10 Most Scenic Running Routes In Dublin To Challenge You In 2022

Running is something some of us plan to resume in 2022.

In fact, it’s something that a lot of Dubs have been getting into lately, especially when there have been blockages and restrictions on what we could do with our time.

What makes a race a pleasant running is where you decide to do it. Since this is a tough workout, some beautiful scenery certainly makes it easier and even enjoyable.

Here are ten of Dublin’s most scenic running routes to challenge you in 2022. All are around 3 miles long, but can be shortened or lengthened depending on your progress.

Bull Island

Bull Island is 5km in length so if that’s what you’re looking for just run from end to end. And of course, if you want to challenge yourself to go the extra 5 km, you can hike the way back for an impressive 10 km. Think about bragging rights.

Royal Canal

Stretching from the city center to Drumcondra, Phibsborough, Ashtown and beyond, the Royal Dublin Canal makes a beautiful scenic trail no matter where you start. But we recommend that you start in Drumcondra and run to Castleknock for a total of 5.5 km.

Binns Bridge over the Royal Canal in Drumcondra

Grand Canal

Similar to the above, the Grand Canal offers plenty of opportunities for both long and short trips depending on where you decide to start and end. Perhaps the most scenic route to walk is from Grand Canal Dock to St James’s for the best views. It is particularly pleasant in the early morning.

Clontarf promenade

The Clontarf DART station to the wooden bridge is just under 3 km away and offers you great views on a sunny day. If you want to stretch it out a bit, you can run across the bridge, past the bathing shelters to the statue at the end for a total of 4.9 km.

Wooden bridge in Clontarf on a cloudy, empty day with nobody on it
Wooden bridge at Clontarf

Sandymount Strand

Starting at Sean Moore Park and running to Blackrock is a nice 5km run, giving you great views over the bay and the peaks of Killiney and South Dublin.

Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park is a mecca for runners, offering a wide range of routes to take, whether short, long, or somewhere in between. You never know, you might even come across deer or even Michael D himself.

The Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park, Dublin
The Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Point Village at Phoenix Park

Running along the Liffey from 3Arena to Phoenix Park provides some great people-watching opportunities, perhaps more than any other route in the city, because you’re right in the middle of it all.

Malahide Park

Start at historic Malahide Castle and cycle through the park’s forest trails and open green spaces for perhaps the most peaceful run you can have. Covering a huge 270 acres there are so many opportunities to change it so if you run here regularly.

Honorable mention has to go to the promenade from Malahide to Portmarnock which on a calm day can be a great run.

A color photo of the exterior of Malahide Castle in Dublin
The exterior of Malahide Castle in Dublin

Marley Park

Marlay Park covers approximately 121 hectares and also offers beautiful trails and trails to explore in the scenic foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Sainte-Anne Park

The Sainte-Anne park in Clontarf has a pretty rose garden and large open green spaces. Starting from the main park gates on Howth Road, circle the perimeter of the park which will take you through scenic forest trails and along the coast.

Sainte-Anne Park Dublin
Sainte-Anne Park Dublin

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