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Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland.

Upcoming Guided Walks

Marlay Park to Johnnys Foxs Pub

A special walk for the Birthday Boys on the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains Ways.
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Date: May 18th 2024
Meeting: Marlay Park Car Park at 10:00am
Walking time: Approx. 4 hrs, Distance: approx. 14Km. Ascent: 500m
Type: Moderate /strenuous
Terrain: Forest trails, Open mountain top and small roads.
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

Transport provided back after the walk to Marlay Park.


About the Wicklow Way Walk

This is part of the Wicklow Way, a trail that travels from Dublin for approx. 128Km to Clonegal in Co. Carlow. This section travels through south Dublin from Marlay Park and into the Dublin hills at Kilmashogue. It crosses over “two rock” and the side of “fairy castle” where we take the Dublin Mountains way into the Glencullen valley. From here we leave the traditional trail and make our way to Johnny Foxes Pub for a bite to eat and drink.

The trail is very well laid out and good for walking on. The track goes from parkland to small roads, open mountain tops and through wonderful forest trails and of course a nice pub at the end.

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


What to Expect

Forest track, open mountain top, path, coastal views.
Panoramic views across Wicklow, Dublin city and coastline

How to get to the Marlay Park.

Take the M50 traveling south take the exit for Dundrum / Rathfarnham. Take the R133 and continue on this road for approx. 4Km and Marlay Park will be on your left.

Killiney to Dun Laoghaire – Summer Special.

Rock Stars to fishermen! Walk on South Dublin’s Coastline.
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Date: June 16th 2024
Meeting: Killiney Train Station at 10:00am
Walking time: Approx. 3 hrs, Distance: approx. 8Km. Ascent: 100m
Type: Easy / Moderate
Terrain: Coastal Roads and Trails
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
HilltopTreks Members – €5

There is no transport provided for this walk.


About the Killiney to Dun Laoghaire Coastal Walk

At Killiney, we will meet you and give you a quick outline of our walk.

This route is along public pavements, is mostly flat except for the Vico Road stretch which is steep in places. It is about 8 kms long and will take about 3 hours plus stops.

We will follow the coastal road with some of the most expensive real estate in Ireland with tales of the famous and infamous inhabitants, past and present, along the way.

We will visit a secret bathing place next to the James Joyce museum and the starting location of his master piece “Ulysses”. We will pass by small Harbours with a castle , walk through Norman historic villages, (on Sundays via The Peoples Park food market) to finish up at Dun Laoghaire Dart Station.

There is plenty to see along the way and lots to offer the hungry (and thirsty) walker!

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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Marlay Park to Johnnys Foxs Pub

A special walk for the Birthday Boys on the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains Ways.
Book Now
Date: May 18th 2024
Meeting: Marlay Park Car Park at 10:00am
Walking time: Approx. 4 hrs, Distance: approx. 14Km. Ascent: 500m
Type: Moderate /strenuous
Terrain: Forest trails, Open mountain top and small roads.
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

Transport provided back after the walk to Marlay Park.


About the Wicklow Way Walk

This is part of the Wicklow Way, a trail that travels from Dublin for approx. 128Km to Clonegal in Co. Carlow. This section travels through south Dublin from Marlay Park and into the Dublin hills at Kilmashogue. It crosses over “two rock” and the side of “fairy castle” where we take the Dublin Mountains way into the Glencullen valley. From here we leave the traditional trail and make our way to Johnny Foxes Pub for a bite to eat and drink.

The trail is very well laid out and good for walking on. The track goes from parkland to small roads, open mountain tops and through wonderful forest trails and of course a nice pub at the end.

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


What to Expect

Forest track, open mountain top, path, coastal views.
Panoramic views across Wicklow, Dublin city and coastline

How to get to the Marlay Park.

Take the M50 traveling south take the exit for Dundrum / Rathfarnham. Take the R133 and continue on this road for approx. 4Km and Marlay Park will be on your left.

Killiney to Dun Laoghaire – Summer Special.

Rock Stars to fishermen! Walk on South Dublin’s Coastline.
Book Now
Date: June 16th 2024
Meeting: Killiney Train Station at 10:00am
Walking time: Approx. 3 hrs, Distance: approx. 8Km. Ascent: 100m
Type: Easy / Moderate
Terrain: Coastal Roads and Trails
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
HilltopTreks Members – €5

There is no transport provided for this walk.


About the Killiney to Dun Laoghaire Coastal Walk

At Killiney, we will meet you and give you a quick outline of our walk.

This route is along public pavements, is mostly flat except for the Vico Road stretch which is steep in places. It is about 8 kms long and will take about 3 hours plus stops.

We will follow the coastal road with some of the most expensive real estate in Ireland with tales of the famous and infamous inhabitants, past and present, along the way.

We will visit a secret bathing place next to the James Joyce museum and the starting location of his master piece “Ulysses”. We will pass by small Harbours with a castle , walk through Norman historic villages, (on Sundays via The Peoples Park food market) to finish up at Dun Laoghaire Dart Station.

There is plenty to see along the way and lots to offer the hungry (and thirsty) walker!

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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