Ross Lewis is an Irish Michelin Star chef and restaurant proprietor of Chapter One. This episode he takes to the urban Tracks and Trails, which meander along the coastal line of South Dublin.
Passing the Martello tower in Booterstown, Ross follows the railway line to Blackrock, where he stops to visit Heron and Gray, a small successful restaurant tucked away Blackrock Market, one of Dublin’s oldest markets.
He heads out towards the coast and picks up the seaside walk at Seapoint between Blackrock and Monkstown, along the way he passes many of the Martello Towers which were originally defence forts built in the 1800’s and some have become the focus point for sea swimming.
Ross walks to Dun Laoghaire and on the way he passes through Glasthule to meet the owner of a well-known food shop founded in the 1940’s when Glasthule was a rural village. Then on through Sandycove and yet another Martello tower which today is a James Joyce museum.
Then onto the town of Dalkey passing Bullock Harbour, this is a very traditional fishing harbour, where boats still set out for their daily catch. Dalkey is one of the oldest towns in South Dublin, here Ross meets David McWilliams an economist who grew up in Dalkey, he sets Ross straight on whether Dalkey is a town or a village!
On the last leg of his journey, Ross meets local historian Niall Burke-Kennedy. Ross and Niall walk through Sorrento Park and finally Ross climbs up to The Obelisk on Killiney Hill, where he takes in the magnificent sea views.
Along this well-known urban coastal route, Ross has met fascinating people, visited wonderful places to eat and discovered interesting local history and seen stunning views of South County Dublin.