Due to its compact size and position on the east coast, Dublin enjoys a scenic landscape of mountains on one side and the sea on the other. A quick trip can take you away from the daily routine of urban life and into the fresh air and tranquil surroundings of Dublin’s natural environment.


From the slow pace of a leisurely Sunday hike to the adrenalin rush of a mountain bike, the Dublin mountains can be explored in a number of ways and are a favourite location for anyone who wants to unwind. The mountains are located 13km to the south of the city with the Dublin Mountains Way noted as one of the 1,001 most scenic walks in the world. They also adjoin the Wicklow Mountains to the south, which is the largest area of continuous high ground in Ireland. So throw on your boots and get going.

Dublin Mountain Trails

Discover three walking trails to suit every level...


Dublin Mountains Partnership

Recreation sites, activities and how to get there.


Wicklow Mountains National Park

A 205-square-kilometre protected area containing the Early Medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough.


The Viewpoint

Sunset over the Dublin Mountains from the viewpoint


If you’d rather stay on level ground, you can head for the coastline which offers a mix of relaxation, excitement and exploration. Whatever you fancy. We’d recommend you take the DART as the rail line hugs the coast and links you directly back to the city. Take in the fresh sea air, stroll leisurely along the seafront or stop off for a meal in one of the restaurants these villages are famous for.

How about a scenic walk over Howth Head with a stunning view of Dublin Bay and back towards the city? If you are brave enough you could even take a dip in the Irish Sea at a spot like the 40 Foot in Sandycove. People have been swimming there for over 250 years and you’ll certainly be revitalized (or frozen) by the time you get out.

Dublin Bay Day Trips

Take a day trip and wander around picturesque towns, discover secret beaches or enjoy breath-taking cliff walks.


Battle for the Bay

Dublin's watersport festival returns to Dollymount Beach for 2016.

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Dublin Bay Biosphere

The UNESCO designated biosphere for Dublin Bay extends to over 300 km squared.

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Dalkey Island and Killiney Hill

An aerial view along the coastline at Dalkey Island and Killiney Hill