Cruagh Wood


16 kms approx south of Dublin City on the third class road (yellow on OS map) linking the R115 and R116.

Site Description

Situated to the south of Dublin city Cruagh or Coill Na Craobhai is one of a number of three mountain summits (Kilakee, Glendoo) identified as such on OS maps though it differs little in altitude from its immediate surroundings. At its highest point it is some 522m above sea level and offers probably the best views (weather permitting) over Dublin city and surroundings which lies in the flat plain below. The main rock formation is granite.

The earliest mention of Cruagh in historical records is in 1184 when Prince John, son of Henry 11 granted Creevagh or Cruagh with its churches to the See of Dublin, a gift successively confirmed by Edward 111 in 1337 and by Richard 11 during his visit to Dublin in 1395.

This area of south Dublin on the borderland of the Pale was known as the "the Harold's country" from the powerful family of that name that dominated the area and left their name on localities such as Harold's Grange and Harold's Cross.

While there are no waymarked trails in Cruagh Wood, the loop of forest road does provide a very pleasant walk with some outstanding views of Dublin City and the surrounding mountains. You can also access Tibradden (Pine) Forest from Cruagh Wood and eventually The Wicklow Way.

In partnership with Mountain Meitheal, a new mountain access route is under construction, leading to National Park land from Cruagh Forest.  Cruagh Wood is part of the Dublin Mountains Partnership.


Cruagh Wood Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From the city centre, take the N81 south,  direction Blessington. At Terenure continue straight on in the direction of Rathfarnham. The village is bypassed but continue on straight until you reach a right hand junction with a church on one side and  Yellow House pub opposite. Turn right here onto Ballyboden road.  After 2kms or so the road forks with the R116 straight ahead and the R115 to the right. You may reach Cruagh by either route. After approx 4 kms either way you reach the third class road on which Cruagh Wood car park is situated. The R116 is recommended particularly for the fine view of the city below from the viewing point at its junction with the third class road leading to Cruagh Wood.

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No of car spaces:35
Car park opens:Apr. to Sept. 07:00 - Oct. to Mar. 08:00
Car park closes:Apr. to Sept. 21:00 - Oct. to Mar. 17:00
Parking fee price:None
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Jesper Petersen