5 bracing Autumnal walks in Dublin with a cosy pub for afters

By Sarah McKenna

September 28, 2023 at 5:26pm


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There are few better ways to spend an afternoon in the capital

Nothing quite beats a long walk on an autumn's day, chasing the last of the evening light, the cool Autumn breeze and the feel of autumn leaves crunching beneath your walking shoes.

Indeed, it's an ideal time to immerse yourself in nature on a long walk, and Dublin not only boasts some picturesque trails, but also some cosy pubs to warm up in afterwards.

So grab your best hiking shoes, pop on an extra layer and embark on some of our favourite walks in the capital. Once you've taken in that fresh autumn air, take a load off in one of Dublin's cosiest pubs:

Ticknock and The Step Inn


Dublin Mountains

Ticknock is one of Dublin's most popular trails, and we can understand why. This trail takes less than two hours to complete, but throughout it, you'll be treated to stunning forest scenery and unparalleled views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains. As well as these incredible views, what makes this walk so unique is the Fairy Castle at the summit – which can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.

After your walk, pop by the excellent gastropub The Step Inn in the nearby Stepaside Village. There's free parking, plus a great outdoor terrace to catch the last of that evening light. They've some great grub, plus on Sundays, you can tuck into a full Sunday roast while enjoying some live music.

Marlay Park and Eden House Rathfarnham

Grange Road Rathfarnham


Nestled in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains is Marlay Park, a 300-acre historic demesne, which also marks the starting point of the Wicklow Way. Ramble through this Rathfarnham park and you'll come across flowing streams, sprawling meadows, woodland trails, and, for younger visitors, a playground. Marlay Park also plays host to markets every Saturday and Sunday, so swing by and grab a treat before exploring the park.

After your walk, pop by Eden House Rathfarnham and warm up with a hearty lunch, and, if you're feeling it catch a match on one of the big screens.

Dalkey Hill and Finnegan's of Dalkey

South of Dalkey village

Looking for a short Dublin hike that's packed full of stunning scenery and sweeping views? Look no further than Dalkey Hill. The 2.9km loop walk at Dalkey Hill takes less than an hour to complete and it offers views of Dublin City, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains. On a clear day, you can even see the coast of Wales across the Irish Sea. Marvel at the climbers at the Dalkey Quarry and when you reach the hill's summit, check out the pyramid. Legend has it that if you circle each level of the pyramid and make a wish at the top, your wish will come true.


If your wish is to warm up in a cosy pub, then it is easily fulfilled. Head into Dalkey village afterwards and spend some time in Finnegan's, a beloved local spot. With outdoor seating, when the weather plays ball, this gem of a gastropub serves up some hearty meals that will satisfy any appetite.

St Anne's Park and Grainger's Pebble Beach, Clontarf

Clontarf East, Raheny

The North Dublin suburb of Clontarf isn't just a great spot to breathe in the sea air, it's also ideal for an autumn walk. Head to St Anne's Park, the former home of the Guinness family and ramble through the extensive woodlands and the exquisite rose gardens, which are internationally renowned. In addition to a peaceful walk through the park, visitors can also check out Olive's Room at the Red Stables and the farmer's market, which operates every Saturday.

Once you've had your fill of the park, visit Grainger's Pebble Beach, which overlooks the sea. Soak up the sea views before cosying up inside with some warm food and a pint of plain.


Black Linn Loop Howth and The Harbour Bar

Howth village

Howth is a walker's paradise, and the Black Linn Loop offers hikers the very best of this peninsula. On this 15km loop trail, you'll start off by walking along Howth's picturesque harbour before reaching the iconic cliff walk. Follow the Black Linn Loop, and you'll get the opportunity to take in views of Lambay Island and Ireland's Eye, as well as the fragrant yellow gorse along the trail.

Afterwards, cosy up in Howth institution, The Harbour Bar, which has some great local beer on draft, boasts a real fire and live music – an ideal way to cap off an autumn adventure.

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