Lead Mines Chimney and Carrickgollogan

Location: Dublin. Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 2 hours 30 minutes. Distance: 10km. Equipment: Doable in runners but hiking boots would be preferable. Families: Not suitable for buggies. Rating: 4.5 stars. After quite an indulgent Christmas we hauled ourselves off the couch to take on the hills behind Shankill village. And boy were we rewarded for our … Continue reading Lead Mines Chimney and Carrickgollogan

Oldbridge House, Co. Louth

Difficulty: Easy. Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Distance: 5km. Equipment: Hiking boots would be preferable as many of the walkways are muddy. Families: Many of the walkways are muddy and not suitable for buggies. Rating: 3.5 stars. Reference: http://battleoftheboyne.ie/walkways/ The site of the Battle of Boyne offers a number of walking routes. An information board … Continue reading Oldbridge House, Co. Louth

St Catherine's Park, Kildare

Difficulty: Easy. Time: 50 minutes. Distance: 4km. Equipment: Runners. Families: The woodland trail is not suitable for buggies. Rating: 3.5 stars. On a cold wet Sunday we decided to take on a straightforward park walk and St Catherine's park fit the bill. It was a very enjoyable walk meandering between the trees and then alongside … Continue reading St Catherine's Park, Kildare

Glen of the Downs Loop

Location: Co. Wicklow. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Distance: 6km. Equipment: Doable in runners but the ground is muddy and slippy in places so hiking boots would be preferable. Rating: 3.5 stars. Reference: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/ireland/county-wicklow/glen-of-the-downs-loop We were blessed with another clear Winter's day so we decided to take on the scenic Glen of the … Continue reading Glen of the Downs Loop

Donadea Forest Park, Kildare

Difficulty: Easy. Time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Distance: 6km. Equipment: Runners. Families: Suitable for buggies. Rating: 4 stars. Reference: https://www.coillte.ie/site/donadea-forest-park/ This is the time of year for a forest walk, when the autumn colours are at their finest. With this in mind we decided to take a trip to Kildare to visit Donadea Forest Park. … Continue reading Donadea Forest Park, Kildare