A Guide To One Of The Best Rambles In Dublin: The Ticknock Walk

How to get there, the best route + more

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Photo by @antppe

If you’re looking to add the Ticknock Walk to your to-conquer-before-pints (or pizza) list this weekend, then keep on reading.

Ticknock is home to one of the best walks in Dublin.

In the guide below we’ll take you through everything you need to know if you’re thinking about giving it a lash this weekend.

From how to get there and where to eat nearby, to the best walking route and more, we’ve got you covered.

The Ticknock Walk: Handy pre-walk info

  • Location: Sandyford, Dublin
  • Best route (in my opinion): The Fairy Castle Loop
  • Walk time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Gear needed: Dress for the weather. Walking boots will come in handy, but runners with a solid grip will do.

About Ticknock

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Via Google Maps

You’ll find Ticknock in the Dublin Mountains.

It’s around 3 km south-west of Sandyford, and a handy half-hour bus journey (the 44B) or drive from the centre of Dublin.

Ticknock offers a glorious 10km of mountain and forest walks for those looking to stretch the legs and soak up some of the best views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains from above.

The forest boasts an extensive network of trails that offer pleasant walks (or if you’re a mountain biker, cycle trails) through the trees.

Related Read: Check out our guide to 90 of the best things to do in Dublin this weekend.

ticknock walk directions

it also has a tarmac road that goes all the way to the top, which makes it nice and accessible for people with lower level of fitness.

When you reach the end of the tarmac, you’ll find three large rock formations (Three Rock Mountain) which make the perfect viewing point for a post-hike gander at the Wicklow Mountains and the coast.

You’ll find Two Rock Mountain not far from here, and it’s here that you’ll find the ruins of the Fairy Castle.

Tip: In the colder months, there’s no better place to sip from a flask of tae than up on one of the rocks.

My Favourite Ticknock Walk: The Fairy Castle Loop

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Via Google Maps

Personally, I always opt for the Fairy Castle loop when visiting Ticknock.

This is a lovely looped walk that takes in the seemingly never-ending views of Dublin that envelope you.

Here’s everything you need to know

Where to start it: in the car park

Walk time: Allow between 1 and a half hours to 2 (I’ve spent 40 minutes at the top on a previous visit taking in the view.

How to find the route: Look out for the green signposts which mark this Ticknock Walk. You’ll see the first one in the carpark.

Tip: Keep going until you reach the viewing point. Chill for a while and enjoy the view. On the way back down make sure to keep an eye out for the signposts which will lead you back to the carpark.

Places to eat after you finish the Ticknock Walk

In need of a post-walk feed?

Take the short spin over to Lamb Doyles for a bite to eat.

Have you competed a Ticknock Walk recently? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Had my first walk its a trully Beaitifull spot lovely views of dublin city etc

    But Signage is absolutly deperate with lots of misleading dead ends and treks if gone of the main trek or trying to find the car park or starting point on returning


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