Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Ireland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
3 days ago

nice trail..

A lot of road towards the end but lovely after the first km when the views start! I though it would take a while to get off the beaten track but not at all! I think if I were doing it again I’d go up to the top from the school and back down the same way as it’s by far nicer on the way up than the way down and just walking on the road in to the village and back out to the car.

lovely walk.

hiking
off trail
22 days ago

Fantastic hike. I’ve lived in Tralee all my life and have never explored this trail. However I have done Caherconree fort trail many times. This was a challenging hike in comparison, not for the unprepared or inexperienced. As you follow the river up the valley you continue to gain elevation spread out over a long distance. The valley is beautiful and peaceful with the gushing noise of the river flowing below you. There is an easy to see/follow unmarked trail all the way up to Derrymore lake. We took plenty breaks from the car and the lakes to bask in the scenery. As you start to ascend rapidly from the lake up to the mountain ridge things get steep pretty fast, nothing scary but a battle of hike up the face of the hill, this was definitely the most tiring part of the hike but it made the feeling of summiting the ridge that much better. We stuck roughly to the trail that is recorded on this app but also added a bit of our own intuition to it too. It’s not well marked out at this stage but perfectly safe. Once we got up the ridge it was pretty much plain sailing from peak to peak before we descended down the other side of the mountain. We stopped for a spot of lunch with 360 degree views as far the eye can see. Not long after that we were on our way again, the trail for the descent down is pretty much non existent, we bush whacked all the way down ourselves, often scoping out the recorded route to make sure we were on the right course. The bushy ferns were soft on the knees but please take caution with your footing as there are lose rocks here and also holes your foot can fall through. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this descent in wet conditions. We navigated the off trail descent to get us back to the river , bringing us back to where we were earlier that morning. From here we followed the river back to the car park safe and soundly. Took us roughly 4 and half hours in total with some nice breaks along the way and lunch.

The walk is in Sandymount no where near Garristown for people who don't know the walk. Wear a decent pair of waterproof shoes as the water can come up and the path is rough, easy to trip on without walking shoes. The pier was built by the notorious Earnest Bligh yes him of "the Bounty" It's not pleasant at mo due to two and threesomes walking beside each other... knowingly doing so. Great walk to take a picnic & a pair of binoculars with you to see the ferries, Dublin port or the many sea birds on the rocks.

walking
2 months ago

Nice walk with fishing lakes

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

mountain biking
blowdown
scramble
2 months ago

Excellent trail for the whole family. May be a little long for children or elderly but the trail can be started at the upper reservoir instead if needed. Good roads, rocky at times and slight uphills but it’s worth it for the beautiful sights and bright nature. Occasional sights of sheep and cows and old architecture like the bridge and lake houses make the walk much more entertaining. On sunny and dry days there’s lovely grassy shores to have picnics on. I’d highly recommend this trail for a long walk away from the busy bustle of the city!

I live in Bray and walk the Cliff Walk regularly. Use the car park on the Head overlooking the town. It’s free and safe. Start of the walk is meters from car park. Fantastic views on sunny days but equally good in less favourable conditions. Enjoy the walk, the sights, the fresh sea air and lots more. If you climb to the cross at the top of the Head views are even more spectacular and there is a Loop Walk of the Head which takes you way above the Cliff Walk, super.

Rocky. Boots needed. Trail well marked out. Easy to follow.

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
2 months ago

walking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

The visuals are amazing. Doesn't matter which direction you look at, there is a nice pic opportunity!! Mountains, river, fields, trees... all colorful and lovely. We were lucky to be there on a sunny day with blue sky too. The trail is very wet with lots of mud puddles. I was there with my three kids (9, 7 and 3) but we didn't have the right shoes so did not finish it this time... We will certainly go back there!!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great mountain to climb , we went the miners path like the map above. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted , and the way down by the west of the mountain is tough on the knees and ankles , next time I would go back the way we came up. We went on a bright day so views were amazing.

love this walk, go early to avoid crowds around the lake

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Very nice trail. Rewarding views and relaxing walking. Will be back again!

hiking
2 months ago

Sorry for low rating Poolbeg - a great walk as always & a beautiful day. Unfortunately decided to turn back as just too busy in the social distancing virus times. Some joggers don’t seem to have copped on yet - breathing heavily as you close pass by people is still spreading droplets from your breath. Fully understand of course that people want to get out on such a beautiful day - I was one of them - will look for somewhere a little less crowded.

rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

There is a new gate that prohibits access by car but gentleman in the house unlocked and let us through. Beautiful hike one of my favourites with fabulous views of Mt Leinster, Slievnamon and others, not clearly marked - follow signs for the cross.

2 months ago

A good variation on this walk. A lovely river trail that is a bit muddy which is to be expected this time of the year March. A few km on the road and great views from the woodland part of the walk with plenty of wildlife to be found.

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