I'm visiting Dublin for a few days, don't drive, how easy is it to get to from the city centre? :)
Are you referring to the mountains in Kilkenny, Wicklow or the center of Dublin? We took a tour to the mountains, was will worth the money. You make stops so you can go through the castle and shops in Kilkenny, have lunch, it is a beautiful town and then the trip to the mountains, which are spectacular. During the trip the guide was fantastic and gave us details of history, customs, etc. Things we would have never known just going by ourselves. Your hotel can arrange the tour with the various companies. It's an all day trip but it is just wonderful. The mountains are just grand, you get out of the bus and walk to the upper lake. There is an ancient cemetery that dates back to the 800's with the remnents of the Abby. It's like a fairy tale......go
The mountains are not well-served, fair enough perhaps as the heart is almost unpopulated, but a pity.
The northern part, the Dublin Mountains proper, can be reached at the edge from certain suburbs with a bit of walking. The main walking route, the Wicklow Way, starts from Marlay Park, which can be reached by the 16 bus from Dublin city centre. Stops and routes are moving due to rail works, so check Dublin Bus online. Other options would include jumping off from the Luas line at the eastern edge, for example at the terminus at Cherrywood, and walking up from Firhouse.
The southern 70%, the Wicklow Mountains, can be reached at two points: (a) the charming village of Enniskerry, bus 44 from Dublin city centre, or bus 185 from Bray railway / DART station, and (b) the monastic settlement ruins at Glendalough, with an excellent coach service once each morning and afternoon from Dawson St. (St. Kevin's Bus Service). The valley, a great walking start, has a decent central hotel, and several B&Bs nearby.
Bus 44B goes from Dundrum Luas Station (BIG shopping Mall!) to Glencullen, on the Wicklow Way. Finish the day at the Blue Light pub or Johnnie Fox's for decent food, great pub atmosphere, and music most weekends.
Not very easy without a car - but you could cycle or go by taxi, if none of the bus suggestions made by others prove suitable.
I normally drive there, as I live ~ 30 minutes away.
If cycling or going by Taxi - I suggest beginning in Tibradden Wood, as at this entrance there is also a Zipit activity center which is normally open until about 4pm where you can have a coffee whilst awaiting a taxi and there are places to secure your bicycle.
Please let me know if you need anything further
There are daily bus tours to different areas of the mountains and coastal tours that encompass parts of them. If you
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Hallo, es gibt geführte Touren durch die Berge. Ich hatte mir eine Tour im Touristenbüro nahe des Trinity College ( an der Eckegegenüber) gebucht. Kompetente Führer Begleiten die Tour. Neben den Bergen sieht man dort dann Kevins Kitchen und noch einiges mehr. Das Geld ist die Tour auf jeden Fall wert.
I was driving from Glendalough and didn't know there was a bus that traverses the mountains from Dublin. However, I would hire a car, or perhaps find a tour because there will be many stops you will want to make that doesn't lend itself to scheduled public transportation. Once in the mountains biking would be an excellent way to experience them, but the climb from Dublin would be exhausting no matter how good a shape you are in.
The mountains I visited are a good hour to two hours away from the city center. Bus, rental car or if you can dedicate a full day, I assume bicycle could be fine.
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