Dublin Mountains Loop Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Dublin Mountains Loop Trail is a 19.6 kilometer loop trail located near Woodtown, South Dublin, Ireland that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
19.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
741 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

walking

forest

views

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.

hiking
24 days ago

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!

8 months ago

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hiking
11 months ago

Very beautiful! Views were amazing!

11 months ago

Sunday, February 03, 2013

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