Wednesday 20 November 2019

Live like a local for the day - and see the homes of the stars

The Gorse Hill drama has resulted in Vico Road becoming the Irish equivalent of the Hollywood Hills as the curious flock to see how the other half live.

Behind the electric gates of their mansions, the super-wealthy of Killiney and Dalkey lead cossetted lives of unimaginable privilege.

Apart from a stroll around to view the facades of the houses of numerous celebrities, the beautiful environs in which the wealthy reside can be enjoyed by the rest of us for a far smaller price-tag.

A perfect day out can start with a ride on the Dart, which snakes along the cliffside underneath the homes of the rich.

Grab a takeaway coffee from the station to savour as you catch the sea breeze.

A walk along Killiney beach or, for the hardier, a dip in the sea is the idea way to chase your cares away.

A bracing stroll up Killiney Hill affords a stunning vista over the bay on one side and a sweeping panoramic view of Dublin city laid out below, on the other.

There's not all that much to be had in Killiney village, and a far better option for the hungry daytripper is to go that little extra distance to Dalkey village, with its tempting array of cafes and restaurants.

For €12 for two, you can have a delicious lunch at The Country Bake, a friendly family-run bakery which has been open for over 25 years.

Afterwards, stroll the streets and pop into the little bookshops, or take a trip into the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, admission €8.50 for an adult.

If you're still feeling active, you could take a stroll out to beautiful Coliemore Harbour with magnificent views to Dalkey Island.

You may be lucky enough to see Dalkey's seals or even some frolicking dolphins.

Irish Independent

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