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Episode 1: 5 Brilliant Walks to take this weekend

by Adam Crowther | May 21, 2021


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, this is your chance to make the most of the weekend. All of these hikes are within close proximity to Dublin and are catered to all fitness levels.


The Portmarnock to Malahide Coast Walk



  • The Portmarnock to Malahide Coast walk is perfect for those looking for a moderate ramble with friends on level ground that offers outstanding ocean views. You can start at Portmarnock and walk to Malahide, and after enjoying the view you can also visit the Malahide village and enjoy a nice meal or a coffee, or you can also go to Malahide Castle.


  • Public transport time from DBS: Roughly 1 hour by Dart or the 32 bus route.



The Great South Wall Walk



Expect stunning views of Dublin Bay, Howth Head, Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. The walk takes you 4km out into Dublin Bay along the Great South Wall until you reach Poolbeg Lighthouse at the very end.


Walking time: Around 1 hour walking from DBS 

Drive time: 25 minutes from DBS




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 from DBS  

Walking time: 50 minutes walking from DBS





The Howth Cliff Walk 


There are a couple of different ways of tackling this walk: you can start it from the DART station for a longer stroll, or you can kick it off from the car park at Howth Summit.


Those that head off on this walk will be treated to incredible coastal views throughout. If you’re looking to escape Dublin without actually leaving Dublin, Howth is a solid option.

You can get the DART, Northbound from the train station of your choice in Dublin City (Connolly station, Tara Street, Pearse Street …) and be in Howth in approximately 30 min.


Walking time: There are 4 different routes on the hike, which you can choose depending on your fitness level. 

Ticknock Fairy Castle Loop


The ramble up at Ticknock is easily one of the best walks in Dublin and it’s one that many people living in Dublin tend to miss!.

This is a lovely looped walk that takes buckets of the seemingly never-ending views of Dublin that envelope you when you reach the top.

Ticknock is located in the Dublin Mountains, only a half-hour (44B or 144 bus or car) from the centre of Dublin.


Walking time: Roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes