Situated beyond a green belt of North County Dublin the seaside village of Malahide has an abundance of coastal and inland routes for fun walking and serious walking.
Whether you are looking for a family stroll or a more energetic walk all the trails are suitable for either and interlinked at points so they are easy to combine for those looking to expel more energy.
Walk 1. Malahide Castle Demesne Sylvan Trail
Light Blue walking trail on the map below
Malahide Demesne Regional Park covers an area of 109 ha. or 270 acres. The perimeter walk is approx. 4.5km, but the park contains various wooded and grass field paths crisscrossing the entire Demesne. The trails also include unmarked forest paths and trails demarked by cut grass, and wooden exercise points along the way. There is always the chance of spotting wildlife throughout the park, rabbits, birds, squirrels and occasional foxes inhabit the area. The park is shared by families, children, and joggers of all ages and abilities.
Walk 2. Malahide to Portmarnock Coastal Walk
Purple walking trail on the map below
The walk from Malahide to Portmarnock is an approx 4km elevated seaside coastal walk, skirting parkland on one side and the beach, down a small rock face, on the other side. It includes wide paths perfect to accommodate buggies, walkers, joggers and family's. This walk can be added to by joining the Robswall Hike, see below, or by deciding to traverse the beach trail which can be joined at many points along the walk. Once you reach Portmarnock you have the choice to walk the 2.5km stretch of Portmarnock beach that you will see open out in front of you.
Walk 3. Robswall Park Hillside Hike (see image, right)
Green walking trail on the map below
The Robswall Park is a newly opened Park on the East side of the Village, accessible from the Malahide to Portmarnock Coastal Walk. This park of over 90 acres contains numerous trails crisscrossing this hillside park that occupies the area of what was once the original settlement of Malahide, called Mullach Ide, the Hill of Ida in Gaelic, which gave Malahide its name.
The park allows you to enjoy an elevated site, with powerful and commanding views over the Estuary and out towards Lambay Island, as far as Irelands Eye and Howth.
Walk 4. The Broad Meadow Estuary Stroll
Magenta walking trail on the map below
Heading west out of the Village and linking Malahide to Seabury and onto Swords this 7km Estuary walk affords you all the beautiful views of the inner Estuary. Starting out you have the former fishermen cottages on one side and the Estuary on the other, but as you contiune you are surrounded by fields and trees on all sides. The Estuary is a hive of activity with boating and wind sailing as well as an abundance of wildlife including Swans and Ducks, which all add to the beautiful ambience and atmosphere of this walk.
Walk 5. The Malahide to Donabate Viaduct Walk
Red walking trail on the map below
This proposed exciting new walk joining Donabate to Malahide along a trail parallel to the Dublin - Belfast railway viaduct which traverses the stunning Broad meadow Estuary could be constructed in 2012.