Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin is a wonderful city to visit, with its historic sites, literary bent, and wonderful pubs and restaurants. It’s also a great city for runners. Since Dublin is so compact, many of the iconic runs are easily accessible from the center city. Highlights include Phoenix Park, and some nice runs along the River Liffey and the canal towpaths. There is also some wonderful seaside running just north of Dublin, toward Clontarf and Howth, around Howth, and in Malahide. South of Dublin, within 1/2 hour by train or car, are lovely waterside runs in Dún Laoghaire and a fabulous path from Bray to Greystones.
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Phoenix Park

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]At 1,750 acres, Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled parks in Europe. The signature green space to run in Dublin, a wonderful mix of fields, tree-lined paths, and interesting sites.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-phoenix-park%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1909″][vc_column_text]

St. Stephen’s Green and Dublin Tour

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The largest park in central Dublin and one of three Georgian garden squares designed by William Shepard.Beautifully designed, with a lovely wide perimeter path perfect for runners, and ten statues.

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River Liffey

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This route runs from Dublin’s Docklands to Phoenix Park. Landmarks include Famine Memorial, Ha’penny Bridge, Parliament, Temple Bar, National Museum, and the Court of Justice.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-river-liffey%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2661″][vc_column_text]

Royal Canal Towpath

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A 144 km waymarked long-distance trail that follows the towpath of the canal from Ashtown, Dublin to Cloondara, County Longford. Run some sections and return to your starting point by public transport.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-royal-canal-towpath%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1917″][vc_column_text]

Grand Canal Towpath

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Grand Canal path runs for 80 miles from the Grand Canal Basin to Shannon Harbor. You can run anywhere along the canal.

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Sutton, Howth, & Howth Head

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A peninsula northeast of Dublin that makes a wonderful destination for runners. With cliffs, summits, and interesting sites, there are great trails and roads. Hilly!

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Dunleary (Dún Laoghaire)

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A wonderful seaside running opportunity not far from Dublin. There are water views the whole way, and a seaside walkway/dedicated path for some of it. Can be windy.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-dunleary%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1987″][vc_column_text]

Malahide-Pontmarnock

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A great opportunity to do a long seaside run. Run along the lovely long beach or continue on the coast road into Pontmarnock with good views of the water.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-malahide-pontmarnock%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1990″][vc_column_text]

Bray-Greystones

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Aspectacular coastal run/walk near Dublin. It’s a modestly hilly 5.1 miles one-way from Bray to Greystones, nearly all of it right along the water or just above.

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Glendalough

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Gorgeous glacial valley with buildings dating back to the 10th century. Many wonderful road and trail running opportunities, including a fantastic ~10K loop. 50k south of Dublin.

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Phoenix Park

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The main waterfront trail route along Puget Sound running from Century Link Field in the south to Smith Cove in Magnolia to the north.There are various running options here.

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St. Stephen’s Green and Dublin Tour

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About 6 miles from downtown, Green Lake is one of the most popular destinations for running in the Seattle area. This beloved park  has a 2.8 mile inner loop, which is much more crowded than the 3.1 mile outer loop.

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River Liffey

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The city of Seattle is divided by this heart shaped lake and has stunning views of the skyline, the Olympic Mountains & Mt. Rainer. 2–3 miles from downtown, and close to the Capitol Hill area.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-river-liffey%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image][vc_column_text]

Royal Canal Towpath

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A flat 27-mile long urban pedestrian and bicycling trail that connects many parts of Northern Seattle.The views are spectacular, as most of it hugs the shoreline as it courses through many neighborhoods.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Full Route Info” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.responsivewebsitedesignvermont.com%2F~greatruns%2Fdublin-royal-canal-towpath%2F||”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1917″][vc_column_text]

Grand Canal Towpath

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The main waterfront trail route along Puget Sound running from Century Link Field in the south to Smith Cove in Magnolia to the north.There are various running options here.

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Dublin to Sutton, Howth, and Howth Head

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About 6 miles from downtown, Green Lake is one of the most popular destinations for running in the Seattle area. This beloved park  has a 2.8 mile inner loop, which is much more crowded than the 3.1 mile outer loop.

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Dublin does not have a subway, but it has a fairly extensive bus and tram system, and some rail lines toward the suburbs. The DART is a nice train along Dublin Bay, heading both north and south, providing easy access to some great running spots. As for weather…it’s not Ireland’s main attraction. It is often overcast and cool, with lots of rain and frequent storms in the winter. Bring your wet and windy weather running gear. Summers are cool to mild and changeable, with long days due to its northern latitude.

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STAY

As Dublin is a heavily visited city, there are many hotels that are centrally located. There’s a large cluster of hotels and inns, at various price points, right around the city center, on both the north and south sides of the river, with Temple Bar as a point of reference. If you stay in one of these hotels, you’ll be close enough to the river and some of the main roads for running, as well as ~2 miles from Phoenix Park. Other options are to stay closer to Phoenix Park, which offers the best of both worlds: good running location and near popular spots. Further east toward the Docklands provides easier access for running toward Clontarf, St. Anne’s Park, and Howth.

There’s not much running of note near the airport (10 miles from city center), but if you have a car, it’s only 10km to Malahide and 16km to Howth.

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Stores and Community

Ireland has a vibrant running scene. Within Dublin, there are several running specialty stores. See out overview map.

Central Dublin:

RunLogic. Temple Bar. GR daily at 7am.

RunHub.

Nessi Sportswear.

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Events

Great Calendar: RuninIreland.

Dublin Marathon. October. One of the world’s more notable marathons.

Great Ireland Run. April. Weekend full of running events, including signature 10K that attracts runners from all over the world. In Phoenix Park.

Roheny 5-miler. Dublin’s premier 5k race.

Flora Womens Mini Marathon. June. The biggest running event for women in the world, with over 40,000 women joining in each year. 10k,women only.

Dublin Half Marathon. September.

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