Slí na Slainte
On the slopes of Cruagh Mountain, at its highest point (450m) the trail offers panoramic views of Dublin city, Dublin Bay and beyond. Starting at the car park after a very short time the necklace shaped loop walk begins and may be walked in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. (this description is for the clockwise route) The surface is hard core throughout and runners or strong walking shoes are adequate.
The walk begins in woodland, mainly Japanese larch with some beech. Further along there are Norway spruce and Sitka spruce stands on either side of the trail. The vegetation consists of gorse, heathers, and bilberry (frauchan). Bird life is also much in evidence. Leaving the car park the ground rises gently at first and then on a moderate slope for a short while. After some twenty to thirty minutes walking you are well rewarded (weather permitting) as the view to the east opens up with the long peaty prominence of Tibradden mountain immediately along-side. Beyond lies Two Rock Mountain with a cairn on its summit while further off in the same direction is Three Rock Mountain identifiable with some prominent masts. Still looking eastward Dun Laoghaire harbour can be seen beyond. Howth is visible on the far side of Dublin Bay while on the near side the candy -striped twin chimneys of Poolbeg power station stand out. Glendoo mountain is immediately ahead to the south. Here you can also see and hear a stream that feeds the Owendoher river as it makes its way downhill.
After pausing to enjoy the view re-gain the trail as it loops around and upwards for a short time after which the flat plain of Dublin city and beyond comes into view. From here many familiar sites can be distinguished, notably the Phoenix Park (including the Wellington monument and the Papal Cross) , the green dome of the Four Courts, the Spire, Liberty Hall and the "white face" of the Customs House. After that it's a game to pick out other landmarks probably with the aid of binoculars. The trail continues on downhill with this view in front of you. After twenty minutes or so of descent the loop is complete and you are on your way towards the car park from where you can continue to enjoy the view down on the city.
You can download the Slí Na Sláinte brochure here.
|Trail Name:||Slí na Slainte|
|Recreation Site:||Cruagh Wood [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car Park|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Car Park|