The Dublin Mountains are an ideal place to spend a few hours on a walk with the family, a cross-country hike or a spin on a mountain bike. The trails and forests are perfect for exercising, exploring or just clearing your head when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There is a range of activities to choose from some of which we’ve mentioned below:
Although the trails are by no means treacherous, there are some simple common-sense lessons we should all take heed of before heading out. 1. Wear appropriate footwear 2. Bring enough food and water with you 3. If you are walking in the dark, bring a flashlight and other reflective material 4. Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back 5. Bring your mobile, just in case you get into trouble and need emergency assistance
The Dublin Mountains Partnership have developed 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, totalling approximately 40 kilometres of trail. The aim is to integrate existing and potential recreation areas in order to improve the experience for walkers/runners/hikers of the mountains. You can choose the length and difficulty of the walk to suit your skill and ability. Did you know that Dublin has its very own haunted house? Montpellier Hill, better known as Hell Fire Club (pictured above) is located in the Dublin Mountains and is a great place for an afternoon walk or an evening stroll to tell ghost stories. The abandoned, roofless, hunting lodge at the top of the hill is said to be the site of many scary events and supernatural visitors. The best-known story is that the devil himself joined a group at a card game. It’s a great place to visit at any time of the day and is often the site of dog-walkers, walkers and late at night, ghost tours!
A little more challenging than a walk or hike, Orienteering is a great activity for a group, family or individual who loves to be active. It’s a competitive sport in which runners have to find their way across the rough countryside with the aid of a map and compass. The Irish Orienteering Association often have events in the Dublin Mountains and there are two new permanent orienteering courses in Hell Fire Club & Massy's Estate which you can explore in your own time. It can also be a great team-building activity for workplaces, encouraging teamwork and cooperation.
If you are a fit individual with experience in biking, the Dublin Mountains can be an ideal place for practice and exercise. There is an 8km cycle trail available to the public which opened in 2011 in Ticknock. You can explore the beauty of nature while following the red arrows through forest road climbs, tight twisty tracks, lots of fast descents, ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky parts. The route is classed as difficult so make sure you have enough experience to avoid accidents or frustrating other riders. If you would like to explore the wonderful Dublin Mountains, IMI residence is the most ideal location for you. We not only offer a convenient location but great value rates and comfortable rooms too. Call our reservations team to check availability.