7 Top Locations to Walk your Dog in Ireland


Posted: 22/07/2020 09:29:52

Taking the dog for a walk has been a welcome escape from the house or supermarket queue for a lot of us over the last few months. But finding that perfect spot that is fun, different and allows your little pal to get the exercise needed can be a challenge. That’s why, the team here at GeoDirectory decided to put together a list of our top dog walking spots around the Country. 

From city parks to mountain trails, here's our top 7 spots to go walk your dog:

1. Phoenix Park, Dublin

A real gem located on the edge of Dublin City Centre, Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. From strolling around the manicured grounds of Farmleigh House, to the wide open fields around the Papal Cross, the 1,750 acres provide limitless dog walking possibilities. There is plenty of room to explore new parts and have great fun along the way!

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2. Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin

This beautiful, 300 acre public park located in Rathfarnham is situated only approx. 9km from Dublin City Centre. Your dog is guaranteed a pile of exercise (as are you) as they bound around the paths and woodland. There is also a large hedged area where your dog can be let off their lead to run around at their own pace and meet new friends. If that’s not enough to entice you, there is also a craft courtyard and café to keep you refreshed.

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3. Gleninchaquin Park, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Gleninchaquin Park is an actual working sheep farm but has been integrated with a number of great trails for you and your dog. These walks range from a gentle meander along the river through to trails over a mountain. This means walks can range from two to seven hours, so you can tailor your outing to suit your needs. Providing plenty of choice and wonderful views, this beautiful park is a must visit for you and your dog.

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4. Fitzgerald Park, Cork City

Close to the centre of Cork City this is a great park to bring your dog for a walk. It runs alongside the River Lee, helping you to clear your mind as your dog bounds around, enjoying themselves. You will also get to mingle with lots of other dog walkers. If your dog likes the water, a dip in the river could also be a refreshing option for your dog to cool down on hot summer days! Although, always be mindful of currents.

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5. Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary

The Glen of Aherlow is perfect for a trip out with your pet with a number of low-level mountain walks all offering an abundance of scenic landscape. There are two national loop walk trail heads – Christ the King and Lisvarrinane Village. These trails feature 8 walks ranging from half an hour to 4 hours. Each walk takes you through forest tracks with spectacular views over to the Galtee Mountains.

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6. Bray Head, Co. Wicklow

Bray Head walk starts at the south of Bray beach. This walk is a steep climb, however, the view of Bray and the sea from the top at the cross is the best you will find in the whole area. It can be quite windy though, so wear appropriate clothing, even on sunny days. Then just a bit further south of the cross, there is a large area where your dog can run to their hearts content and use up the last of their energy.

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7. Castletown House, Co. Kildare

Located in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Castletown House is set in the most stunning grounds. It’s a perfect spot to take your dog for a walk. There is also a café on the grounds with a great selection of food and drinks. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you and your pooch can have a go at the park run. Visit www.parkrun.ie/castletown for more.

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Photo source:
Title image Credit: Getty Images Copyright: Howard Berman
Phoenix Park: Source: culturetrip
Marley Park: Source: holidaydogtimes
Gleninchaquin Park, KenmareSource: wawt.ie
Fitzgerald Park, Cork City: Source: bringfido.com
Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary:  Source: ballyglasshouse.com
Bray Head, Co. Wicklow: Source: offsheet.ie
Castletown House, Co. Kildare: Source: blog.parkrun.com

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