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TOUR OF THE TORS

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You don't have to go to the Mourne mountains or Dartmoor to enjoy the those wonderful geological feature called tors � rock out crops.  It is possible to visit several just a short walk from the Tiknock car park in the Dublin Mountains.

This route is a short hike of about two hours (but it  can be shortened ) will take in the tors on Three Rock and Two Rock. For those who fancy a bit of bouldering there are a number of routes described on these tors and they give really nice introduction to the sport and magnificent views over the city and county.

Follow the tarmac road from the car park up hill towards the masts on Three Rock Mountain stopping occasionally to look back and enjoy the view over the city. At the end of the tarred road we reach a cross roads, go straight through the cross roads. (Turning right at this point will bring you up to the cairn known as Fairy Castle 536m). Shortly after going straight through the cross roads, veer right off the gravel road towards your first Tor. A path will lead you into and through the tor. Around the back you see the second tor to the east and across the road. At the second tor you may decide that you have had enough so retrace your steps to the car park.

For those with more energy, rejoin the forest road and head south to the end of the forest road. Here a small trail leads through the forest to the fence line. Turn right and follow the fence line "trail" uphill to reach the tors on Two Rock. Veer right here and follow the trail to join the path from the cross roads to Fairy Castle. Turn right and head downhill to the cross roads and follow the tarmac road back to the car park.

Length: Approximately 6km

Time: Approximately 2hrs -2hrs.30min depending on ability

Grade: Moderate/ strenuous in parts

Walking surface: Tarmac road, forest road, rough mountain track - Strong footwear recommended

Way marking: none.

Map: Tiknock Download Map - All Trails

 

 

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