near the hotel where you can feast on the beautiful views of natural scenery and also get some outdoorsy exercise too.
Sandy Mount Beach
15 Minutes from Hotel
With its blue waters, white sands, Sandy mount beach offers solitude to those looking for calmness, relaxation or just out on a day of sightseeing. Well known for its great range of activities, the beach is usually a beehive of family picnics, yoga classes, workout sessions, and other retinues of activities during the summer season.
Dalkey and Killiney Hill
20 Minutes from Hotel
The Dalkey and Killiney twin hills are part of a more extensive quaint family public park known as Killiney Park, which sits comfortably between both Dalkey and Killiney villages.
The walk is designed for hikers and nature lovers and offers spectacular views of the Irish coastline and the surrounding areas: Dublin to the northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales (on a clear day) to the east and southeast, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south.
Several walking trails through meadows, forest, and hilly terrain adorn Dalkey/Killiney Hill, alongside several monuments, two of which are the Obelisk, alternatively known as the witch’s hat, and a small step pyramid.
If you’re ever in the Dublin area and blessed with good weather, heading to Dalkey/Killiney Hill on the train or in the car will be richly rewarding experience.
Bray Head Cliff Walk
22 Minutes from Hotel
Another popular trail around Dublin is Bray-Greystones; It is flat which makes it a relatively easier trail for people who don’t like having to walk uphill and for those exploring with kids as well.
The Cliff Walk follows the coastline and boasts some of the most amazing views of the East Coast. It also has a rich history and is brimming with wildlife and colourful flowers with some great places for photos and bird watching.
The Cliff Walk is about 7 kilometres long, takes about 2 hours to complete and is suitable for all abilities.
Irishtown Nature Park
24 Minutes from Hotel
Visit the Irish Nature Park for a lovely afternoon walk in the park. The Irishtown Nature Park is on the southside of the Poolbeg peninsula. The main track through the park skirts the coastline, looking out over Sandymount Strand, with its fast-moving tides, while several more minor paths crisscross the hilly uplands of the park, which rises quite steeply.
The park has a lovely aesthetic background which is ideal for taking beautiful pictures making it a very instagramable park indeed. The lush greenery and wildflowers scattered everywhere in the park enhances the park’s intriguing character and makes it an oasis of tranquility and nature in the heart of Dublin city.
Pro-tip; tip: the view from the bench at the entrance of the park is spectacular. You can just sit there and enjoy the heavenly view while listening to the birdies.
Dun Laoghaire Pier Walk
22 Minutes from Hotel
Dun Laoghaire pier is s a popular place for walkers, joggers and pleasure seekers. It is a lovely walk especially if you just want to take in the fresh sea air and there is always something going on in the water to watch. If you are lucky to grab one of the seats that line the pier you could spend an hour or two just people watching.
Whatever the weather the pier is always a romantic and idyllic place to take a stroll, breathe in the sea air, and enjoy stunning views of Dublin Bay.