Starts at Clonskeagh
via Milltown to Rathfarnham shopping centre
Clonskeagh is a nice part of Dublin to start off a walk. This is a fairly unchallenging walk, more or less in a straight line. It’s almost 5 kilometres and follows alongside the River Dodder, bypassing two parks (Darty and Bushy), which makes it almost impossible to get lost.
Howth Cliff Path
22 Balscadden Road
This coastal trail of about 6 kilometres is a National Loop Walk. It starts at the DART station in Howth village and goes right out to the Nose of Howth, along the cliffs and then back inside past two golf courses. It’s a very rugged and windy walk but the views and the sea air are amazing.
Ticknock Fairy Castle Loop
Read the website link carefully to find the correct starting and ending point high in the Dublin mountains. The route is about 5.5 kilometres and takes in Fairy Castle (nothing but a mound of rocks really), Two Rock and Three Rock (which are really just exaggerated hills). The views and the cold fresh mountain air are like nothing else
Donabate to Portrane loop trail walk
This loop-walk is longer than the others coming in at just over 12 kilometres and it covers some great ground. The views are spectacular, looking right out at Lambay Island at around the halfway point. The walk takes in the cliffs and the beaches below and circles two golf courses.
Carrickgollogan Forest walk
(Lead Mines Way)
Near Shankill, Co. Dublin
This is a short looping walk of about 2 kilometres with the Carrickgollogan Forest at its centre. It’s only a 30 metre climb but at it’s highest point it’s enough to see the Sugar Loaf mountain south and from west back around to east you can see Greystones, Bray and Killiney. A slight detour and you can find the Lead Mines Chimney. Be sure to read the website carefully.