Best trails in Tallaght, County Dublin

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Map of trails in Tallaght, County Dublin
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#1 - Dublin Mountains Loop Trail
Tallaght, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
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.Show more
#2 - Hell Fire Club and Massey Woods Loop
Tallaght, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
A half day exploring one of the spookier parts of the Dublin Mountains. The ruins of the Hell Fire Club on the summit of Montpelier Hill in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains are a well known landmark in south Dublin. This guide explores the trails around the hill and the adjacent Massy Woods with commentary on the little-known history of the area. A network of paths allow visitors to explore the woods on the site of the former Massy Estate. A fine mansion and gardens once stood here and it has since been laid out as a forest walk. The Nature Trail followed in this section of the trip passes many fine examples of European, American and Asian tree species as it makes a circuit roughly following the path of the Owendoher River, which runs through the grounds. There are also numerous points of historical importance, including a ruined Bronze Age tomb, an icehouse and the remains of the fine formal gardens that once stood here. The forest around Montpelier Hill offers several kilometers of trails. The Montpelier Loop Trail followed in this route makes a circuit around the hill - where fine views can be enjoyed over the mountains to the south west and over Dublin city and bay - before making the final climb to the site of the notorious Hell Fire Club.Show more