Dublin Mountains Way
One of the flagship projects of the Dublin Mountains Partnership is the establishment of a long distance trail, the Dublin Mountains Way (DMW), across the mountains from Shankill in the east to Tallaght (Sean Walsh Park) in the west, in all approximately 43 kilometres of trail (plus an additional 12.3km round trip for the Hell Fire/Massy's spur). The DMW has been an objective of the local authorities for close to twenty years and with the formation of the partnership it has been realised. This project has been achieved through the cooperation of Coillte, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and some private landowners. The Dublin Mountains Way was officially opened from Shankill to Tallaght on 31st October 2010. The entire route from Shankill to Tallaght is now fully waymarked. This route will be classified as one of the national waymarked ways and is waymarked with the standard yellow walking man symbol. The sections where the Wicklow Way and Dublin Mountains Way run alongside is signed with DMW and WW to avoid confusion. For more information follow external link to www.dublinmountains.ie
Maps and other information
Dublin Mountains Partnership, c/o Coillte, Dublin Road, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow.
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead
Dublin Mountains Way map available in all good bookshops and outdoor stores at RRP of ‚¬9 and EastWest Mapping available from Email: email@example.com
Claudia from Dublin
una from Wicklow
Comments for Dublin Partnership? On the DMW website there is no mention of IrishTrails.ie yet that is where the most relevant information is. The route description on DMW on that site just ends abruptly and is not comprehensive. AS there are volunteer Guides now on the Mountains I imagine they have great talks prepared for walkers and these might be shared for us independent groups. We managed well because we know the area but it is hard to understand for visitors why the path brings you back and forth with no clear reasoning, when there are shorter options and even some more scenic options.
Conclusion on this part 5 out of 5, needs a bit better signage and route description, but we really enjoyed it. Views are amazing.I think it needs more promotion since the road walking element has changed.
Ray from Kilkenny
Ray from Wicklow
The way marking is pretty good on the mountain areas but quite poor on the road sections.
There is a lot of road walking (too much when you are wearing hiking boots!) and some very strange choices of routes at times.
Overall it was an enjoyable experience in reasonably good weather.
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Mark from Dublin
A lot of walking on roads. Good markers on trails but not on roads. Pity they couldn't organise access or right of way thru more land between Barnaslingan and 3 Rock. A lot of road walking in hill walking boots. Some views over DUBLIN are spectacular though.
David from Galway
The route is very well signposted with walking man trail markers. My golden rule is, when in doubt, keep going straight on. I did break this rule at the lower reservoir at Bohernabreena but a friendly man walking his dog told me so before I had veered off too far. I had mistaken the lower reservoir for the upper reservoir whereby one needs to cross the lake. Other than that the only place I did genuinely have trouble with the route was around the MTB trails of the Gap. There was a section whereby the waymarked trail indicates straight on but I ended up crossing over a broken fence and then onto farmland for about 10mins and then back over another trampled fence section back onto the Gap territory.
On a fine June day I had no problem walking the 30-32km with runners and I had the trail to myself. There's a lot of road walking and the trail is mainly hard surface and I felt vindicated for leaving the hiking boots at home. I can see how some people have ran this trail. Overall I enjoyed this trail, it was nice to see rural County Dublin and to look down upon the sprawling city below whilst being alone with my thoughts. I treated myself to a nice pint of Guinness at the highest pub in Ireland.
NOTE FROM DUBLIN MOUNTAINS PARTNERSHIP: Thanks for your feedback, there is a downloadable pdf of the DMW route described in the west to east direction on the Dublin Mountains Partnership website see https://www.dublinmountains.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/DMW_Leaflet_2018.pdf. Paper copies are also available - to get a copy email your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org.