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Ticknock - Fairy Castle Loop
Sandyford, Co. Dublin
Free to visit
Explore one of Dublin’s most popular hiking spots in leafy Ticknock Wood on this 5.5km loop. At 270m above sea level, it treats walkers to exceptional views of the capital, County Wicklow and more.

Ticknock Wood boasts up to 10km of mountain and forest walks with some spectacular views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains.

Taking about 1.75 hours to complete, the Ticknock Fairy Castle Loop is moderate in grade and climbs 210m overall.

The trail traverses forest road and path over 5.5km through Three Rock Wood and boasts superb Dublin views from Three Rock Mountain (444m above sea level) and Two Rock Mountain - also known as Fairy Castle (536m above sea level). The loop then overlaps a little with the Dublin Mountains Way and the Wicklow Way before returning to its start point.

Nearby Sandyford is a great place to stop off after your loop for a welcome cup of tea or a bite to eat.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Ticknock Forest
Dogs allowed:
    Time:1.75 hours
    Nearest town start:Sandyford
    Nearest town finish:Sandyford
    Start point:Ticknock forest entrance car park
    Finish point:Ticknock forest entrance car park
    Facilities:Car park
Why we like it

• Bring a picnic! There are plenty of picnic sites to stop off at in Ticknock Wood.

• The cairn at Fairy Castle, the summit of Two Rock Mountain, offers fantastic views over Dublin and its surrounds.

• As well as a stone cairn, Fairy Castle is also marked by the remains of an ancient passage tomb. Archaeologists believe that the tomb has never been opened and that its interior contains a small burial chamber.

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7Q33+93, Tiknock, Dublin, Ireland
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