Dublin Mountains Way

Dublin Mountains Way



One of the flagship projects of the Dublin Mountains Partnership is the establishment of a long distance trail, the Dublin Mountains Way (DMW), across the mountains from Shankill in the east to Tallaght (Sean Walsh Park) in the west, in all approximately 40 kilometres of trail . The DMW has been an objective of the local authorities for close to twenty years and with the formation of the partnership it has been realised.  This project has been achieved through the cooperation of Coillte, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and some private landowners. 


The Dublin Mountains Way was officially opened from Shankill to Tallaght on 31st October 2010.  The entire route from Shankill to Tallaght is now fully waymarked.  This route will be classified as one of the national waymarked ways and is waymarked with the standard yellow walking man symbol.  The sections where the Wicklow Way and Dublin Mountains Way run alongside is signed with DMW and WW to avoid confusion.


To take a preview of the route watch the Tracks & Trails series - Dublin Mountains Way episode with Ken Doherty and Fair City actress Ciara O'Callaghan. Click here


Map of the Dublin Mountains Way

The Dublin Mountains Partnership have collaborated with East West mapping to produce a Dublin Mountains public lands access map which details all public access lands, the Dublin Mountains Way, the Wicklow Way, car parks, access points and outdoor recreational facilities.  It is available in all good bookshops and outdoor stores at RRP of €9. Ask for the map The Dublin Mountains.  It is also available on www.eastwestmapping.ie



Map 1 : Shankill - Threerock Map 1: Shankill - Threerock Map 3: Hellfire - Tallaght Map 2: Threerock - Hellfire Map 3: Hellfire - Tallaght

Click on the numbers on the map to view the individual maps for the Dublin Mountain Way or select for the list below.

Shankill to Threerock Map [PDF]
Threerock to Hellfire Map [PDF]
Hellfire Map to Tallaght [PDF]

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MAP 1 Shankill - Barnaslingan

Travelling in a westerly direction, the trail starts on the main street in Shankill beside Brady’s pub, and follows paths through the suburbs over the M50 to Rathmichael.  The DMW heads up into Rathmichael Wood, coming out the other side near Puck’s Castle golf course.  From here you enter the back of Carrickgollgan Wood with a view of the Lead Mines tower.  A detour here along the Lead Mines Way (orange discs) gives you a close up view of the Lead Mines tower and further on the amazing views from Carrickgollogan hill.  Exiting Carrickgollogan Wood brings you into nearby Barnaslingan Wood.  where the trail brings you to the spectacular Scalp viewing point.


Distance: 6km

Duration: 1.5 - 2hr

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Metres climb: 110m


View from Carrickgollogan
View from The Scalp
Shankill to Threerock Map [PDF]


MAP 1 Barnaslingan - Fairy Castle

Leaving Barnaslingan Wood, the route heads along the Enniskerry Rd to the village of Kilternan and then upwards to Glencullen.   (Please take care on this narrow section of road).  With the option of a rest break at Johnny Foxes pub in Glencullen the route continues along the Ballyedmonduff Road until it passes the golf course and enters through private land into private wood.It then emerges onto forest road in  Tiknock forest and follows the road until it climbs up to Fairy Castle, via new track,the highest point on the Dublin Mountains Way at 537m. 

Map:  Download DMW Map1


Barnaslingan – Glencullen                         

Distance:                     5km                      

Duration:                     1.5 - 2hr                

Degree of difficulty:      Moderate          

Metres climb:               120m                       

Glencullen – Fairy Castle

Distance:                     8.3km

Duration:                     2.5-3hr

Degree of difficulty:      Difficult

Metres climb:               260m


Cairn at Fairy Castle
Shankill to Threerock Map [PDF]


Fairy Castle - Cruagh

Heading down from Fairy Castle the DMW joins the WW for a small section before the DMW heads northwest towards Tibradden Mtn and the WW continues south to Glencullen forest.  The DMW travels across the open mountain to another cairn on top of Tibradden Mountain.  This section of the trail was constructed in the autumn of 2008 with financial support from Comhairle na Tuaithe.  It is over 2.5 km in length and offers walkers excellent walking on a robust trail constructed to best international practice (modified for Irish conditions) and has already become hugely popular with walkers. The new trail cost over €100,000 to construct and includes bog bridge, reversal trail, robust stone stair case and water management features. The trail takes the walker across the heathland,  down through the spruce forest and into the beautiful mature Scots pine forest. 


Leaving Tibradden Forest, you cross the road into the back entrance of Cruagh Forest, and follow the forest road up along the Owenthrasna river (there is a nice picnic stop along the river).  Nearing the top of the forest road in Cruagh there is another nice diversion route – the Cruagh Mountain Access Route (constructed in partnership with Mountain Meitheal volunteers) – a 400m bog bridge bringing you up to the open mountain and rewarding you with great views of Dublin city on the way back down.  The DMW continues down the forest road and then turns off to a small trail winding through the forest to link with Massy’s wood.  Again this section of trail was constructed in partnership with the Irish Ramblers Club, Mountain Meitheal and Dublin Mountains Partnership.

Distance: 8.4km

Duration: 2.5 – 3hr

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Metres climb: 150m


Tibradden Mtn trail
Cruagh Massy's link
Threerock to Hellfire Map [PDF]


MAP 2 Massy's - Hell Fire Optional  Routes

Here there are optional routes through Massy’s Estate leading over to Hell Fire.  The Riverside Trail  follows the Owendoher river down through the estate passing wonderful stone bridges, an old icehouse and walled gardens.  There are also many wonderful specimen trees to see in Massy’s estate including Giant Redwood, Coastal Redwood, beech, lime, cedar, monkey puzzle, western hemlock, oak, Monterey pine and grand fir.  Exiting Massy’s Estate other routes are available in Hell Fire Club .The route follows the forest road up into the Hell Fire Club on Montpelier Hill.  Montpelier Loop does a loop of the Hell Fire and then you can return back up through Massy’s Estate to the entrance to Cruagh Wood.


Distance: 10.7km

Duration: 2.5 – 3hr

Degree of difficulty: Difficult

Metres climb: 480m


The Hell Fire Club
Threerock to Hellfire Map [PDF]

MAP 2 Cruagh - Glenasmole

Leaving Cruagh wood the DMW heads up to the wonderful viewpoint at Killakee and on into Featherbed forest.  A new section of trail has recently been opened through the Featherbeds (October 2011).  Leaving the forest there are fantastic views over the Wicklow Uplands including Kippure and Corrig Mountains.  The route travels down the road to the  Piperstown Gap and on across to the Glenasmole valley and the entrance to St. Ann’s graveyard.  There is a nice walk down to the historic graveyard.  The DMW itself continues along the road to the southern end of the reservoir.

Distance: 6.1km

Duration: 1.5-2hr

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Metres climb: 20m


Threerock to Hellfire Map [PDF]



MAP 3 Glenasmole - Tallaght

The Dublin Mountains Way used to travel down to St. Ann’s graveyard and into the Glenasmole or Bohernabreena reservoirs, however it now continues along the road to the southern end of the reservoir.  The short walk to the graveyard is lovely and well worth the visit.  Now the DMW continues along the road to Castlekelly and enters the reservoir at the southern end and traverses the eastern boundary of the lake. 

The Dodder has a long history of use for both drinking water and power for mills.  The peaty water from the upper slopes was used to supply the mills down the Dodder (the lower reservoir) and the lower non-peaty slopes is used for drinking supply (the upper reservoir – with pipes leading to Ballyboden works for treatment).  The scheme was begun in 1883 using local granite.  Bohernabreena supplies 18.2million litres of water per day to Dublin (which is only a small contribution to the overall Dublin use of up to 410 million litres, but in times of severe drought, its value is appreciated).


Leaving the reservoirs the DMW continues along a small path to Fort Bridge and crosses the road into Kiltipper Park and back to surburbia and the housing estates of Tallaght, towards Sean Walsh Park.  The DMW finishes in Sean Walsh Park, close to the Luas Red Line.


Distance: 10.2km

Duration: 2hr

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Metres climb: 0m

St. Ann's graveyard
Glenasmole reservoir
Hellfire Map to Tallaght [PDF]

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