Dublin is a land of natural beauty, rich history and traditions, rolling landscapes, and picturesque hillsides.
There are ancient artifacts, famous landmarks, monuments of historical importance and breathtaking views to explore.
Since it would be nearly impossible to see everything worthwhile in a one-day tour, we invite to join our guided Sights of Dublin Killiney Hill Bus Tour and discover some of the best things this city has to offer.
This tour picks up at The Gresham Hotel at 10:00 am and at the Aishling Hostel D’Olier street at 10:05.
From the city centre, we drive out the coast through the picturesque port of Dun Laoghaire and onto our first stop.
A seaside town south of Dublin, Dalkey has a rich history with its two Norman castles and a 10th-century church right on the main street and is a trendy location both as a tourist destination and as a place to live.
Here we take you on a visit to the towns main attraction Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre where you can do the Dalkey Castle tour.
History comes to life quite literally at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, as costumed actors act out live theatre performances.
The castle’s guides and actors will take you back in time to Tudor days with Barber Surgery, Archery, and Cooking. If you are feeling spirited, you can climb to the battlements and take in magnificent views of the sea and mountains.
After this, you will have time to walk through this magnificent town and discover the different shops and cafes, from artisan bakeries to bookshops, pubs, and The Tramyard Market. Keep an eye out for famous locals. Bono, The Edge, Enya and Van Morrison all live nearby.
We then take a short but very scenic bus drive out by Colliemore Harbour where you will view Dalkey Island and continue to Vico Road for some fantastic sea views as we pass Victoria Castle which is now Enya´s private home.
Next stop is Killiney Hill, found to the south-east of Dublin city, it’s 500 feet high and topped with a stone obelisk known as Witches hat that was completed in 1742.
This park boasts the most spectacular views over the surrounding areas of Bray on one side and Dublin on the other but whichever direction you look is rewarded with a fantastic sight.
There are a few walks you can do here, dozens of walking paths criss-cross the Hill right down to the beach if you feel adventurous to explore it and some of the best views that Killiney hill has to offer are from the top of the hill at the Obelisk. At the bottom of the main path is a nice tea room.
We then take our tour onto Avoca HandWeavers where you can shop and have lunch.
Avoca is a very famous Irish brand, full of tradition and history which has been manufacturing and marketing a varied of excellent products for years.
Once you check the store, be sure to explore the food hall, full of amazing products, and take time to visit the on-site café, whose menu is full of delights served at breakfast and lunch.
And because no Dublin tour would be complete without a visit to a local pub, our last stop takes us to the highest pub in Ireland “Johnnie Fox’s” for a well-deserved pint of the black stuff or whatever takes your fancy.
Located approximately 25-35 minutes drive from Dublin City centre in Glencullen on top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox’s is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs.
We reluctantly take you from here and take you back down the mountains taking in some more amazing views of Dublin Bay.
“What an amazing tour with very little time on the bus. The views were amazing with our first stop only 30 minutes away from the City. Our Driver, Karl was very knowledgeable. 5 Stars”
“Wow Dalkey Castle and the views from Killiney Hill were amazing. Loved the food in Avoca and was so nice to visit Johnnie Fox’s in the Dublin Mountains. Mick our driver was great”
“Loved this tour. I was amazed that these viewing points were so close to Dublin.
Thank you Sights of Dublin Day Tours for doing a coach tour to these little gems that would so easily be overlooked”