Dalkey Island lies just off the coast of South County Dublin and it is a popular destination for Bird Watching in Dublin. Maiden Rock is a small rocky outcrop at the North of the island and is home to breeding Roseate Terns in Spring and early summer. There is a Martello Tower on the island as well as the ruins of a small church. Seals are often present on the rocky shoreline and there are local rabbits and a herd of goats!
Gulls and terns nest on the island along with Oyster Catchers. There is a small boat operated by “Ken the Ferryman” from Colliemore Harbour and the boat journey is just 5 minutes. In 2020 the fare is €10 return. On street parking can be found close by but it can be very busy at weekends, particularly in summer. Check out the ferry times at kentheferryman.com. Sat Nav co-ordinates for the harbour are 53.274894, -6.093837 . Continue past the harbour and search for on street parking, Check out 2 small parks on both sides of the road close to the harbour.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is only 15 minutes from Colliemore Harbour