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A Unique Hiking Guide To Carrickgollogan Forest Walk

    The Perfect Forest Trail for a weekend Hike Within Dublin.

    A nice and easy hiking trail just a 35-minute drive from Dublin City Center. There are a few different trials you can tackle which can range from around 30-40 minutes. Each trail offers a very straightforward route with some steep hills and rocky areas.

    Along the trail, you will find the ruins of the old flue chimney which was once used for the former lead works within the area as well as one of the most beautiful hidden gems along the walk, the viewing rock. This will give you stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding areas.

    Below, I will outline everything you need to know about the walk, how to get there and where to park.



    Carrickgollogan is located just between Country Dublin and County Wicklow. It is about a 35-minute drive from the city centre and a 15-minute drive from Bray.

    How to get here…

    Depending on how intense of a walk you would like you can access this walk multiple ways.


    There is a free parking site for this walk which is open 24 hours and can fit around 10-15 cars which you find on google maps if you type in the Carrickgollogan car park. This car park can get very busy on weekends so, there is another car park located on the opposite side of the trail for the Rathmicheal Forest carpark. This has a few more available spaces and you will only need to walk a few minutes up the road to reach the beginning of the trail.


    If you are looking to extend to this hike you can try and walk from Shankill. This trail will bring you through Shankill village and Rathmicheal wood which will eventually lead you to Carrickgollogan Woods. This is a great option if you are planning on travelling by public transport as Shankill Village has lots of connections. Do be warned, this is a very long walk with a lot of steep hills so I would only recommend this to experienced walkers.


    There are two ways you can tackle Carrickgollogan depending on where you start. Each trail will range from around 40-50 minutes depending on your pace. The trail is fairly straightforward with a few steep hills in certain areas. One of the best parts of the trail is also the steepest, when you are heading up the viewing rock. There is a trail which you can follow but it can be very rocky at parts so take your time as you make your way up the steep hill.

    Both of the trials link up to each other so you can end up doing a full circle, which allows you to hit the two top spots, The Lead Mines and Viewing Rock.

    This is a lovely walk with fantastic views but just make sure you keep an eye out while walking as this can also be a very popular spot for mountain biking.