Hiking the Hell Fire Club: The BEST view of Dublin City
The Dublin Mountains are home to some of Ireland most stunning hiking trails. Walkers generally explore the mountain range to gain a birds-eye view of the city, breath in the fresh mountain air and witness the beautiful green scenery from the hillside. In the mist of all the wonderful hiking trails in the Dublin mountains lies The Hellfire Club.
The Hellfire Club is the perfect off the beaten path location for both tourists and locals to enjoy. The old building ruins are located on the foot of Montpelier hill and overlook a outstanding view of Dublin city and beyond. Possibly one of the best birds-eye views of the city.
How Long does it take to Hike the Hellfire Club?
There are many possible hiking routes that take walkers up to the summit of Montpelier hill. The main two trails take about 30 minutes to complete. Both walks take hikers up a wide country trail with forestry on either side. Both require easy to moderate hiking skills.
Alternatively, walkers can hike straight up through the forest, taking about 10\15 minutes to complete. This particular way of reaching the summit is not on an official trail, it is however, a popular route among locals. At times, the forest can get a little steep and requires a higher level of fitness to the designated trails.
How do I get to the Hellfire Club?
The Hell Fire Club takes 30 minutes to drive to from Dublin City centre. There are currently no day tours as of yet. A taxi would cost 25/30 euro from the city. There are however, many other hiking trails in the area such as Cruagh Woods and Masseys Estate.
There is a free car park at the beginning of the walk. Just be mindful, as the gates closes at night. Generally speaking, the Hellfire Club car park is open till 9:00pm April to September and till 5:00pm October to March.
Things to do at the Hellfire Club
Admire the City Views at the Hellfire Club: The Hellfire Club is home to one of the most spectacular views of Dublin City. The stunning views from the summit is the prime reason for the Hellfire Club’s popularity among locals.
Have a Picnic at the Hellfire Club: It is not a bad idea to bring some snacks to enjoy at the summit of the mountain. The Hellfire Club is the perfect place to plan a picnic. I can’t think of anything better, eating lunch while absorbing the beautiful view.
Hike Surrounding Areas: Before or After hiking up to the Hellfire Club considering exploring more of what the area has to offer. Cruagh Woods and Masseys estate are home to beautiful scenery, rivers and forests just waiting to be explored.
Watch the Sunset at the Hellfire Club: The Hellfire Club is one amazing place to watch the sunset in Ireland’s Capital City. The sun sets from the east of the building ruins, as seen in the image above. This photo was taken from inside the old building, on the top floor. The Hellfire Club is easily one of the top locations to watch the sunset in Dublin.
Explore inside the Hellfire Club: It is possible for walkers to explore inside the old ruins. This is a rather spooky experience as the building is quite dark on the inside and with the scary stories associated with the building, entering it is sure to give you shivers. With that being said, it’s super cool being able to walk up to the top floor of the building and snap a pic of the wonderful surroundings.
What Happened at Dublin’s Hellfire Club?
The Hellfire Club is a stunning scenic place by day but by night it turns into a terrifying place with a spooky past. I would not recommend exploring the ruins after nightfall.
The Hellfire Club is subject to many stories however, it is uncertain what is true and what’s a myth. In 1725, a rich Irish man, Speaker Connolly built the house on top Montpelier Hill, now known as the Hellfire Club. One night a large storm blew the houses roof off . Locals believed this to be the work of the devil. Starting the houses association with evil.
A number of years following Connolly’s death, the house was accompanied by the Hellfire Club an unlawful group who regularly engaged in illegal activity. There are many stories about the Hellfire Club some evening involving the Devil Himself.
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