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Dalkey Island

Post by Team Vorst » Mon May 14, 2012 8:12 am

Hey folks,

last week I spotted this nice island and I really want to go over there. I did some 'research' and it turned out that there has been a guy offering a 'ferry service'. But he seems to be gone. On Saturday I was at Bullock harbour. You can rent boats there but you are not allowed to land at Dalkey. The other harbour is Coliemore. I haven't been there yet.

Does anybody know more on this topic?

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Fjon » Tue May 15, 2012 11:53 am

Years ago when I went it was from Coliemore. It's a lot closer than Bullock - only a few mins across. However I think the guy there was fairly expensive. It's a nice island and worth exploring but expect to pay a bit to get there.
I can't remember his name unfortunately, but we had to ring him in advance to book the trip. You can't just show up and get the boat over.

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Spark_ie » Tue May 15, 2012 2:05 pm

Can you not just kayak over from the nearest pier??
That's what I had planned anyway
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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Fjon » Tue May 15, 2012 3:57 pm

Yes you can do that too!

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Team Vorst » Tue May 15, 2012 3:59 pm

No kayak, no kayak experience, no Dalkey Island :)

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Spark_ie » Tue May 15, 2012 4:34 pm

Team Vorst wrote:No kayak, no kayak experience, no Dalkey Island :)

How are your swimming skills ?? :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Fjon » Tue May 15, 2012 5:15 pm

Looked through my old email, and this is the guy's phone number who took us across:

085 764 3304

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Fjon » Tue May 15, 2012 5:43 pm

Actually just read up on it and it looks like the guy who's number I gave you died recently.
Also you can rent boats from Bullock but you're not allowed take them to Dalkey Island. Looks like your means of getting to the island are somewhat limited!
The cache may now be as inaccessible as the various island caches around Rush and Skerries unfortunately.
Mark - how confident are on your kayak? I know Dalkey Island, Casana Rock and Ireland's Eye should all be doable, but would you attempt these ones?

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Spark_ie » Tue May 15, 2012 7:22 pm

The Carraig Da Bheola one - yeah contemplated this more than once! Bouyed on by the fact Dara and the lads met a bunch of kayakers out there when they did it. A mixture of waiting for good calm weather, and probably more important - being slightly anxious about going out on my own, and not being able to talk some of my mates into coming with me!

Paddy's Goat - Well, haven't worked out any coords for that fellow, so maybe yet !

With regard to Dalkey though - you should be fine on kayaking out there.. Only just off the coast, and there's no (residential) buildings on the island. If someone was ever to pull you up on it, just say you didn't know it was off limits with an apologetic "Sorry"..
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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Team Vorst » Sun May 20, 2012 3:41 pm

I was at Coliemore harbour today. This place is very lost, but I saw a group of kayaks just landing at Dalkey Island.

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by Fjon » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:43 am

If anyone was interested in going over in the next few weeks let me know. I can put you in touch with someone who makes trips over.

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Re: Dalkey Island

Post by daraconn » Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:26 pm

Guys, listen, you probably know this but do not be tempted to try to swim across Dalkey Sound. It's only about 300 metres but it's very dangerous due to the tidal currents (IIRC 2 or 3 knots north-south when the tide is falling, and the same in the opposite direction when it's rising).

Something you probably should take into account when kayaking also but I don't know much about that.
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