Dublin Mountains Loop Trail is a 12.2 mile loop trail located near the city of Rathfarnham that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.
It is, perhaps, not fully appreciated how rich the Dublin Mountains are in ancient monuments, some of which date back thousands of years. This guide describes a circular route around the northern fringes of the Dublin mountains, taking in three different types of ancient monument, dating variously from the Neolithic (late Stone Age) and Bronze Ages. Wedge tombs are the most common form of ancient monuments in Ireland and are found throughout the country. They are so-called because of their shape: wide at the entrance and then narrowing and sloping down towards the back with one or more chambers within. Passage tombs are the best known type of tomb on account of the famous one at Newgrange. There are many more such tombs in Ireland, although most of them are much smaller. They still conform to the same basic design, however: a long passage leading to a central chamber. Chambered cairns are the simplest form of monument, consisting of a burial chamber called a cist surrounded by a mound or cairn of stones.