Best bird watching trails in County Dublin, Ireland

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in County Dublin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in County Dublin, Ireland
Top trails (9)
#1 - Cruagh Forest to Tibradden Mountain Trail
Cruagh, Tibradden & Pine Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Part of the Dublin Mountains Way. This trail offers magnificent views and opportunities to see wildlife. Park hours vary by season, so check the Coillte website (link below). Most of the track is on closed forest roads but crosses the road to a gravel path that starts behind Zipit Forest Adventures. This is a loop on the Dublin Mountains Way combined with an out and back trail to the chambered cairn at the peak of Tibradden mountain. If you are interested in Irish history and are willing to brave walking along the R116 you could extend this to a loop by continuing until you meet the Wicklow Way and returning along Pine Forest Rd (R116). Then visit the site of one of Daniel O'Connell's 'monster meetings' in his campaign to repeal the 1801 Act of Union. https://www.coillte.ie/site/cruagh-wood/ https://www.coillte.ie/site/tibradden-wood-pine-forest/ https://www.dublinmountains.ie/dublin_mountains_way/ http://www.wicklowway.com http://www.irishtrails.ieShow more
#2 - Wicklow Way: Marlay Park to Knockree
Marlay Park
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
The Wicklow Way is a 131 km long distance walking route that starts in Marlay Park and finishes in the village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow. It is the oldest such route in Ireland, having opened in 1981. The first stage ends on the other side of Knockree near the youth hostel.Show more
#3 - Howth Cliff Walk Loop
Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
#4 - Poolbeg Lighthouse
Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
#5 - Royal Canal Way
Pearse Street, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 90.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Trail along the Royal Canal from Dublin to Cloondara. The entire route can be walked in about 6 days, and there is plenty of public transportation along the way if you wish to hike the path in sections.Show more
#6 - Corkagh Walk
Corkagh Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#7 - Ranelagh, Phoenix Park, Islandbridge, St. Stephen's Green
Phoenix Park
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Length: 16.4 mi • Est. 7 h 32 m
#8 - Magazine Fort to Hole in the Wall
Phoenix Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#9 - Upper Bohernabreena Reservoir Loop [CLOSED]
Ballinascorney, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Please note, users have reported that this loop is closed as of November 19, 2020. This is an excellent walk that is easy for people of all fitness levels. The route begins on a paved road followed by a couple of small inclines before heading around the lake. There are great views throughout this hike so enjoy and take your time.Show more