For a great way to discover Dublin during your time at The CCD, and to help you incorporate some physical activity, we have developed running and walking routes as well as some tips for running and walking safely in a new city.
This 10km route brings you along the north side of the River Liffey before heading across the Tom Clarke Bridge. From there you meander the streets of Irishtown before reaching Sandymount Strand, one of Dublin’s busiest walking and running beaches. Following the promenade as far as it goes, you then reach Merrion Gates, where the DART line crosses the road network. Please be extra careful, follow directions and never cross the train line when the gates are closed. After crossing Merrion Gates you continue along leafy Merrion Road before reaching Ballsbridge, one of Dublin’s prestigious suburbs and home to many embassies from around the world. From here you will take a turn off and follow the River Dodder coming back out at Ringsend, where you’ll continue along the river before reaching Grand Canal and joining the south side of the River Liffey once again towards The CCD.
This 10km route takes you out towards Clontarf, a suburb north of Dublin city located on the sea front. You will start on the north side of the River Liffey heading east towards Dublin Port and in to East Wall, before turning on to Alfie Byrne Road when the sea will start to come into view. From there you’re following the designated walking / running path until you have reached 5km, then returning the same route back to The CCD.
This 5km route brings you south-east from The CCD, crossing the Tom Clarke Bridge in to Irishtown and Ringsend, taking in Grand Canal Quay, crossing back over the Samuel Beckett Bridge to The CCD.
This 3km route takes in much of Dublin city on the river, walking west passing 7 bridges – Sean O’Casey Bridge, Talbot Memorial Bridge, Loopline Bridge, Butt Bridge, the newly built Rosie Hackett Bridge, O’Connell Bridge and the famous Ha’penny Bridge. Crossing back over the Liffey on the Ha’penny Bridge, you are taking in the city from the south quays, heading east back towards the Samuel Beckett Bridge where you cross back over to Spencer Dock and The CCD.
This 3K route starts by crossing the Samuel Beckett Bridge and travelling along the canal basin towards Ringsend, crossing three pedestrian bridges, continuing on to Irishtown village before returning via the Tom Clarke Bridge and back up the north quays to The CCD.
DiscoverIreland.ie offers some great walks to consider if you want to get out of the city centre and explore more of Dublin and its surroundings. These are our top three:
1. The Dublin mountains offer something for every level of fitness – from easy strolls to challenging hikes. The Dublin Mountains Way is one of the most scenic walks in the world where you can enjoy outstanding views of the city and lush green countryside.
2. Explore some of Dublin’s most spectacular coastline along the 6km Howth Head clifftop walk. The trail starts from the pretty harbour village of Howth, renowned for it’s fresh seafood restaurants. From there the route climbs up the cliff where idyllic island views can be enjoyed, leads around the Nose of Howth and back down to the village again.
3. The picturesque 6km Bray to Greystones walk showcases some incredible vistas and expanses of the Irish Sea. Starting at the seaside town of Bray, the route takes walkers around Bray head before following the cliff paths down to Greystones Harbour.