Top 6 Hiking Trails Around Dublin

Did you know that spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health? If you´re in the Dublin area and looking for a way to connect with nature, hiking is a great way to do just that. In this post, we´ll be showcasing the top 6 hiking trails around Dublin, for beginners and intermediate, that offer stunning views, challenging terrain, and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. 

1. Howth Cliff walk

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  • Distance: 8 km 
  • Ascent: 220m 
  • Moderate 

This famous trail is along the Cliffs of Howth, a gorgeous fishing village in County Dublin. Howth is a popular destination because it serves as the perfect hiking spot for locals and visitors alike. There are multiple routes, which differ in length. So make sure to go to the Visitors Office and grab a map, so you can choose the most suitable route for yourself. This trail is considered moderate since there are some steep inclines. The trail is free and open all year and offers a great view over the Irish Sea and the stunning coast. 

The Howth Cliff Walk is suitable for all ages, but since the trail is really close to the cliffs, be careful about kids getting too close to the edges. The trails in Howth are also not suitable for buggies. Even on days with bad weather, the Cliff Walk offers stunning views. But you should not go hiking here on very windy days, because the area is so exposed. Make sure to wear shoes with a good grip and have some windproof outer layers as well. A raincoat, sunscreen, and a bottle of water should prepare you for all eventualities. Howth offers a lot of spots where you can have a break and picnic as well. 

This hike offers great views, the opportunity to interact with the local flora and fauna, and reconnect with nature. Howth is known, besides its beautiful nature, for its seafood restaurants. So when you are feeling hungry after your hike, there will be a great selection of top restaurants as well! 

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2. Saggart Hill loop


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  • Distance: 4km 
  • Ascent: 139m 
  • Easy

Enjoy this 4 km trail located near Saggart, County Dublin, which offers breathtaking views of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains, and Kildare´s plains. This trail is considered an easy hike, so it should be doable for all fitness levels. That makes this trail especially popular with families and dog owners. Thus, dogs should be kept on a leash, to ensure they do not disturb wildlife. There are some short, steep inclines but once you´re at the summit, it will be worth it. At the summit, you can find, besides a stunning view, two ancient monuments. 

This hike is also perfect for everyone, who wants to avoid busy trails as this one is more quiet. Saggart Hill Loop has green-colored way markers, so it´s easy to navigate. As always, make sure you´re prepared for a hike: appropriate footwear, windproof outer layers, and enough water as well as a snack. One last tip: Keep an eye out for wildlife, many people have spotted deer on this trail.  

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3. Dalkey & Killiney Hill

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  • Distance: 2.9km
  • Ascent: 122m 
  • Easy 

This route is an admired hiking trail near Dún Laoghaire, Dublin which offers coastal as well as mountain views. Once you make it to the summit, there is a monument on top awaiting you. You can also see the Wicklow Mountains, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Dalkey Island. Besides the delightful views, you can encounter wildflowers along the way. This trail is free and open all year, but since it’s so popular, it gets very busy at weekends. It’s recommended to go there mid-week or early as possible on the weekends. 

Despite some steep inclines, this trail is still suitable for all fitness levels. That is why this trail is especially popular with families and dog owners. Even though this is, in comparison, one of the smaller hikes, make sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring some extra layers, the top is exposed and can get windy. Also, ensure you have some water and a snack with you. With these things in mind, you´re ready to hike and enjoy the stunning view at the top. If you have some time after the hike, check out the nearby beaches, like Hawk Cliff and White Rock Beach, especially during sunset, as they are really gorgeous.

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4. Two ROck Mountain & Tibradden mountain loop

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  • Distance: 9.3 km 
  • Ascent: 349m 
  • Moderate 

Enjoy this beautiful hike and reconnect with nature while escaping the hustle and bustle of city life on this diverse trail nearby Bohernabreena, Dublin. This route is considered moderately challenging, therefore it’s not suitable for beginners. Well-marked and easily accessible from the city, it offers stunning views on clear days. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as well! 

Besides sturdy hiking boots, extra layers are a necessity! The summit is exposed and it can be very windy, so make sure you have some additional clothing with you. Do not forget to bring enough water and some snacks as well, since this is one of the longer trails. The Two Rock Mountain and Tibradden Mountain Loop is a fantastic opportunity to explore the great nature of Ireland and recharge your batteries! 

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5. Cruagh wood loop

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  • Distance: 4km
  • Ascent: 132m 
  • Easy 

The Cruagh Wood Loop is a popular 4 km long hiking and running trail located near Borhernabreena, Dublin, Ireland. This trail is considered to be generally easy, which makes it suitable for hikers of all fitness levels. The Cruagh Wood Loop is open year-round and has its own car park. The car park is open from April to September between 7 am to 9 pm, and then from October to March between 8 am and 5 pm. 

This trail is paved most of the way with some steep parts, but still doable for less experienced hikers. The loop offers lovely views of Dublin on both legs of the route, which makes the effort more than worth it. Appropriate footwear is recommended, especially after rainfall. If you are lucky enough to come at the weekend, you will find a coffee van where you can enjoy some refreshments after your hike. 

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6. Bohernabreena river upper loop


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  • Distance: 8.7 km 
  • Ascent: 208m 
  • Easy

The Bohernabreena Reservoir Upper Loop is a popular trail in Dublin. The route starts and ends at either of the Bohernabreena car parks. The Bohernabreena Reservoir is located 12 km away from Dublin City Centre and has provided Dublin City with a drinking water supply since it was built in 1886. Access to the reservoir is controlled by Dublin City Council, but it is free to use, and a pedestrian gate is typically open during the day for visitors. 

This trail is suitable for people of all fitness levels and offers stunning views throughout. The trail starts on a paved road, with a few small inclines, before leading around the lake. It is well-signposted with orange way-markers, making it easy to navigate. Take your time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and explore the local flora and fauna. It´s a popular area for hiking, running, and walking, so you´ll likely encounter other people while exploring. Whether you´re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisure stroll in beautiful surroundings, the Bohernabreena Reservoir Upper Loop is definitely worth checking out! 

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Lace up your boots

In conclusion, Dublin is home to beautiful hiking trails, and we hope this list has given you some inspiration for your next adventure. Whether you´re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, these 6 trails offer something for everyone. From the breathtaking views at the top of Howth Head to the serene forest at the Cruagh Wood, each trail has its own unique charm. So grab your hiking boots, pack a snack, and hit the trails – you won’t be disappointed! 

Happy hiking! And remember: Leave nothing but footprints behind.

Caroline Lessinger
Caroline Lessinger

Editor at and an upcoming BA in German and English from University of Saarland, Germany. Experience in Social Media Marketing, Content Creation and E-Learning. Currently gaining skills in photography and journalism as well as SEO. Passionate about reading and collecting pretty books, dogs, and cooking.

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