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Hell Fire Club and Massey Woods Loop is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tallaght, County Dublin, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,072 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Historic site
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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.

The trail can be done year round but a great time to visit is early October, partly because it's fun to visit the Hell Fire Club around Halloween and also because of the autumn colors in the Massy Woods. The paths are well defined and a pair of trail shoes should suffice for your feet.

The start of the trail is at the Hell Fire Club car park which is located on the R115 road at Killakee between Rathfarnham and Glencullen. The car park is only opened on weekends and bank holidays but there is enough space for a few cars in front of the entrance if visiting on weekdays.

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Attila Vago
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It’s a lovely trail. Good for a talk and walk type hike as well.

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Shane Gallagher
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Nice views, handy stroll. don't go on busy weekends.

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David Guildea
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Matthew Byrne
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Hiking

Great walk. Lots of families and dogs. The end of this trail is overgrown and you won’t be able to complete the loop so it’s more so a up and down hike.

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Laureano Lopez
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Very beautiful!! The only bad thing is that is difficult to get to the place without a car. If you have one, there’s a car parking

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Paul Gonnelly
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Very cool trail, a good bit of climbing in places, up to 300m overall.Amazing views from the Hellfire club and really nice scenery in Massey's woods

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Will Moran
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Breathtaking views of Dublin on a clear day.

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Rizwanah Sahabooleea
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I would say there was more walking than hike. But it was worth doing it. Amazingly beautiful view from top.

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Ken Robinson
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A nice easy hike and a good one to prepare for longer and steeper climbs

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Jeanne Mulder
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Tried to follow the trail in the map given on app which didn't work put well at all. wouldn't go back. seems like it's an easy walk but gave up trying to figure out which trail I should.take so turned back and left.

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Mark C
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Tough running route, 5-20km. Plenty of steep and gradual inclines on different terrains with different views at every turn.

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Lennie McMillian
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Easy walk nothing moderate about it. Great views at the top with plenty of area for exploring and a picnic if ya like. Timbertrove close by does a savage tea and scone after.

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Deirdre Grealy
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This should be rated as ‘easy’ as i don’t think it’s a moderate hike. It’s more of a walk than a hike and it’s ideal for a family with small kids as a day out. Did it yesterday bt was disappointed with the level of ‘moderate’ so headed off to the sugarloaf for a bit of a hike!

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Lennie McMillian
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Stunning views of Dublin bay from the top..cool history too

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Baiba Gaigr
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The view on the top is beautiful

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Orla Carney
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fab place... it was my first time out hiking in yrs ... Great one to start off with... and with a little bit of spooky added in

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Jason Kavanagh
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great hike with the dog best to keep them on a leash sometimes horses are in the area

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Giovanni Colapinto
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beautiful walk also in winter. no walking skills required

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Patricia Fitzmaurice
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Hiking

An easy trail, good for trail runners. You can see most of the city on a sunny day. It's very easy to get to from the city. Timbertrove càfe is lovely for a nice coffee or lunch after your hike.

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Junior Braun
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Very close to Dublin city. If you’re looking for a short walk close do Dublin, this place is perfect.

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Frédéric Humbert
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Nice easy walk

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Tara Adye-Curran
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A bit too easy and short and too many people on trail.

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Brian Cullen
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Monika Janicka
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Thomas McManus McManus
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Isac Carvalho
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Darragh Lennon
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