Episode 2: 5 Brilliant Walks In And Within Driving Distance Of Dublin That You Can Try This Weekend

Happy Weekend to our amazing students. With the travel restrictions now lifted throughout Ireland and the sun shining almost every day, this is your chance to make the most of the weekend and enjoy the Irish summer! All of these hikes are within close proximity to Dublin and are catered to all fitness levels.

 

The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk (Wicklow)

During this walk, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. The walk takes you along a coastal path that winds along the side of Bray Head Hill.

The walk covers roughly a 7km stretch between the coastal towns of Bray and Greystones in county Wicklow.  It’s a really picturesque route with stunning rugged scenery. The path hugs the coastline around Bray Head, following the train line below and taking in some truly amazing views along the way.

The DART makes this an easy option for those without a vehicle too and is a pleasant journey from the city centre taking about 40 min to get to Bray and 50 min to Greystones.

You’ll find this 241m tall hill and headland slap bang in the middle of the towns of Bray and Greystones.

It’s a relatively easy climb to the top, and it shouldn’t take you any longer than an hour to get up and back down again. At the top, you’ll find a concrete cross that was placed there back in 1950.

It’ll take you around 50 minutes to get here on the DART.

Towards the southern end of the DART line and just over the border with Dublin is the town of Bray, County Wicklow.

The Spinc Loop (Wicklow) 

The Spinc Loop hike is challenging in places, handy in others and the scenery throughout is glorious. This walk will take you along the Spinc ridge overlooking Glendalough, offering endless scenic views over Glendalough and the surrounding mountains.

The walking time is around 4 hours, and it is highly recommended to bring some water and snacks in a backpack. 

To get to Glendalough from Dublin, you can take the St. Kevins bus at 11.30 am from St Stephen Green North opposite Stephen Court (Starbucks). The bus journey is approximately  1h20.

Drive time from DBS: 50 minutes

The Hellfire Club

The Hell Fire Club is an old Hunting lodge located just South Dublin on Montpelier Hill, 6.5 km south of  Rathfarnham. Hell Fire club walk, also known as the “Montpelier walk”, is an easy to moderate 4 km loop walk that will bring you from the Hell-Fire car park to the Hell Fire lodge located on the 383 m high Montpelier Hill overlooking the City of Dublin. If you are looking for a short walk close to Dublin, the Hell Fire Club walk is for you!

The nearest bus stop to the Hellfire Club appears to be the Dublin Bus Stop 6283 at Ballycullen Road (Hunter’s Avenue).  This stop is served by the Number 15 bus.  From there, the Hellfire Car Park would be around a 40-minute walk.

The Killiney Hill Walk

Located not far from Dublin city is the short but breathtaking Killiney Hill walk. Brief but steep, this hike will take your breath away in more ways than one, and if you are into swimming in the cold Irish sea, you should definitely pay a visit to Vico Baths, a popular swimming place located near the top of the hill. 

It will take you around 40 minutes to reach Killiney from Tara Station by Dart. 


National Botanic Garden

 

Located in Glasnevin, County Dublin, the National Botanic Gardens are noted for their fine plant collections holding more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from around the world. 

Conservation plays an important role in the life of the botanic garden and Glasnevin is home to more than 300 endangered plant species from around the world including six species that are already extinct in the wild.

Bus Time: 27 minutes 

Walking time: 50min Walking.

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