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

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

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 Road to the former Kilternan Sports Hotel where it turns left and travels through the grounds of the Hotel 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 road.  With the option of a rest break at Johnny Foxes pub in Glencullen the route travels along the Ballyedmonduff Road.  The DMW then turns into the GAP (Glencullen Adventure Park) where there is an option for a pit-stop at the GAP CafĂ©, 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


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

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 

The Hell Fire Club

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



MAP 3 Glenasmole - Tallaght

The Dublin Mountains Way used to travel down to St. Ann

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

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