The most scenic Walks in Dublin that you can not miss!
Ireland is a country full of astonishing beauty. Within minutes of Dublin city centre, there are stunning mountain trails, seaside walks and beautiful parks just waiting to be explored. So whether you are planning to spend the day exploring the scenic side of Ireland’s capital. Or, are looking to check out some of the best evening walks in Dublin. Look no further because this post has it all!
This guide will take you through some of Dublin most scenic locations, which are home to some phenomenal views of the city, wildlife opportunities and picture-perfect trails. All of which are the perfect addition to any Ireland itinerary. The end of the post will even feature some of my favourite walks in Wicklow, all of which are only a short distance from Dublin. So, get ready to add these wonderful walks to your Dublin itinerary.
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21+ Best Walks in Dublin Ireland
- The Phoenix Park
- Dun Laoghaire Pier
- Killiney Hill
- Howth Harbour
- Howth Cliff Walk
- The Great South Wall
- Marley Park
- Dublin’s Royal Canal
- Donabate to Portrane Cliff Walk
- The Hellfire Club
- Cruagh & Massey’s Wood
- The Lead Mines
- Kippure Mountain
- The Bohernabreena Reservoir
- St. Annes Park
- Bushy Park
- The Dodder Walk
- The National Botanic Gardens
- The War Memorial Gardens
Nice Walks in Dublin that are easy to reach by public transport
First, let’s start this post off with some of Dublin stunning walks that are easily accessible via public transport. All walks mentioned can be reached via bus or train.
1) The Phoenix Park
The first Dublin walk on the list is none other than the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is the largest city park in Europe, stretching for 1,750 acres. If you’re visiting Dublin on a holiday or vacation, chances are you will end up in the Phoenix park at some stage. The Phoenix Park is home to some of the best things to do in Dublin. Like, the Áras an Uachtaráin (The President of Ireland’s House), Dublin Zoo, historic monuments and gardens.
If you are planning to spend the day exploring the park, I would 100% suggest keeping an eye out for the Phoenix park deer. Currently, there is about 400 to 450 fallow deer that roam freely through the park. They are extremely placid and quite used to humans walking about.
Please note, it may be tempting to feed the deer human food like carrots or bread. The deer are wild animals and should only eat natural food like tree’s, plants and grass.
Getting to the Phoenix park: Many busses drive from Dublin city centre to the Phoenix Park. Just note, that the park is huge so be sure to put the exact location you wish to visit into google maps.
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2) Dun Laoghaire Pier
One of my favourite places to go for an evening stroll in Dublin would have to be Dun Laoghaire. The stunning seaside town is the perfect place to buy ice cream and walk along the pier. It makes for a great addition on any Ireland Itinerary.
It only takes a half-hour to walk the full length of the pier and on a sunny day, Teddy’s ice cream stall is open at the lighthouse that acts as a great reward. After a scrumptious ice cream and a nice walk, why not brave the cold Irish sea and go for a swim at the forty-foot?
For those of your wondering how on earth Dun Laoghaire is pronounced. Don’t worry it’s not as scary as it looks. In fact, it’s quite simple. Just say… DUN LERRY.
Yes, I know, we Irish like to complicate things.
Getting to Dun Laoghaire: Dun Laoghaire is only a 30-minute dart ride from Dublin’s City Centre. Making it the perfect place for a scenic stroll.
3) Killiney Hill
So, next on of the list of one of the best Dublin walks, is Killiney. There are many walks in Killiney just waiting to be explored. If you are looking for a relaxing stroll that takes minimal effort why not walk along Killiney beach. It is the perfect place to relax and take in the wonderful views of the Great Sugar Loaf.
If you are up for a little bit more of a challenge, head up towards Killiney Hill for a phenomenal 360 view of Dublin on one side and Wicklow on the other. It is honestly one of the most beautiful places in Dublin.
Killiney is another great place to go for a swim, with a natural swimming pool located at the Vico Bathing Place.
How to get to Killiney: It takes a little over 30 minutes to reach Killiney from Tara Dart Station in the city centre (google maps directions).
Check out my Killiney Hill Vlog on Youtube
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4) Howth Harbour
Another seaside town that is ideal for strolling about and enjoying the views of the ocean is Howth. Grab yourself some ‘chipper’ at the famous Beshoffs fish and chips shop and stroll along the pier with food in hand.
Howth is possibly my favourite place to watch the sunset in Dublin. Walk out to the Howth lighthouse for the perfect golden hour pic. The sunsets right along the waterfront.
However, it is important to not let the sun fool you. Even with the sun shining, Ireland can still be extremely cold. Be sure to come prepared for unpredictable weather when packing for Ireland.
5) Howth Cliff Walk
Another great walking option in Howth is the beautiful cliff walk. In fact, this is one of the most popular cliff walks in Ireland. The trail can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete. The walk features stunning views of Dublin’s roaring coastline. And is the perfect place to bring along a picnic for halfway through the trail.
How to get to Howth: Howth is only a 30-minute dart ride from the city centre, check out the directions on Google Maps.
Head out to Sandymount for a lovely walk along the sand and take a moment to step back and think. During low tide, it can be hard to see the sea. It is as if the sand goes on forever and ever.
If you are looking to go on a longer walk, why not take on the great south wall walk towards the Poolbeg Lighthouse (photographed in the background). The walk takes just over an hour to complete and overs amazing views of Dublin Bay.
How to get to Sandymount: Sandymount is a 15 minute dart ride from Tara Street in Dublin city centre (Google Maps).
7) The Great South Wall – Poolbeg Lighthouse
The Great South Wall is one of Dublin’s most gorgeous coastal walks, the trail leads all the way out to Poolbeg Light House. This is a fantastic walk in the evening time as it is a great place to catch the sunset. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the lighthouse from the car park.
Unfortunately, this trail isn’t as easy to access via public transport. For those of you who don’t drive, follow the directions above on how to get to Sandymount Strand from there it will take you are further 30 minutes to walk to Poolbeg car park.
8) Marley Park
Another awesome place to go for a walk in Dublin is Marley Park. It is the perfect place to go for some peace and quiet. The park stretches for 86 acres and is home to ponds, forestry and trails.
Marley Park is a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the day outdoors with family and friends. On a good day, the sunset lights the sky surrounding the park in pink and purple.
Getting to Marley Park: The park is located in the Dublin suburb, Rathfarnham. Just a 40-minute bus ride from the city centre.
9) Dublin’s Royal Canal
Dublin’s Grand Canal is a beautiful place to go for a stroll in all seasons but it is particularly beautiful in the Autumn time.
The water is relatively still along the canal making it the perfect place to see the trees and boats reflect upon the waterfront.
It is easy to access the trail via bus or Luas and the canal runs through popular areas such as Portobello and Rathmines. Both areas are a good starting point for the walk.
10) Donabate to Portrane Cliff Walk
The Portrane Cliff walk is one of the most beautiful coastal walks in Dublin, however, it is a little lesser known than that of its nearby neighbour, Howth. The trail begins at Donabate and continues for 2 kilometres until you reach Tower Bay at Portrane. The trail then loops back around totalling 4 kilometres altogether.
Along the cliff path, you will be presented with amazing views of Dublin’s coastline. The Portrane Cliff walk is one of the best places in Dublin to watch the sunrise.
Hikes in Dublin
Ok, so now that we have discovered the best walks in Dublin that are accessible via public transport. It’s time to look at hiking the Dublin mountain way. The Dublin mountains is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. They are home to stunning views of Dublin city and beautiful scenery.
10) The Hellfire Club
The hellfire club is one of my favourite Dublin hikes, the short 30/40 minute trail brings walkers to the top of Montpellier hill. Where they are presented with amazing views of Dublin City and beyond. Another ideal location to have a picnic and watch the sunset over the city. If you are looking to visit some of Dublin’s Free attractions this is the perfect place to start.
Not only does this trail excel in beauty and nature, it also has a spooky past. On the foot of the hill lies the old ruins of the Dublin Hellfire Club. That is said to have burned down after it was paid a visit from the Devil. It is possible to explore inside the old ruins, although to this day I still get the chills each time I walk inside. So, explore at your own risk.
How to get to the Hellfire Club:
The Hell Fire Club is a 30 minutes drive from Dublin City. Costing 25/30 euro in a taxi. The car park is free, just take note of the opening times. It opens from 9:00 pm April to September and until 5:00 pm October to March. Double-check the time upon arrival.
11) Cruagh & Massey’s Woods
Nearby the Hellfire Club lies Cruagh and Massey’s woods. This is one of the most beautiful Dublin Mountain walks and a true Ireland Hidden Gem. Both are beautiful places to walk and explore. If you want to make a day out of hiking in Dublin why not combine the Hellfire route with both Massey and Cruagh woods.
Be careful walking between both walks as there is no official trail. There is however an amazing view of Dublin from afar. The view often has a hazy appearance during the day and at night it is amazing to watch the light’s glisten from the city. If you are looking for forest walks in Dublin then Cruagh and Massey’s woods are the trails for you!
Another one of my favourite hikes near Dublin city is the three rock & Ticknock trails. This area of the Dublin mountains is famous for the following adventure sports, mountain biking, bouldering and hiking.
The main trail is a moderate difficulty, it is however possible to follow the main road around for those with a lower fitness level. Once walkers arrive at the 3 large rocks, they will be presented with outstanding views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay and Wicklow.
Ticknock is home to many marked trailheads such as the Fairy Castle Loop, the Dublin Mountain Way and the Wicklow Way.
Getting to Ticknock: Ticknock is only reachable via car but there is free onsite parking. Directions can be seen on Google Maps.
13) The Lead Mines Peak
The Lead Mines Peak is located in the Dublin Mountains and Takes about 30 minutes to reach the summit. From the top, there is a stunning view of Dublin’s Coast Line and it is a beautiful place to watch the sunset. The Ballycorus leadmine was founded in 1807 but later closed in 1913. The mines structure still remains at the summit of the peak to this day. It is a really cool ruin to see.
14) Kippure Mountain
Kippure is the highest point in Dublin. The trail lies on the Dublin Wicklow border and takes around 4 hours to complete. There are two possible hiking routes that lead to the summit of Kippure. The first starts on the Old Military Road in County Dublin (See Location on Google Maps) and the section starts at Lough Bray’s upper lake in County Wicklow (see Google Maps for Location). From the summit, hikers are treated with an epic 360 view of County Dublin and County Wicklow.
16) The Bohernabreena Reservoir
The Bohernabreena Reservoir is one of my favourite walks in all of Dublin, tucked away in the Glenasmole Valley, it truly is one of Dublin’s Hidden Gems. This 10-kilometre walk can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete depending on how you decide to walk. It is suitable for all fitness levels and follows a path for most of the walk’s duration.
On the walk, you will be treated to stunning views of both the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. The Reservoir is the ideal place to spend the day out in nature and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
How to get to Bohernabreena Reservoir: Although there is a car park on-site, it is very small and difficult to get parking. When visiting Bohernabreena Reservoir it is best to walk from nearby housing estates.
Nice Walks in Dublin Parks
Dublin is home to some beautiful parks, below is a list of some of my favourite parks to visit for an evening stroll.
17) St. Annes Park
Saint Anne’s Park is located on the Northside of Dublin and is one of the most beautiful parks in the county. The park is home to old ruins, Chinese Suzhou Gardens, Rose Gardens and some magical artwork.
On the outskirts of the park lies Ireland’s very own tree of life. The iconic art piece was created by talented sculptor Tommy Craggs after the historic tree had to be taken down due to safety concerns. Instead of removing the tree completely, the council hired Tommy to bring the tree back to life by sculpting wooden animal inspired by the wildlife found in Saint Annes Park and Bull Island.
St. Annes Park is a wonderful place to go for an evening stroll and take in the beautiful surroundings.
18) Bushy Park
Bushy Park is located on the South Side of Dublin City in an area called Terenure. The large park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon, bring a picnic along and enjoy the scenery.
The park is home to Football pitches, ponds, tennis courts, playgrounds and skateparks. It is also a lovely place to begin the River Dodder walk. The park is particularly beautiful in the Autumn time.
19) The Dodder Walk
If you are looking to enjoy a long yet not too strenuous stroll in Dublin then why not check out the Dodder Walk. This stunning trail stretches across a large portion of South Dublin and continues for nearly 8 kilometres.
On the trail, you will come across beautiful waterfalls/weirs, ponds, parks and an endless amount of birds. If this sounds like the ideal walk for you, be sure to check out all trails for a more detailed guide and map.
20) The National Botanic Gardens
If you are looking for something different to do in Dublin then you should definitely consider visiting the National Botanic Gardens located in Glasnevin. The gardens are 100% free to enter and are home to a collection of plants from around the world.
With Glasnevin just being a 3-kilometre stroll from the city centre, the Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to add to any Dublin itinerary.
21) The War Memorial Gardens
A walk around Dublin War Memorial Gardens is a must for anyone planning to visit the Phoenix Park. The gardens are dedicated to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who lost their lives during the first world war.
The gardens are home to ‘rose gardens, herbaceous borders and extensive tree-planting’ and are a great place to go for a stroll, relax and reflect.
Beautiful Walks in Wicklow
The next section of this post will feature some of the most stunning walks in Wicklow. One of the best things about Ireland is the countries size. So much beauty is all located close together. All of the following walking trails are 1-hour drive or less away from Dublin City Centre.
1) Explore Bray Promenade & Bray Head on a Summers Day
Bray is a stunning seaside town just a 40-minute dart journey from Dublin city centre. There is so much to see and do in Bray, like a walk down the gorgeous promenade, go the sea-life centre or get ice cream or crepe in Ginos.
If you are looking for more of an uphill walk, why not hike up Bray Head for an outstanding birds-eye view of Bray and beyond. The Bray head trial is even more exciting at sunset. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the summit.
Getting to Bray from Dublin: Bray is easily accessible via car, bus or dart. Directions can be seen on Google Maps.
2) Tick the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk off your bucket list
Possibly, one of the most popular Wicklow walks is the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk. The trail is about 7 kilometres long and takes around 2 hours to complete. The route brings walkers along the sea line and offers beautiful views of the ocean, the railroad and overhanging cliffs.
The walk begins in Bray and ends in the neighbouring town Greystones. On the trail, you will encounter beautiful wildflowers, coastal birds and you may even see some sea life swimming about.
Once you arrive in Greystones, reward yourself with a bite to eat and a wander through the charming town.
3) See Ireland’s Highest Waterfall Powerscourt
Another beautiful place to go for a stroll is Powerscourt Waterfall in County Wicklow. It’s the second highest waterfall in Ireland reaching 398ft. It’s a wonderful place to capture some pictures and have a picnic.
There are many trails around the Dargle River and the Waterfall for walkers to enjoy. The Powerscourt estates are located nearby and are home to a golf course, beautiful gardens and a stunning view of the great sugar loaf.
Getting to Powerscourt Waterfall from Dublin: The waterfall is a 40-minute drive from Dublin City Centre (Google Maps Directions).
4) Challenge yourself by hiking the Sugar Loaf, Wicklow
The Great Sugar Loaf is an outstanding mountain that stands isolated from the rest. The 501-metre mountain can be seen from all over east Wicklow and parts of Dublin. Making it an exciting mountain to conquer.
The Mountain has two possible trails up to the summit, one takes 1 hour to climb while to other takes two and a half hours. Don’t let the short time to reach the summit fool you, this is still a relatively difficult trail to complete.
However, the difficulty of the trail is 100% worth it for the breathtaking views at the top. Walkers will be please to see a beautiful view of the Irish Coast, endless green fields and a wider view of the Wicklow mountain range.
Getting to the sugar loaf: It takes 40 minutes to drive to the Sugar Loaf from Dublin (Google maps directions).
5) Visit Glendalough in Wicklow National Park
Ok, so last on the list for the best walks in Wicklow is the famous Glendalough. The Glacier Valley is part of Wicklow Mountain National Park and offers walkers stunning views of the valley, both the upper and lower lakes and endless wildlife.
Glendalough has a total of 9 trails to choose from making it one of the best places for hikes in Wicklow. If you would like to take part in a moderate to difficult trail consider hiking the Spinc route for the best views of the National Park.
Getting to Glendalough from Dublin: Glendalough is one hour from Dublin by car making it ideal for a day trip from Dublin (Google Maps directions).
Alternatively, there is a bus that leaves from the City Centre costing 20 euro for a return trip.
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