Howth Cliff Walk
Easily accessible from the city centre, the Howth Cliff Walk is one of the most picturesque walking trails in Dublin. This trail takes in everything Howth has to offer from blustery coast to inland meadows. Catch glimpses of the ruins of 15th-century abbeys, look over the bays of Dublin and if the day is clear you may even see the distant Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. After your 6km walk, you can cosy up beside the fire with a pint or indulge in some seafood in one of the villages many fine seafood establishments.
Covering over 20 hectares, Bushy Park sits alongside the tranquil Dodder River in Terenure. The park has woodland walks, ornamental ponds, and areas catering for football, tennis, and boules. What makes it a top autumn walk is its Native Tree Trail, which boasts over 15 native trees throughout the park. Bushy Park is also home to Dublin’s first public skatepark opened in 2006.
A beautiful pine forest around 16km outside of the city, Tibradden Wood offers a delightful walk in the Dublin mountains. Tibradden is both a wildlife habitat for birds, deer and foxes and a place of archaeological interest. On the south side of the wood lies an ancient carin and a Bronze Age burial site. Follow the challenging stone path to the top and take in the sights of the Dublin mountains in all their glory.
The Hellfire Club
The Hellfire Club sits atop of Montpellier hill and provides stunning views of Dublin city in any season. This route is for the adventurers and thrill seekers as there is plenty of spooky history behind it. The foreboding Hellfire hunting lodge even has legends associated occult activities and brief appearances of the Devil. This one is perfect for a Halloween evening!
Dalkey and Killiney Hill
For a more leisurely walk, a stroll up Dalkey and Killiney Hills before hopping back on the DART offers panoramic views of Dublin. Once you reach the top you have 360° views of the Wicklow Mountains, Dublin Bay, Dun Laoghaire, and the beautiful Howth peninsula. On Killiney Hill you will also find an obelisk which dates to 1741.