Dublin is an incredible city, best seen on foot. With so much to do in the amazing capital city of Ireland, I’ve made a list of some of the best walks and hikes I’ve taken while living in Dublin for a year.
Boasting over 40,000 acres of desert and mountain parks and preserves, Phoenix is the place for hiking aficionados. If a crowded trail isn’t your thing, the city offers plenty of lesser-known trails that offer tranquil, breathtaking views of town.
The Greystones Cliff Walk is one the things to do at the weekend or whenever you have a day off. It is a stunning coastal path along the cliffs, and follows the railway line which connects Dublin with Wicklow and Waterford. Easily accessible from Dublin by hopping on the DART at Connolly station, and a pleasant day out in both Summer and winter! Just wrap up warm as its quite windy.
Irelands Eye is one of the most natural treasures of the east coast. Lying just 1.5km offshore, it’s a wildlife sanctuary and home to thousands of seabirds during the breeding season (May to July). The ferry drops you in the northwest corner, beside the 19th century Martello tower. Watch where you walk to avoid gull eggs and chicks in the ground. Make your way along the island’s north shore to its highest point then continue to a viewpoint above rocky East Stack, home to a large gannet colony. Now, head South-West towards the ruins of St. Nessan’s Church, once part of an 8th Century monastery. Complete the circuit by heading back past the beaches of west coast.
Length: 2.5km / 3 hours (including ferry)
The Royal Canal Way
Start: at Castleknock railway station and finish at Leixlip’s Louisa Bridge Station
With your back to Castleknock railway station, turn left and join the canal towpath. Soon you teach the Deep Sinking , a narrow limestone fit where the path rises 10m above the water. Back in the 19th century this section something’s proved fatal for draught horses towing barges through the chasm below. The path rough underfoot here, but a smooth, newly-resurfaced tail takes over from Clonsilla onwards. The landscape grows more rural now, with fields bordering the path. Five bridges mark your progress towards Leixlip, where the Ryewater Aquaduct carries the canal over the ricer Rye.
South Wall Walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse
Past the famous Poolbeg chimneys, the walk is about a 4km round trip. At the end you can look back at the iconic red and white stacks that shape the Dublin skyline. Keep an eye out for porpoises and seals along the way.
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