Explore the most popular wildlife 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
3 days ago

Great views from the top in all directions

on Diamond Hill Loop

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike with breathtaking views. Traffic on the trails in July and August but worth it.

Short but very steep walk affording fantastic 360° panoramic views of South Dublin and Wicklow. On a clear day you can see the mountains in Wales across the sea and the Mourne mountains to the north.

NB the last part of the climb towards the peak of the Sugarloaf is very rough and rocky underfoot, and not suitable for anyone unfit or with mobility issues.

Popular with kids.

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. A few observations:

- This trail starts on a downhill so be ready to finish on a steep uphill when you may be tired.

- You can get discreetly into Powerscourt Waterfall for free this way, but shhh, don't tell anyone ;-)

- Terrain is rough, muddy and overgrown with gorse in places, so wear decent boots and outerwear

- Trail starts off in mostly commercial, managed evergreen woods but there is lovely old, deciduous woodland at the floor of the valley

- Look out for nice distant views of Powerscourt Waterfall as you start out

- The car park closes at 4pm in winter so watch out for that. If you don't want to race the clock, there is some limited parking available on the road outside the car park; just use that.

As an escape from a multi-generation family vacation my wife and I got to sneek out for nature fun. This hike was a well needed relief. Gorgeous views easy route finding and just enough steep stuff to keep the heart rate up.(nice in January) The "ladder" part was steep and supper loose looking from below but the wet mossy rocks were extra sticky. Of course be careful but it's not as bad as it looks. The summit was as to be expected. Beautiful! Car to car took us five hours with picture stops and beer beaks. If you're in the area and get a good weather window this hike is a must. Have fun.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular view from the top of Diamond Hill.

I started with climbing Bray head, and walked over the cliffs to Greystones. On the end of the path you can turn right that brings you to the road where you can go to Greystones, or you can climb down the rocks for maybe 2 meters and you will find a steep wild path that will bring you to the original cliff trail. I did the last one. Then I went back by the original cliff trail to Bray. But you can also take the DART.
Personaly, I find the upper trail over the cliffs more beautiful then the original trail.

One of my favorite places on Earth, so far. I hiked the cliff walk with my daughter and it was beautiful and so peaceful. Be sure to carry a light rain jacket, since you never know when there will be a light sprinkle. I love Greystones.

great spot...great views and nice challenging walk and ideal for kids...took about 2 hours with kids

I was dead set on knocking this out while I was in Ireland and staying in Killarney. Originally I had wanted to do the horseshoe route to the east but the threat of high winds and rains did not make for a good mix on the ridge lines. The weather forecast was looking pretty miserable and included thunderstorms on the only day I would have a chance. To beat the weather I decided to be at the trail head around 4:30 am, i wanted 3:30 am but I couldn't find a taxi willing to take me out there that early (~30 euros). There are no real shuttles to the trail head at Cronin's Yard. After arriving at Cronin's Yard I headed out along the well worn rocky trail. The trail gently rises from the yard to the base of the mountain where the Devil's Ladder begins. The first light of day was already visible around 4:45 am as I left the yard. Fortunately the clouds were up near the peak and the valley was visible. Even with it raining and blowing sideways the unbelievable beauty of the lush green valley and waterfalls were a knockout. After passing between the two lakes I hit the base of the ladder and began the ascent. The devils ladder is essentially a steep chute filled with scree, talus and running water. Although the elevation and gain remind me of the Appalachians, the rugged terrain and slopes reminded me of the Rockies but covered in grass. The loose scree in the ladder would have been interesting on a dry day but the running stream that zig zagged back and forth really loosened up the material. I spent most of the climb navigating back and forth looking for larger rocks to scramble around on and to stay out of the water. I could definitely see why people regularly get hurt and even die. There are several spots where a bad foothold could result in a short fall and then a long cascading tumble. After about 45 minutes I popped out at the saddle to a herd of sheep, heavy sideways rain and high winds (~40 mph gusts). Visibility was about 50 feet (16 m) and I ended up following a sheep path to the summit. The GPS app I had made a world of difference keeping me headed towards the summit. I found the iconic cross around 6:45 am, took picture and headed down. I considered returning via Shea's but the weather was just too bad. On the way down I found the actual trail and followed it back to the ladder and descended. Descent was much more treacherous and being alone I was very careful. Overall I made it up and down in around 4:15 hours which included putting on and off jackets and rain gear.

Once back to the yard I was able to see several memorials to people who had lost their lives. There is also a nice monument to Gerard McDonnell who was the first Irishmen to summit K2, but lost his life on descent helping other distressed climbers (see The Summit documentary). I did run into three very nice french hikers that had stayed at the yard the night before and we were able to split the taxi fair back to Killarney, nice.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely walk close to where I stayed at Croan Cottages. I would love to do this walk daily if I lived near by.

very nice peaceful walk.

A great place to run off-road if training for an endurance event with dodgy knees! Can be prone to flooding after heavy rain but when dry it's an amazing trail

The first part of this hike is pretty easy, walking through the country side and in between the beautiful lakes. The devil's ladder portion, however, is the toughest hike I've done! The views on both portions are breathtaking I would highly recommend it.

walking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Amazing

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fantastic views of Lough Derghill

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beautiful varied walk, you're waking through some open fields mind that may have livestock within them

Friday, October 14, 2016

Good views, not a very difficult trail.

walking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nice walk lovely views

walking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

My own favourite destination here is the native woodland at the end of the point,especially in May, bluebells time. However, people with me are always fascinated by the remains of the Norman settlement. The Lough Ree waterside part of the walk near the start is very scenic. A visit to the old medieval hospital site also very interesting.

Three recent downsides. One is the signage has become damaged or even vanished. Two, some of the direction markers have gone from the wooded area so you may go off trail. Three, due to irresponsibility of dog owners there is a total ban on dogs now. If you are with a dog, even small dog, you will be seen and escorted off of the trail.

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