Cruagh Wood and Glendoo

Location: South Dublin. Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 3 hrs 15 minutes. Distance: 9.5km. Equipment: rain gear, runners or hiking boots if you want to take on Glendoo. Families: Cruagh Wood is buggy friendly. Rating: 4 stars. Reference: https://www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/cruagh_wood/ and Family Walks Around Dublin by Adrian Hendroff. The minute we arrived in Cruagh Wood carpark we were … Continue reading Cruagh Wood and Glendoo

Hell Fire Club and Massy’s Wood

Location: South 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. Families: Massy’s Wood is suitable for all terrain buggy. Reference: https://www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/hell_fire_club/ Based on the advice of fellow hikers, we incorporated Massy’s … Continue reading Hell Fire Club and Massy’s Wood

Seefin and Seefingan

Location: 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. … Continue reading Seefin and Seefingan

Luggala (Fancy Mountain)

Location: 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. … Continue reading Luggala (Fancy Mountain)

Glenasmole Reservoir loop

Location: 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 … Continue reading Glenasmole Reservoir loop

Kilkenny Castle and Nore Riverside

Location: 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 … Continue reading Kilkenny Castle and Nore Riverside

Lugnagun and Sorrel Hill

Location: 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 … Continue reading Lugnagun and Sorrel Hill