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Four Hikes and Walks around Dublin using Public Transport

Howth Cliff Walk

How to get there?

You can either take the DART to Howth from one of the main train stations in the city centre of Dublin (Tara, Pearse, Connelly, Grand Canal) or catch the bus H3 from Abbey Street Lower. It takes a bit less than 30 min with the Dart and roughly 1 hour by bus.


This hike takes around half a day. There are a few routes but the most common is the Howth Lower Cliff Walk, a 6 km loop trail from Howth train station to Howth Head and back via either an old tramline or the upper pathway. If you have more time, you can do the Howth Black Linn Loop Walk that goes through Ben of Howth, the highest peak of the peninsula or Howth Bog of Frogs Walk that follows the coastline for another 4 km!


Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

How to get there?

It is best to take the DART from the city centre to Bray or Greystones. The journey takes about 45 min to 1 hour.


This walk takes just a few hours or less if you walk it quickly.


There are two routes from Bray to Greystones (or vice-versa): the lower path along the cliffs which is very easy and mostly flat, and the one going through Bray Head Summit, steep at first with 25 min uphill walk, but easy for the remaining as it meets the lower path later on. Although, the latter is a lot less busy and the views over the Wicklow range are unique. People mostly hike one way and take the train back but you can also do a loop or walk back the same way you came if you have time.


Killiney Hill and Beach Walk

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to this walk is to take the Dart from one of the city centre train stations (Pearse St, Tara, Connelly…) and hop off either at Killiney Hill or Dalkey. It should take about 30 min. From both train stations you will have to walk a bit to the park but it is easy to follow and the road runs along the coast.


You can also take Bus 7A from O'Connell Street Upper to Glenageary.


There are a few routes to get to the hill summit depending on where you are starting from (car park or Killiney Dart Station). However, one of my favourite routes is to start in Dalkey village and walk along the coast to Whiterock Beach via Coliemore Harbour, Dillon’s Park and Vico Bath. From there you can enter Killiney Hill Park and reach the summit after a quick 10 min walk (a little bit steep but fairly manageable).


Once you are done with your walk, you can either take a bus back from Killiney village or get back to the coast to Killiney Bay Beach where you can get a Dart back into town.


Ticknock

Ticknock is in the Dublin Mountains so it's a little more difficult to get to but if you really want to escape into the mountains then I recommend this one for you!


There are lots of different trails so I advise you to go and explore them. If you prefer an easier walk, start from the main car park and make your way through the forest towards 3 rocks mountain, then turn right to the fairy castle and close the loop by following the green arrows.


How to get there?

To get there you can take the bus 44B from Dublin or Dundrum or the 114 from Blackrock or Sandyford. For both lines, you will be dropped off at the foot of the Hill. You can either follow the main road to the car park but I would recommend starting the walk uphill from here.




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