The Best Running Routes in Dublin

E0FHK8 Europe; Dublin; St Stephens Green; Park; Lake; Garden; People; Sun; Walk; Relax; Trees; Victorian
E0FHK8 Europe; Dublin; St Stephen's Green; Park; Lake; Garden; People; Sun; Walk; Relax; Trees; Victorian | © Sandro Luini / Alamy Stock Photo

Dublin is a culture-loving, vibrant capital, but in amongst the pubs and cobbled streets you’ll also find plenty of fine places to stretch your legs. The Irish capital is home to runners galore, hardy folk who hammer out their miles both right in the heart of the city and in its rugged, emerald-green surrounds. There are hundreds of possible routes to pick from, but to get you started, here are eight of our favourite spots to power through on foot.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Phoenix Park

Sometimes the most obvious solutions are the best ones. Phoenix Park – one of Europe’s largest city centre open spaces – is very much Dublin’s lungs, and hosts dozens of its own races annually, including part of the popular Dublin Marathon. It’s through route is three kilometres one way, with countless offshoots, so you’ll have plenty to explore. That could include listening to the elephants and monkeys as you trot past the zoo, or tracking down the abundant deer that roam freely through the park, still resident but no longer as a hunting attraction for the city’s elite. If you’re feeling daring, locals have comically tagged an incline to the west of the park as ‘Khyber Pass’ after the dodgy road linking Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s not that steep, but it is a great spot for reps.

The Grand Canal

Two canals loop around Dublin city centre, arching north and south of the Liffey River. The more suitable route for letting fly is along the Grand Canal, to the south. It’s a popular spot that takes you from the ‘Silicon Docks’ – home to Google and Facebook’s European headquarters – alongside the swans, kayakers, locks, and cyclists. If you’ve got the puff, a long run here will take you right out of the capital to shady pastures and leisurely longboats.

Sandymount Strand

Dublin’s most central beachfront includes plenty of pavement to explore, all overlooking Dublin Bay, and being at close to sea level is about as flat a workout as you could hope for. When the tide’s out, there’s plenty of sand to trudge your way through, though on one of those rare days summer really takes off in Dublin, prepare to be dodging crowds and ice cream trucks down the entire length.

The Great South Wall

Many Dubliners see The Poolbeg Chimneys – twin towering red and white striped industrial funnels at the mouth of the Liffey River – as an iconic symbol of home. Just beyond them, a two kilometre granite seawall stretches into the Irish Sea, like a road to nowhere past dangerous looking swimming spots and huge docking ferries, and finishing with the shelter of a bright red lighthouse. It’s a unique running spot and the beaches nearby offer a nice extension to the route. But it’s best attempted in relatively calm conditions, as the salty spray of the lower-level parts can overwhelm.

North Bull Island

A nature reserve off Dollymount Strand in North Dublin, North Bull Island contains a golf course, but is otherwise an oddly isolated corner to find straight off the coast of the capital’s suburbs. It’s best known as a kind of kitesurfing haven, but trot across one of the two bridges that lead you out to this quiet, sandy corner and you’ll find its perfect for a workout on foot, too.



West of the south Dubliner commuter belt and edging into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Carrickgollogan is the name of a small hill, but its surrounds – turned into a rugged parkland and home to an abandoned leadmine that looks like a tower belonging to rapunzel’s underprivileged cousin – that offer your main draw. You’ll be pounding footpaths amid thick pine forests and summiting hills on muddy paths, with occasional gorgeous skylines your only reminder of the city below.

Marlay Park

Home to the largest of Dublin’s Parkrun events every Saturday morning, Marlay Park is a great place to head if you feel like running a 5k with a few locals. Other days of the week it’s almost as crowded with amateur athletes, exploring a simple but charming suburban parkland with some lovely hidden corners, including a decorative fairy tree, waterfall and the end point of the famous Wicklow Way.

The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

Okay, technically this last one is just outside the county boundary of Dublin (and a short DART journey from the city centre), but it’s just too good to leave out. A rustic, cliff-edge pathway of about six kilometres, overhanging the ocean between the faded seaside glamour of Bray and its posher southern cousin Greystones, on the right day the Bray to Greystones Cliff Path is absolutely idyllic. It occasionally treats lucky visitors to views of frolicking dolphins as well as seals, sailboats and the rugged slopes of North Wicklow. If you’re feeling brave, a trip up Bray Head (240 metres, and topped with a huge cross) will really get the heart pumping.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.