Hell Fire Club and Massy’s Wood, Co. Dublin

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Time: 3 hrs 30 mins (allowing time for exploring the Hell Fire Club and taking in the views) Distance: 10km. Equipment: rain gear, runners. Rating: 3.5 stars. Reference: https://www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/hell_fire_club/ Based on the advice of fellow hikers, we incorporated Massy’s Wood into our walk and it truly was the highlight of the … Continue reading Hell Fire Club and Massy’s Wood, Co. Dublin

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Seefin and Seefingan, Dublin/ Wicklow Mountains

Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 3 hrs (allowing time for exploring passage tombs) Distance: 6.6 km. Equipment: rain gear, hiking boots, water. Families: not suitable for buggies. Rating: 4 stars. There are a few different options for starting this climb. We started from a lay-by in front of a stile, southwest of Seefin. For a walk so … Continue reading Seefin and Seefingan, Dublin/ Wicklow Mountains

Luggala (Fancy Mountain), Co. Wicklow.

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard. Time: 3hrs 15min (with breaks) Distance: 7.6 km. Equipment: hiking boots (runners are fine on the tarmacked road leading to the base of the mountain) Families: the first section is buggy friendly, but quite steep. Rating: 4.5 stars. Reference: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/ireland/wicklow/luggala-fancy-mountain-via-east-gully This is a fantastic mountain with amazing views. The beginning of … Continue reading Luggala (Fancy Mountain), Co. Wicklow.

Glenasmole Reservoir loop, Co. Dublin

Difficulty: Easy. Time: 2 hrs. Distance: 9km. Equipment: Runners, rain gear. Families: Suitable for all terrain buggy. Rating: 4 stars. Reference: https://www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/glenasmole/ We set out on a gloomy Sunday morning to Bohernabreenha carpark. The walk starts on a tarmac road between fields and houses. It's when we reached the waterside that the beauty of the … Continue reading Glenasmole Reservoir loop, Co. Dublin

Kilkenny Castle and Nore Riverside, Co. Kilkenny

Difficulty: Easy.  Time: 1.5 hrs (allowing time for reading nature boards! 🤓)  Distance: 4km.  Equipment: Flat shoes.  Families: Buggy friendly.  Rating: 4 stars.  Our original plans for a hike were scuppered this particular Sunday morning, which left us exploring the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny. We pieced together a 4km walk through the castle grounds … Continue reading Kilkenny Castle and Nore Riverside, Co. Kilkenny

Lugnagun and Sorrel Hill, Blessington lakes, Co. Wicklow

Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 2 hrs 15. Distance: 8km. Equipment: Rain gear, hiking boots, hat, gloves. Families: Not buggy friendly. Rating: 4 stars. Reference: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/280/ On a cold blustery Sunday we set out to explore at Blessington lakes. There’s no obvious parking spots so we parked opposite the start of the trail, which was marked by … Continue reading Lugnagun and Sorrel Hill, Blessington lakes, Co. Wicklow