Top 10 best walks in and around Dublin

From city strolls and mountain-top vistas to cliff trails and challenging tracks, here are the best walks in and around Dublin. 

The top ten best walks in and around Dublin.

Dublin is a vibrant city that offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand, Dublin is a thriving metropolis, on the other, a haven for nature-lovers, with plenty of range to roam and opportunity for adventure. 

If you’re craving a good leg scratch in the capital, here are the best walks in and around Dublin.

10. River Liffey city stretch – the city stroll

The River Liffey, one of the best walks in and around Dublin.

The River Liffey is undoubtedly Ireland’s most famous river, stretching 125 kilometres (77 miles) in length and the counties of Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin. While we are not suggesting tracing its entire route, the River Liffey runs through Dublin City.  

Start at Heuston Station and walk the riverbanks to the 3Arena. This 4.5km (2.8 miles) easy route passes many fantastic sights, cafes, bars and pubs, making it a great day time activity for locals and visitors. 

AddressHeuston Station, St John’s Rd W, Dublin, Ireland

9. Dún Laoghaire pier walk – the easy and accessible walk

If you’re in search of a more relaxed affair, check out the Dún Laoghairepier walk. This stretch takes only 30-minutes to complete and it is entirely flat, making it largely accessible.

Try and fit this in on a sunny day; an ice cream from Teddy’s will be the cherry on the cake!

AddressE Pier, Glasthule, Co. Dublin, Ireland

8. Ticknock walk – for views of Dublin

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Ticknock is an area located on the cusp of the Dublin mountains. The area is only accessible by car, but there is free on-site parking for visitors. 

There are many different trails and tracks to choose from, depending on fitness level and desired difficulty, but we suggest proper walking shoes regardless due to the rugged mountain terrain. Ticknock walks offer some of the top undisturbed views of Dublin city, so don’t forget the camera.

Address: Ticknock Rd, Tiknock, Dublin, 18, Ireland

7. Grand Canal walk – for cans on the canal

The Grand Canal Docks, the conclusion of one of the best walks in and around Dublin.
The Grand Canal Docks, Dublin. Credit: William Murphy / Flickr

When seeking a more serene stroll, we suggest you enjoy a walk along the Grand Canal in Dublin. Although this stretches 132 km (82 miles), starting in Shannon Harbour, it ends in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin City. 

On a sunny day, stroll the canal in Dublin city, and there will be plenty of locals out lapping up the sun and enjoying a few drinks, making it one of the best walks in and around Dublin.


6. Hellfire Club walk – for the adventurers

The Hellfire Club, part of one of the best walks in and around Dublin.
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For those of you seeking an uphill climb, check out the Hellfire Club walk. This moderate intensity walk is 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) in length, and while mostly easy terrain, there is the steep ascent to the house. 

If you’re looking for shomething a bit meatier, add on the Massey Woods Nature Walk which just over 9 kilometres (5.5 miles) and works out as a half-day excursion. 

Location: County Dublin, Ireland

5. Great South Wall walk – the secret city stroll 

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Another one of the best walks in Dublin has got to be the Great South Wall walk, on the outskirts of Dublin city. Although this can be accessed on foot, we suggest a car due to its somewhat isolated location. 

Stretching into Dublin Bay, the Great South Wall leads to the Poolbeg Lighthouse and on turning back to the mainland, offers stunning views of Dublin city. 

Address: S Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland

4. Howth Cliff walk – the perfect day trip 

Howth Cliff walk, one of the best walks in and around Dublin.

One of the most popular walking trails in Dublin is the Howth Cliff walk. This is a track of easy-moderate intensity. Start in Howth Harbour from the East Pier and trace the cliffs towards Howth Summit for bird’s eye views of the city. 

Although this route is only 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), Howth makes a fantastic place for a day trip, so make sure to allow time for lunch and a potter around the charming village. 

Address: 23-21 Balscadden Rd, Howth, Dublin, Ireland

3. Bray to Greystones Cliff walk – for cliff views

The Bray to Greystones cliff walk is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) in length, and the route begins in Bray and ends in the neighbouring area of Greystones. 

Alternatively, begin in reverse. Either way, both towns have a train station making them easily accessible. Expect cliffside vistas, stunning ocean views and all but a short train ride from Dublin city.

Address: Bray-Greystones Cliff walk, Rathdown Upper, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

2. Killiney Hill – for its impressive monument

The monument atop Killiney Hill, making this one of the best walks in and around Dublin.

Killiney Hill is one of the locale’s most-known attractions, and one of the best walks in and around Dublin.

The summit is topped by an obelisk (a pyramid-shaped monument), and the peak offers stunning views over Dublin, the Irish Sea, and even the mountains of Wales on a clear day!

Address: Killiney Hill, Dublin, Ireland

1. Phoenix Park – the best walk in and around Dublin

An image of Phoenix Park, the best walk in and around Dublin.

The ultimate walk in Dublin has got to be found in Phoenix Park. This is Europe’s largest city park and offers a wealth of activities, sites to see and things to do. 

The park is not only home to a large herd of wild deer, but also, Dublin Zoo, ancient burial chambers and even Áras an Uachtaráin – the home of the Irish president. 

AddressNorthside, Dublin 8, Ireland

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