Enjoy a varied walk through forests, along the foothills of the mountains and glens south of Dublin as you walk to Enniskerry.
This morning after a hearty breakfast, a transfer (40 mins) brings you to Kilmashogue Forest, where you begin today’s walk. Hike through the forest and then out to the open hillsides of the mountains and glens south of Dublin. Throughout the exposed sections there are great views over Dublin city and its harbor. The first 3km is a steady ascent into Glencullen Forest. You will also pass the boundary between Dublin and Wicklow counties and pass by Prince William's Seat (555m).
Continue on down into the Glencree Valley, until you reach the Powerscourt complex. This is a world-class mix of gardens and ornamental lakes with the Great Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop. There is also an enormous range of shrubs and trees.
Before passing into the Glencullen forest you can make a detour to visit Johnnie Fox's pub, supposedly the highest in Ireland and one of the oldest!
The terrain consists of some minor roads, forest tracks and more sections on relatively high hillside paths. Make sure to be fully equipped with rainwear, plenty of layers, water, food, and strong footwear as you will be more exposed to the weather. Parts can be wet underfoot, take extra care in wet conditions. Please check the forecast before setting off for the day and remember that strong winds and/or rain on rough terrain can slow you down. Read more about recommended gear under equipment.
In poor conditions, it is not recommended to divert from the route to reach the top of Two Rock (Fairy Castle). The payoff for this detour is a panoramic view from the cairn where you can find a prehistoric grave.
Food & Drink
It is recommended to take a picnic lunch and enjoying your food with great views (if the weather permits!).
- Johnnie Fox's Pub - 1km detour from the route
Established in 1798 and famed for being one of Ireland's oldest and most traditional Irish pubs. The Johnnie Fox's Pub is also known as the highest pub in Ireland, having a beautiful location in Glencullen in the Dublin mountains. Before passing into the forest you can make a detour of 1.6km to visit. The pub serves food or you could pop in to try a pint of the black stuff!
- Two Rock Mountain (Fairy Castle) - 1.5km detour from the route
Two Rock Mountain has a pre-historic cairn called Fairy Castle that marks its summit. You can enjoy panoramic views from the top which include the Mournes, Sugarloaf, Tonlegee, Mullacleevaun and some interesting views of Dublin.
- Powerscourt Gardens
A world-class blend of gardens, lakes and the backdrop of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain. The interior of the mansion was burned out in 1974 and houses an exhibition. Opened daily from 09.30AM, see www.powerscourt.ie for more information.
We recommend taking a good waterproof jacket and trousers with you, plus a hat and gloves as the weather can be changeable at any time of the year. There are some more exposed landscapes on this day too, so make sure you dress in (breathable) layers so you do not get cold. A waterproof cover for your rucksack is also useful.
We also recommend wearing gaiters to protect your legs and to stop mud and water getting into your boots if you have to cross boggy sections, or if it is a wet day.
Other essential items are water, enough food and snacks to last between supply points, blister treatment and first aid kit, insect repellant, biodegradable toilet tissue, and a whistle and torch.