Dalkey Island (Deilginis in Gaelic) is an uninhabited rocky island less than 300 kilometres off the coast of the village of Dalkey. Once inhabited, the island still has some archaeological remains, including ruined houses, an old church, and a Martello tower. A nice island, which you can easily visit!
Dalkey Island has the advantage of being only 5 minutes by boat from Coliemore and Bulloch ports, the local ports of Dalkey. Visitable all year round, the island is home to many archaeological remains, dating from prehistory, the Viking Invasions, but also from the Middle Ages. (Many objects found on the island are moreover exposed in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.).
Among the things to see, we advise you to visit St Begnet’s Church, a 9th century church, now in ruins. It is said to have been abandoned following the Viking Invasions, when the Vikings decided to use Dalkey Island as a port base.
Not far away, there is also a superb Martello Tower. Built in the early 1800s, it is believed to have been erected by the British as a surveillance and defence post during the Napoleonic Wars. In remarkable condition, it is particularly recognizable even when you are on the other side of the bank, in the village of Dalkey.
Beyond these archaeological curiosities, Dalkey Island is a charming island, ideal for a walk, and for fishing. You will be able to leave with your rod, and try to catch saithe or mackerel. Some protected seals also populate the island: with a little luck, you will be able to see them!
Note that you can also reach the island by kayak: some rocky outcrops on the island are more accessible at low tide.
shuttles from Monday to Saturday, at regular intervals