Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey

This walk hugs the DART line by the route of a railway which conveyed Dalkey granite, to build Dunleary harbour in the early 19th century. Remnants of the line are known as, “The Metals”, a term the locals call the whole route.

Walks: Blackrock, Co Dublin

During short winter days, suburban walks help to maintain personal fitness. Blackrock is an interesting place for strolling. Sea views, parkland and Georgian and Victorian architecture contrast with modern shopping centres.


Walks: Cabinteely Park, Co Dublin

Near Cornelscourt and Cabinteely village, a park of about 45 hectares is an oasis in suburbia. In 1984, the county council acquired part of estate lands owned by Joe McGrath of Sweepstakes fame and fortune. The parkland around Cabinteely House retains the English-style landscape features of such Georgian properties, including informal groups of trees which create depth and perspective.


Walks: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland's vibrant capital is an ideal city for walkers. Stroll in Princes Street Gardens between Georgian vistas and the old town. The classical National Gallery adds a continental backdrop. Climb to Edinburgh Castle (pictured) and visit museums and historic sites. Enjoy spectacular views northwards.

Roslin, near Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel near Roslin village featured in both the book and film versions of The Da Vinci Code. The medieval chapel was reputedly linked to the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. There are remarkable decorative stone carvings and symbolic images in the chapel. Sir William St Clair founded it in 1450. In the Victorian era, his descendants added to the enigmatic building. It is now managed by a trust, boosted by extra tourism income because of worldwide interest in the bestselling novel.

Walks: Glendalough, Co Wicklow

At the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough is a scenic amenity and heritage site. There were monastic settlements in the valley since St Kevin's time in the early Christian era. The OPW administers the interpretative centre and the historic core which attracts visitors to the national monuments, including the Round Tower.

Walks: Bruges, Belgium

The capital of West Flanders, Bruges, is accessible from Brussels on Belgium's excellent road and rail network.

Westaston Estate at Kilmacurragh

The Westaston Estate at Kilmacurragh was owned for almost three centuries by the Acton family. They developed parklands in the Victorian era and planted an arboretum. That is now the main attraction at Kilmacurragh, managed for the OPW by the National Botanic Gardens.

Walks: Kindlestown Wood, Greystones, Co Wicklow

East of the Glen of the Downs near Delgany, Kindlestown Wood is a public amenity. Because of inadequate signposts, we got lost on the way. Negative reactions to our enquiries for directions showed that many locals do not know about the wood.