Dublin Mountains Loop Trail is a 19.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near the city of Tallaght, Ireland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Distance: 19.6 km Elevation Gain: 741 m Route Type: Loop

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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.

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8 days ago

Great trail with awesome views over the Dublin city. Many photo opportunities. Can be combined and mixed with another trails around. Dogs friendly.

18 days ago

great walk. rocky at times definitely bring a walking stick.

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18 days ago

Very nice hike until the road part starts at the end, which is about 2-3 miles, no sidewalks and fair amount of car traffic. Ruined the entire hike imho

2 months ago

Agree with all the remarks about there being too many roads without sidewalks... otherwise the trails themselves are great

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3 months ago

Really great trail with amazing views. Ran into some deer crossing the trail in the mountains as well. The recommended detours are also very worth it. Be careful on the last stretch of road (Tibradden road) however. Cars tend to speed more than they should and there are many turns with very bad visibility.

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3 months ago

I love Dublin Mountains. This trail was amazing, all the different landscapes, tombs, water streams, forests...everything!

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6 months ago

Nice views!! Only be prepare for rocky downhills in some parts!! Anyways I definitely recommend it!!❤️☘️

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9 months ago

The city views are nice in the first hour but the best part is after the traffic noise from the m50 subsides. I was actually shocked how audible it was and for how far. I would also add a word of caution for the very last stretch is on a main road with no foot path. I found that very stressful especially with a dog in tow. When you’re in the middle though it is spectacular. I would do it again, maybe figure out a different way of getting back. I did it in five hours including two stops for a cuppa! one of which was in a lovely cafe just before the precarious bit of road.

10 months ago

did the whole trail this august, a marvelous trail for those who want to see something else than tourists !!! Great walk, it took me 6 hours to do it and take my time to apreciate the sightseeing and meet otherwalkers !!

11 months ago

Great run

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Amazing hike! loved it!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Awesome hike! Perfect to see the many different aspect of Ireland's natural habitat. You'll start out going through a paved/gravel path through the mossy woods that takes you around to a mountain side trail with great views of the ocean/city. Don't forget to stop off at some of the burial sites along the way, especially the Ballyedmonduff Wedge Tomb. In order to get there you need to go off the loop trail and down the mountain a ways, but it's worth it when you get there. Lastly, when you get to the Fairy Castle peak, even the most skeptical of hikers would be satisfied. Following this rolling green mountain ridge is everything that people want to see in an Ireland hike. We got lucky while up there and had some fog roll in creating a really awesome and eerie environment. The hike took us about 6 hours, but could be done in 4-5 if you're an experienced hiker. We usually like to keep it casual and take in the views. Be sure to finish the hike before sundown. The last portion is on a really tight and windy road that's not well catered to hikers. Safety first! Cheers!

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Very beautiful! Views were amazing!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

did this today, other than the weather it was great, not too difficult but enough to make it worth while!

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