Black Hill, Kilbeg, Co. Wicklow

Difficulty: Easy Time: 1.5 hours Distance: 5km Equipment: water, hiking boots, raincoat Rating: 4 stars Reference: Eastwest Mapping "The Dublin and North Wicklow Mountains" map This is a very straightforward out and back route to Black Hill summit. There is parking for maybe 15 cars at the start of the trail at Ballynultagh Gap. The … Continue reading Black Hill, Kilbeg, Co. Wicklow

Corona Special – Less Populated Walks

For those of you looking to get out there and enjoy Ireland's beautiful scenery and similtaneously practice social distancing, we've made a list of all the walks we've done that were sparsely populated. All the walks are within an hour driving distance from Dublin. It's worth noting that we did all of these walks on … Continue reading Corona Special – Less Populated Walks

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

National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery

Location: Dublin. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 2 hours. Distance: 5km. Equipment: Runners. Families: Buggy friendly. Rating: 5 stars. This is more of a meander than a walk. There is so much to take in as you make your way around the interconnected tracks. We started in the National Botanic Gardens. We parked in the carpark as … Continue reading National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery