South County Dublin is a walker’s haven. A mix of stunning mountain views, sandy beaches, and breath-taking coastal scenery make it the ideal destination for a Dublin escape. We have put together a list of our favourite coastal walks, where you can feast on the beautiful views of natural scenery while getting some outdoorsy exercise too.
15 minutes drive from the hotel
Sandymount beach offers solitude to those looking for calmness, relaxation or just for a day of sightseeing away from the hustle of the city. A short 15-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, you can get your steps in along the beach, take part in yoga classes or workout sessions, or enjoy plenty of other activities during the summer season. Take in the views of the iconic Poolbeg Chimneys of Dublin’s skyline or brave a dip in the cool waters of the Irish sea.
Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill
20 minutes drive from the hotel
The Dalkey hill and Killiney hill are part of a more extensive public family park known as Killiney Park, which sits comfortably between Dalkey and Killiney villages.
The walk is designed for hikers and nature lovers, offering spectacular views of the Irish coastline and the surrounding areas. Enjoy the sights of Dublin to the northwest, the Irish Sea to the east, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. On a clear day, some have even spotted the mountains of Wales across the sea!
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. Clayton Hotel Leopardstown is the perfect base for a hiker’s retreat, just a 20-minute drive from these stunning trails.
Bray Head Cliff Walk
22 minutes drive from the 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.
The Cliff Walk follows the coastline and boasts some of the most amazing views of the East Coast. A short 22-minute drive from the hotel, you can soak up the plentiful 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 drive from the 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 enhance the park’s intriguing character and makes it an oasis of tranquillity and nature in Dublin city.
Pro-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 birds.
Dun Laoghaire Pier Walk
22 minutes drive from the hotel
Dun Laoghaire pier is a popular place for walkers and joggers. Take in the fresh sea air as you walk, and keep an eye on the water as there is always something going on there 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. A short drive from Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Dun Laoghaire is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon along the Dublin coast.
Clayton Hotel Leopardstown
Ideally based to explore South County Dublin, Clayton Hotel Leopardstown makes for the perfect Dublin escape. Kickstart your day with an energising Vitality breakfast or unwind in the evening over a delicious meal in our bar & restaurant. Rest your weary feet in our comfortable rooms after your day exploring.