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Cruagh Wood

See Dublin unfold before your eyes.

Situated to the south of Dublin city, Cruagh is one of three mountain summits (along with Kilakee and Glendoo) in this area of the Dublin Mountains. At its highest point it is some 522m above sea level and offers some of the best views over Dublin city and its surrounds in the flat plain below.

There are a number of waymarked trails in Cruagh Wood. The Slí na Sláinte loop of forest road provides a very pleasant walk with some outstanding views of Dublin city and the surrounding mountains. The Dublin Mountains Way passes through here and there is a mountain access route up to the open mountain. You can also access Tibradden (Pine) Forest and Massy’s Wood from Cruagh Wood, and eventually the Wicklow Way.

If you like adventure, extend your day out with a visit to Zipit Forest Adventure in nearby Tibradden Wood. Alternatively, retreat to the comfort and welcome of the Merry Ploughboy on the edge of Rathfarnham village – you’ve earned a break and some food!

Please note this walk is considered moderate with a gradual climb of 100m.  Cruagh Wood can be accessed from either the Cruagh car park or, for a longer walk with a variety of trees, wildlife, views and heritage, from the Hellfire Club or Massy’s Estate.


No of car spaces: 35
April to September: 7.00am–9.00pm
October to March: 8.00am–5.00pm
Free parking, restricted hours apply.

More details on the walks are available on the Dublin Mountains Partnership site.

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