Dalkey Quarry ( DAW-kee) is a long-disused 19th century granite quarry located on Dalkey Hill in the Dublin suburb of Dalkey, which was used to build several large maritime structures in south Dublin. Since passing into public ownership in the early 20th century and becoming part of Killiney Hill Park, it has become one of the most important rock climbing venues in Ireland, with over 350 graded routes, some of which are amongst the hardest single-pitch rock climbs in the country such as Indecent Assault (E8 6c, one of Ireland's first-ever E8 routes, first ascended in 1995). The climbs are all traditional climbing routes and no bolted sport climbing routes are permitted, although some metal pegs are tolerated on the most extreme routes.
Quarrying started in 1815–1817 on Dalkey Hill in order to supply granite for the construction of the new harbour pier at nearby Dún Laoghaire, as well as for the construction of the South Bull Wall (part of the outer defences of Dublin Harbour) and as flagstone for Dublin streets. In the 1840s, stone from the quarry was exported to Newfoundland by Bishop Michael Fleming for the construction of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in St. John's.
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Eoin Rafter | May 22, 2018
Great place for a walk with a view over Dublin bay. Even better if you live rock climbing, plenty of good routes in the quarry.
Marcos Pontes | Jun 16, 2018
Good place to climb. Good to beginners. Good place to feel in contact with nature
Declan Cunningham | May 18, 2018
Great location for short walks, beautiful views and a great selection of traditional rock climbing easily accessible by public transport.
Elaine Mullan | May 19, 2018
Walk up to the castle and enjoy stunning views of both Dublin City and the coast all the way to Wicklow harbour. Lots of dog walkers.
Brendan Sutton | May 25, 2018
Excellent spot to practice rope climbing and also beautiful views of Dublin city and Dun Laoghaire harbour.
Logan McLain | Jul 3, 2018
Views from the cliffs are impressive and if you are into outdoor climbing this place is great. There are several really good climbs available and plenty of sturdy gorse bushes to anchore from at the top. It is a very popular spot with climbers and many people spend all day here. If you get dry weather it's a good place for a picnic although there are no toilet facilities in the immediate area. There is a playground and a car park nearby.
Elaine Mullan | Jul 23, 2018
Walk up one of the many well beaten tracks all the way to the castle and enjoy views all across Dublin and North Wicklow. Regularly used by rock climbing clubs for climbing practise and you might just see a hand glider or two up there too.
Charlene Meeley | Jun 26, 2018
Went rock climbing and absailing today wow what an experience!! The guys Dave and Sara who were our instructors were so lovely they had great patience and time in explaining and demonstrating the ins and outs of the climbing and absailing. Felt very reassured and in good safe hands with them. Harnesses helmets and even climbing shoes were supplied which was really helpful. Some gorgeous views up the top and the whole area is beautiful😊 would gladly return here and recommend to anyone looking for that adrenaline rush or just to try something new!
frank guilleautot | Jun 27, 2018
Best weekend escape from Dublin for a climber. Easily accessible via the dart and Luas. Great routes even if the rock is fairly polished.
ian gaffney | Jul 20, 2018
Great place to enjoy some traditional climbing .. With excellent views of the coastline
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