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Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland.

Upcoming Guided Walks

Lough Brays Walk – Glencree

Book Now Date: April 7th 2024
Price: €25
Meeting: Glencree Reconciliation Centre at 10:30am
Pickup: (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel, Tallaght: 9:15am or Luas Balally (Dundrum): 09:30am
Type: Moderate.
Time: Approx. 3hrs, Distance: 10Km. Ascent: 280m
Terrain: Open mountain tracks and trails.


About the Lough Bray Walk

Starting from the Reconciliation centre at Lough Brays in the Wicklow hills. There is a nice mountain trail that we can follow up from here. This trail will bring us on to the top of the cliffs overlooking both lakes of Lough Bray Upper and Lower. We should have a view of Lough Bray Lodge also. The trail then follows along the top of the lakes overlooking the Glencree valley. We come back down at the Upper Lake Car Park and make our way back.

There are some beautiful views from the start of this walk down the Glencree valley and then as we gain ground there are fantastic views of the lakes and the surrounding mountains.

We will be stopping for a bite to eat along the way so bring a packed lunch.


What to Expect

Open mountain top and mountain trails
Expansive views of Lough Bray Lakes with the Glencree valley reaching out in front of you towards the Irish sea and coastline.

How to get to the Glencree Reconciliation Centre (From Dublin)

Take the N11 from Dublin take the turn for Enniskerry. Passing through Enniskerry take the road L1011 out towards Glencree. It will take approx. 20 minutes on this road. Allow time for cyclists, tractors etc. Keep on this road and eventually you reach the top of Glencree valley. The centre will just be into your left then.

Allow approx. 40 minutes’ drive from Dublin city.

Derrybawn Loop Walk – Glendalough

Book Now Date: April 20th 2024
Meeting: Glendalough Hotel Car Park 11:00am.
Walking time: Approx. 4 hrs, Distance: approx. 11.5 Km. Ascent: 380m
Type: Moderate
Terrain: Good Forest tracks and trails and rough moorland.
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
Transport Available (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel Tallaght: 09:15 or Luas Stop Balally 09:30am.- €5
HilltopTreks Members – €5


About the Derrbawn Loop Walk

This is a wonderful hilltop walk in the Glendalough Valley. Many will have climbed Derrybawn before but this group have not completed this particular route.

We will walk up to the waterfall and up to the top of Derrybawn which is a good steady climb on forest tracks and open moorland. Once at the top, we go straight across and begin our descent towards the woods and The Wicklow Way, stopping at St Saviours Church for some history. We return to the car park

There will be a stop along the way so bring a packed lunch.

If there is interest and/or time, we might visit the Monastic Village.


What to Expect

Forest track. Great views across the magical Glendalough Valley and the Wicklow Mountains.

How to get to the Glendalough Hotel (From Dublin)

Follow the M50 to the M11. Continue on M11 which becomes N11. Leave the N11 at the junction for the R755 signposted for Dublin/Roundwood/Glendalough. Take the fourth exit for R755 at the roundabout, and continue to R755 at the next roundabout. Continue straight on R756 then after around 1.7KM continue onto R757. The Glendalough Hotel will be on your Left.

Approx. 75 minutes from Dublin city centre.

Mullaghmeen Forest walk

Book Now Date: May 5th 2024
Meeting: Mullaghmeen Forest Car Park 11:00am.
Walking time: Approx. 2.5-3hrs, Distance: approx. 8Km. Ascent: 200m
Type: Easy
Terrain: Good Forest tracks and trails.
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
Transport Available (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel Tallaght: 09:15 or Luas Stop Balally 09:30am.- €5
HilltopTreks Members – €5


About the Mullaghmeen Forest Walk.

Nestled in County Westmeath, Ireland, Mullaghmeen Forest enchants visitors with its towering beech trees and May’s vibrant bluebells. Tranquil paths wind through the woodland, offering glimpses of wildlife and moments of reflection. The forest’s serene beauty invites all to explore, from leisurely strolls to more adventurous hikes.

In May, the forest floor transforms into a sea of violet-blue as bluebells carpet the ground, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Mullaghmeen Forest is a haven of natural splendour, captivating the senses and leaving a lasting impression on all who wander its tranquil trails.

There will be a stop along the way so bring a packed lunch.

If there is interest we might visit Lough Crew Cairns and monuments after the walk.


What to Expect

Forest track. Seasonal lakes, mix of trees and colours. Views across west Meath and the surrounding countryside.

How to get to the Glendalough Hotel (From Dublin)

Take the M3 from Dublin. Then at Kells take the R163 towards Loughcrew, continue trough Old Castle and take a left at Lower Moate.

Approx. 90 minutes from Dublin city center.

Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland with Hilltoptreks.


Guided walks and hikes in Ireland

Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland with Local Qualified Guides.

As we are based in Dublin, many of our day walks take place in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Anyone is more than welcome to join us on our walks. You don’t have to be a member of the Hilltoptreks walking Club although there are great benefits with becoming a member.

Transport for our Guided walks and hikes.

We have transport available for most if not all our walks with handy pickup locations for most people from Dublin.

About Our Guided Walks and Hikes:

Our guided walks and hikes are generally between 3-4hrs which includes time for a bite to eat and taking in the wonderful scenery. Many of the walks take place based within an hour’s drive or less from Dublin.

The walks take place in places like the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, Blessington and the Dublin hills.

We also organise guided walks and hikes further afield like a day trip to the Mountains of Mournes, The Cooleys mountains near Carlingford, or the Slieve Blooms.

Fitness and experience:

On the guided walks and hikes there are generally a mixture of fitness and experience levels. Some people walk with the club regularly and others when they can. We do not split up our groups into different levels. We just walk at a pace that is suitable to the group at the time. This gives everyone a chance to enjoy the day, its not a race, its more a social and relaxing exercise with wonderful scenery.

We do however specify on all our guided walks and hikes the level of walk it will be such as easy, moderate or strenuous.

Easy Walk: Between 5Km – 8Km, Incline not above 200m, 1 – 3hrs, mainly on the flat with some small inclines, (example Coastal walk Bray to Greystones)

Moderate Walk: Between 8Km – 12km, Incline not above 500m, 2– 4hrs, mixed terrain of track and hill. (example Maulin and Powerscourt Waterfall)

Strenuous Walk: Between 8Km – 16km, Incline 400+m, 3– 5hrs, mixed terrain of track and open mountainside, some steep ground (example Lugnaquillia or Carrauntoohil).

Hill Walking is becoming a very popular activity for people in Ireland to do. It is a very social activity and proven to benefit you both physically and mentally.  There are also wonderful parts of Ireland to explore by walking and hiking. From the rolling hills of Wicklow to sharp rugged mountains of Kerry.

So, for whatever reason you wish to join us on any of our guided walks and hikes you are more than welcome.

Look forward to seeing you on the hills soon.

Check out our list on what to bring for your walk during the summer and winter months on our Blog

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Lough Brays Walk – Glencree

Book Now Date: April 7th 2024
Price: €25
Meeting: Glencree Reconciliation Centre at 10:30am
Pickup: (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel, Tallaght: 9:15am or Luas Balally (Dundrum): 09:30am
Type: Moderate.
Time: Approx. 3hrs, Distance: 10Km. Ascent: 280m
Terrain: Open mountain tracks and trails.


About the Lough Bray Walk

Starting from the Reconciliation centre at Lough Brays in the Wicklow hills. There is a nice mountain trail that we can follow up from here. This trail will bring us on to the top of the cliffs overlooking both lakes of Lough Bray Upper and Lower. We should have a view of Lough Bray Lodge also. The trail then follows along the top of the lakes overlooking the Glencree valley. We come back down at the Upper Lake Car Park and make our way back.

There are some beautiful views from the start of this walk down the Glencree valley and then as we gain ground there are fantastic views of the lakes and the surrounding mountains.

We will be stopping for a bite to eat along the way so bring a packed lunch.


What to Expect

Open mountain top and mountain trails
Expansive views of Lough Bray Lakes with the Glencree valley reaching out in front of you towards the Irish sea and coastline.

How to get to the Glencree Reconciliation Centre (From Dublin)

Take the N11 from Dublin take the turn for Enniskerry. Passing through Enniskerry take the road L1011 out towards Glencree. It will take approx. 20 minutes on this road. Allow time for cyclists, tractors etc. Keep on this road and eventually you reach the top of Glencree valley. The centre will just be into your left then.

Allow approx. 40 minutes’ drive from Dublin city.

Derrybawn Loop Walk – Glendalough

Book Now Date: April 20th 2024
Meeting: Glendalough Hotel Car Park 11:00am.
Walking time: Approx. 4 hrs, Distance: approx. 11.5 Km. Ascent: 380m
Type: Moderate
Terrain: Good Forest tracks and trails and rough moorland.
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
Transport Available (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel Tallaght: 09:15 or Luas Stop Balally 09:30am.- €5
HilltopTreks Members – €5


About the Derrbawn Loop Walk

This is a wonderful hilltop walk in the Glendalough Valley. Many will have climbed Derrybawn before but this group have not completed this particular route.

We will walk up to the waterfall and up to the top of Derrybawn which is a good steady climb on forest tracks and open moorland. Once at the top, we go straight across and begin our descent towards the woods and The Wicklow Way, stopping at St Saviours Church for some history. We return to the car park

There will be a stop along the way so bring a packed lunch.

If there is interest and/or time, we might visit the Monastic Village.


What to Expect

Forest track. Great views across the magical Glendalough Valley and the Wicklow Mountains.

How to get to the Glendalough Hotel (From Dublin)

Follow the M50 to the M11. Continue on M11 which becomes N11. Leave the N11 at the junction for the R755 signposted for Dublin/Roundwood/Glendalough. Take the fourth exit for R755 at the roundabout, and continue to R755 at the next roundabout. Continue straight on R756 then after around 1.7KM continue onto R757. The Glendalough Hotel will be on your Left.

Approx. 75 minutes from Dublin city centre.

Mullaghmeen Forest walk

Book Now Date: May 5th 2024
Meeting: Mullaghmeen Forest Car Park 11:00am.
Walking time: Approx. 2.5-3hrs, Distance: approx. 8Km. Ascent: 200m
Type: Easy
Terrain: Good Forest tracks and trails.
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
Transport Available (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel Tallaght: 09:15 or Luas Stop Balally 09:30am.- €5
HilltopTreks Members – €5


About the Mullaghmeen Forest Walk.

Nestled in County Westmeath, Ireland, Mullaghmeen Forest enchants visitors with its towering beech trees and May’s vibrant bluebells. Tranquil paths wind through the woodland, offering glimpses of wildlife and moments of reflection. The forest’s serene beauty invites all to explore, from leisurely strolls to more adventurous hikes.

In May, the forest floor transforms into a sea of violet-blue as bluebells carpet the ground, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Mullaghmeen Forest is a haven of natural splendour, captivating the senses and leaving a lasting impression on all who wander its tranquil trails.

There will be a stop along the way so bring a packed lunch.

If there is interest we might visit Lough Crew Cairns and monuments after the walk.


What to Expect

Forest track. Seasonal lakes, mix of trees and colours. Views across west Meath and the surrounding countryside.

How to get to the Glendalough Hotel (From Dublin)

Take the M3 from Dublin. Then at Kells take the R163 towards Loughcrew, continue trough Old Castle and take a left at Lower Moate.

Approx. 90 minutes from Dublin city center.

What to Bring for a Day Walk:

Like anything else outdoors do take a look at the weather forecast. Met Eireann Yr.no

Typical list of gear for a day on the Hills.
  • Walking Boots
  • Walking Trousers (not Jeans, when they get wet, they stay wet and heavy)
  • Base Layer – T-shirt, long sleeve (non cotton)
  • Mid layer – Fleece
  • Outer Layer – Jacket (waterproof, light and breathable)
  • Walking socks
  • Backpack (25L) 25 litres is generally a good size and should hold all your gear.
  • Hat and gloves (winter or cold day)
  • Snack and hot drink
  • Water
  • Small personal first aid kit.

Carrickgollogan walk

Review of Hilltoptreks

Reviewed August 13, 2020

A wonderful evening spend in the hills above Dublin with Terry and team exploring the old lead mine stacks and old graveyards. also very much enjoyed our return journey where Gillian shared all her interesting knowledge of wildflowers and herbs. A great evening

Date of experience: July 2020

5 Star Review

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