The most scenic Walks in Dublin (& Wicklow) 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. 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.
Beautiful Scenic 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: Exploring Europe’s Largest City 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) Enjoy an Evening Stroll Along 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 an ice cream and walk along the pier.
It only takes a half hour to walk the full length of the pier and on a sunny day the 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 in how on earth Dun Laoghaire is pronounced. Don’t worry it’s not as scary as it looks. It 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) Admire the Views in Killiney, County Dublin
So, next on of list of the best walks in Dublin 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).
4) Watch the Sunset in Howth, Dublin
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.
Alternatively, you could hike along Howth Head for cliff side views of the water. No matter where you decide to walk in Howth, the views will not disappoint.
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 sun sets 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.
How to get to Howth: Howth is only a 30 minute dart ride from the city centre, check out the directions on Google Maps.
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5) Clear your mind at Sandymount, Dublin
Head out to Sandymount for a lovely walk along the sand and take a moment to step back and think. Durning 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).
6) Stretch your legs at Marley Park, Dublin
Another awesome place to go for a walk in Dublin is Marley Park. It is the perfect place to go for some peace and quite. 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.
Top Scenic 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 mountains. 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.
7) Get Chills at the Hellfire Club, Dublin
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.
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 to from Dublin City. Costing 25/30 euro in a taxi. The car park is free, just take note of the opening times. It opens till 9:00pm April to September and until 5:00pm October to March. Double check the time upon arrival.
8) Enjoy the Dublin Mountains at Cruagh & Massey’s Woods
Nearby the Helfire Club lies Cruagh and Massey’s woods. Both 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 woods as there is no official trail. There is however an amazing view of Dublin from a far. The view often has a hazy appearance durning the day and at night it is amazing to watch the light’s glisten from the city.
9) See the best view of Dublin city from Ticknock
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 presented with outstanding views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay and Wicklow.
Ticknock is home too many marked trail heads such as the Fairy Castle Loop, the Dublin Mountains 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.
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 all located close together. All of the following walking trails are of 1 hour less away from Dublin City Centre.
10) 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 walk down the gorgeous promenade, go the the sea-life centre or get an ice cream/crepe in Gino’s.
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 too Bray from Dublin: Bray is easily accessible via car, bus or dart. Directions can be seen on Google Maps.
11) Tick the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk off your bucket list
Possibly, one of the most popular of 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 over hanging cliffs.
The walk begins in Bray and ends in the neighbouring town Greystones. On the trail you will encounter beautiful wild flowers, 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.
12) See Ireland’s Highest Waterfall Powerscourt
Another beautiful place to go for a stroll is Powerscourt waterfall in County Wicklow. It’s the 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).
13) Challenge yourself by hiking the Sugar Loaf, Wicklow
The Great Sugar Loaf is an outstanding mountain that stands isolated form the rest. The 501 metre mountain can been 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 trails difficulty 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).
14) 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.
Alternatively, there is a bus that leaves from the City Centre costing 20 euro for a return trip.
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