The Killiney Hill Walk is arguably one of the best walks in Dublin.
It’s perfect if you don’t fancy an overly strenuous ramble and the views from the top are out of this world.
In the guide below, you’ll find everything you need to know about heading off on the Killiney Hill Walk, from where to park to what views you can expect.
There’s a couple of different options for the walk up to Killiney Park – a long walk and a short walk. We’ll take you through both in this guide.
The Killiney Hill Walk: The short stroll
This first option is the short stroll which is perfect for those of you with lower fitness levels or for anything visiting with a family member with limited mobility.
Point your car in the direction of Killiney Hill car park. You’ll know you’ve gone the right way when you arrive to a tiny little roundabout – take the left up the hill and you’ll find parking.
From here, follow the path until you see some stone steps that lead up into the trees. It’s from here that you’ll make your ascent to the summit of the hill.
How long it takes
I’ve done the walk from the car park several times over the years and it has never taken any longer than 20 minutes (allowing for time to flute about and walk at a leisurely pace).
When you get to the top, you’ll be treated to the view that you can see above and below. Now, the photo above is taken from a drone, but you’ll still get an incredible panoramic view out over Dublin.
The longer Killiney Hill Walk (for those taking public transport)
If you’re visiting Dublin or if you just don’t fancy taking the car, hop on the DART and head off in the direction of Dalkey.
I’ve plotted the walking route that you can take on this Google Map. The walk to the top is pretty straightforward and you’ll get a good eyeful of some very swanky house en route.
When you reach the summit, take a stroll over to the obelisk, the white tower pictured in the first photo. This was constructed back in 1742 by John Mapas.
It was built as a relief for those that were starving. Those that built it were given food and other assistance in exchange for their work.
How long it takes
If you walk from the DART station right the way up to the top of the hill, it should take you around 45 minutes, depending on pace.
Now, a quick word of warning – the hill here is steep and the walk from the village up to the summit of the will be very taxing for those with limited mobility.
The different views from the top of Killiney Hill
The biggest draw of the Killiney Hill walk is the views that you’re treated to when you reach the summit. Honestly. They’re out of this world.
On one side (to your right after you come up the steps), you’ll have magnificent views out over Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains (the image above).
On the other side, you’ll be able to admire a panoramic view out over Dublin City. There’s plenty of grassy areas and walls where you can chill for a bit and gaze out.
Killiney Hill Park
When you’ve finished taking in the views, there’s plenty of gorgeous park and woodland that you can have a stroll around.
The park was opened in 1887 and it’s a popular spot among walkers. Head back down the steps that you used to get to the summit and the head off on your merry way.
Frequently asked questions about the Killiney Hill Walk
We published a guide to the best walks in Dublin a while back. The Killiney Hill Walk was in the guide and we received a clatter of questions about it since.
I’ve tried to answer as many of those questions below. If you have one that we haven’t tackled, ask it in the comments section.
How long is Killiney Hill Walk?
The Killiney Hill Walk can take anything from 20 to 45 minutes depending on where you start it from, i.e. the DART station or the Killiney Hill car Park.
Where do you park for Killiney Hill Walk?
There’s a car park just past the main entrance to Killiney Hill Park. Note: on warm days, the car park here can get very busy, so try to arrive early.
How do I get to Killiney Hill from Dublin?
If you’re not driving, the best way to get to Killiney Hill from Dublin City is to take the DART. It’s a short spin away and it shouldn’t cost more than €3.