Our half-day tours are ideal for exploring the area on Dublin’s doorstep, especially if you only have a couple of hours to spare. All of them include a two hour guided walk. Meet the guide in Dublin City Center and travel with her by public transport to the start of the walk and back. This is a unique opportunity for exploring off the beaten track itineraries where tourists don't usually venture and for getting a chance to meet the friendly locals.
From Dublin, it takes about thirty minutes with the train to reach the start of the walk. The railway line was built close to the sea shore and the views over the sea and the coast are amazing. Killiney Hill Park was built at the end of the 19th century over two hills overlooking the coast and the mountains. The trails meander through the park woodlands up to the top of the two hills standing at the heart of the Park. A tall obelisk stands on one of them while on the other, there is a tower built some two hundred years. On the way back, we pass by a quaint harbour facing Dalkey island.
To reach the start of the walk in the Dublin Mountains, we take first the tram in the City Centre and then a local bus. A forest trail leads to a mysterious clearing where we can see the imposing ruins of the Giant’s Grave, built some four thousand years ago. Further on, we reach Three Rock Mountain which overlooks Dublin and its bay. We take the time to enjoy this magnificent panorama before starting on the final part of the walk
We travel by train from Dublin to the start of the walk, enjoying the beautiful views over the sea and the coast. Walking along a nice trail meandering through the woodlands, we soon reach Ballycorus Chimney, standing on a wide plateau overlooking the coast and the mountains. The Chimney used to be part of a smelting plant which was processing ore from Glendalough. It closed down more than a century ago but the Chimney is still standing tall, reminding us of the mining activity in area.
We travel to the start of the walk with the tram and the local bus. The trail leads to a small clearing where we can look at the impressive ruins of the Giant’s Grave, built some 4000 years ago. Further on, we reach Fairy Castle where we enjoy magnificent perspectives over the countryside, the mountains and the coast. As we walk down, a beautiful perspective unfolds over Dublin and its bay.