Tibradden Wood (Pine Forest)


16 kms approx south of Dublin City on the R116.

Site Description

Tibradden or Teach Bruadain (the house of Bruadain) lies between Cruagh and Kilmashogue mountains and is about 320m above sea level. It is in the midst of beautiful woods of Scots pine, Japanese larch, European larch, Sitka spruce, oak and beech. Examples of old pine woods planted in 1910 can still be seen. Heather, furze, gorse and bilberry grow in abundance and Sika deer, foxes and badgers are to be seen.  There is also a good variety of bird life. The geology of the area is mainly granite and the southern slopes of the site are strewn with granite boulders.

The site is of archaeological interest in that there is a cairn and kist burial site on the south side of the rocks which mark the highest point on Tibradeen. The site is a registered National Monument and a burial urn taken from it is housed in the National Museum in Dublin.

Tibradden is part of the Dublin Mountains Partnership.

Tibradden Wood (Pine Forest) Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Zip Line,

How do I get there?

From the M50: exit at junction 12 and take R113 towards Knocklyon and Ballyboden.

At the 3rd roundabout, turn right onto the R116 signposted Glencullen.

In approximately 4.5km the R116 turns sharp left heading for Glencullen.

Follow the R116 and shortly after this turn the entrance to Tibradden Woods will appear on your left - approximately 200 metres.

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 unitl you reach a right hand junction with a church on one side and  Yellow House pub opposite. Turn right here onto Ballyboden road.  Follow the R116 straight through the roundabout and after about 4 kilometres, you will meet a T-junction. At this point, the R116 turns sharp left heading for Glencullen. Follow the R116 and, very quickly after this turn, the entrance to Tibradden Forest will appear on your left. The car park is currently open at weekends and bank holidays only March to October 10am to 4pm (Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec closed - use Cruagh car park instead), parking at the forest entrance is extremely limited as it is only a layby. 

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Car park opens:November to February - closed
Car park closes:November to February - closed
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Jesper Petersen
Contact email:info@dublinmountains.ie