Vico Road, Dalkey

July 2009

The trick with this swimming spot is to find it, so keep a close eye out and follow the directions below.

Variously known as 'the Vico', 'the Ramps' and Hawk Cliff (which is what the sign at the spot says).

This is a small swimming spot, not as famous as its Forty Foot neighbour down the road, but a place which has its fair share of devotees.

There are handrails and a ladder which lead you into the fresh clear sea and as you swim you could be anywhere.

There is also a small seawater pool which you can get a dip in if the sea is too choppy. A small sheltered area can be huddled into when it rains.

When the sun shines and you look across at the white, sun drenched row of millionaire houses on Sorrento terrace just remember that the sea is free.

Take heed of the No Diving signs which are there for a reason.

Unfortunately, not accessible.

Directions

 
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Dalkey is about 10 kilometres from Dublin city .   The best way to access this spot from Dublin is on the DART getting off at Dalkey station. From there find or ask your way to Sorrento Road and Vico Road. At the end of Sorrento turn right onto Vico and its a few minutes walk to the entrance. Watch out for a small gap in the wall which leads you down a path and over a railway bridge.

About 10 - 15 minutes walk from the station.

 

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