Dublin Mountains Way

Dublin Mountains Way

Introduction:

 

One of the flagship projects of the Dublin Mountains Partnership is the Dublin Mountains Way (DMW) a 42.6 km national way marked trail which crosses the Dublin mountains from Shankill in the east to Tallaght in the west. The establishment of the DMW had been an objective of the local authorities for close to twenty years and with the formation of the Dublin Mountains Partnership this ambition was realised.  This project has been achieved through the cooperation of Coillte, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and a number of private landowners. 

 

The Dublin Mountains Way was officially opened on the 31st of October 2010.  The entire route from Shankill to Tallaght is fully waymarked.  This route is a national waymarked route, the way-markers are the standard yellow walking man symbol.  On the western slopes of Two Rock Mountain the Dublin Mountains Way overlaps with the Wicklow Way, another national way marked route, for 1km. Through this section and the junctions leading to and away from this section way-marking plaques also have the text, 'Dublin Mountains Way' or 'Wicklow Way' as appropriate.

 

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 & Brochure of the Dublin Mountains Way

A digital copy of the Dublin Mountains Way brochure which gives a guided description of the DMW in the Tallaght to Shankill direction along with a map is available here, for a paper copy please email your postal address to info@dublinmountains.ie

The Dublin Mountains Partnership 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, this map is currently out of print (22.11.19). A digital version of this map showing the most up to date route of the Dublin Mountains Way is available to purchase via the East West Mapping App

 

 

Updates on Trail Works, Re-Routes and detours

From Tuesday 4th August 2020 for about a month there will be manual trail repair works on the Dublin Mountains Way, Wicklow Way and Fairy Castle Loop west of Fairy Castle, see area highlighted on map.

The trails will remain open but please abide by safety signage and show consideration to the workers.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

 

 

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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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Route
Shankill to Threerock Map [PDF]

MAP 1 Shankill - Barnaslingan

Travelling in a westerly direction, the trail starts on the main street in Shankill at a metal trailhead sign beside Brady's pub . The route brings the walker through a residential part of Shankill on a series of laneways before crossing the M11 motorway on a pedestrian bridge. The DMW route then travels on narrow County roads for 0.7km, it is advisable to wear high visibility vests for these road sections. What follows is a beautiful tree lined laneway which passes the beautiful Fassaroe Cross and leads into Rathmichael Wood named for the hill fort that dominates the summit. From Rathmichael Wood the route is along Pucks Castle Lane and onwards and upwards to Carrickgollogan Wood a mixed coniferous woodland with stunning views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains, it is also known as the Lead Mines. From Carrickgollogan there is a short section of narrow County Road, Murphy's Lane, before entering Barnaslingan Wood also known as the Scalp Wood.

 

  

View from Carrickgollogan
View from The Scalp

 

MAP 1 Barnaslingan - Fairy Castle/Three Rock

Leaving Barnaslingan Wood the route heads along the Enniskerry Road to the former Kilternan Sports Hotel where it turns west and travels through the grounds of the Hotel, past the Ski Slope, before emerging onto Killegar Lane, this is a new section as of April 2018.   From here the DMW heads north to join Ballybetagh road and onwards to Glencullen village, please take care on this narrow section of County road.  There is an option of a pit stop at the famous Johnnie Foxes pub in the village. From Glencullen Village the route travels a short distance on the Ballybrack Road before turning into the grounds of the GAP (Glencullen Adventure Park) where there is an option for another pit-stop at the GAP Kitchen (open Wednesday to Sunday). The DMW travels through this private land and private woodland before emerging into Coillte's Ballyedmonduff Forest.  The DMW follows a forest road from Ballyedmonduff into Tiknock forest before climbing up to Fairy Castle, the highest point on the Dublin Mountains Way at 537m. 

 

 

Cairn at Fairy Castle
Threerock to Hellfire Map [PDF]

 


MAP 2
Fairy Castle /Three Rock - Cruagh

Heading down from Fairy Castle the DMW joins the Wicklow Way for a 1km  section. Be very mindful of junctions in this section as both routes are way-marked with a yellow hiker but do also have the route names in text on the way-marker plaque, i.e. Wicklow Way or Dublin Mountains Way.  At a junction beside a Trail Head map board the DMW heads northwest towards Tibradden Mountain while the Wicklow Way travels south onto the Glencullen to Tibradden County road.  The DMW travels across the open mountain passing Tibradden Cairn on the summit 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 DMW then travels downhill into Tibradden Wood also known as the Pine Forest and home to ZIPIT an exciting zip-line experience. The DMW crosses the Tibradden to Glencullen road into Cruagh Wood, be careful at this junction. The route through Cruagh  is a lovely upwards pull for approximately 2km before levelling out and descending out onto the Cruagh Road.  

Tibradden Mtn trail
Cruagh Massy's link

 

MAP 2 Massy's Estate and Hellfire Club Optional Route

There is an option on exiting Cruagh Wood to cross the County Road into Massy's Estate and onwards to Hell Fire Club Forest, note this would be an 8-10km detour.

The Hell Fire Club

MAP 2 Cruagh - Glenasmole

Leaving Cruagh wood the DMW heads up to the wonderful viewpoint at Killakee and along the Military Road before turning into Featherbed forest, be careful on this section of County road.  There is a short walk through Featherbed forest along a purpose built trail. At the exit of Featherbed forest there are fantastic views towards the Wicklow Uplands and the summits of Kippure and Corrig Mountains.  From Featherbed forest to the entrance to Glenasmole Reservoir it is a 6km journey on County roads. It is advisable to wear a high visibility vest for all County road sections. Along this route there are lovely views of the Glenasmole Valley home to the legend of Tír na nÓg. Look out for the dancing stone near Castlekelly Bridge. 

Hellfire Map to Tallaght [PDF]

 

 

MAP 3 Glenasmole - Tallaght

The DMW enters Dublin City Council's Glenasmole site, also known as Bohernabreena, for a beautiful 4km journey alongside the reservoirs which still supply drinking water to Dublin.  From the exit of Bohernabreena the DMW crosses into South Dublin County Council's Kiltipper Park, if you look back along this short  route through the Park there are stunning views of the Dublin Mountains.  From Kiltipper Park there is a short section through residential areas before the DMW enters Sean Walsh Park, from here it is just over 1km to the end of the DMW marked by a trailhead map. A Dublin Mountains Way badge is awarded to people who complete the Dublin Mountains Way, to receive a badge please send an email with your postal address to info@dublinmountains.ie

St. Ann's graveyard
Glenasmole reservoir

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