Ticknock is located in the Dublin Mountains, only a half hour 44B bus or car journey’s time from the centre of Dublin; 3 km southwest of Sandyford.
Ticknock offers up to 10 kilometres of mountain and forest walks with some spectacular views of Dublin City, Dublin Bay, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains. The forest has an extensive network of forest trails with pleasant walks through the plantations of Sitka spruce, Japanese larch, Scots pine, Monterey pine and lodgepole pine.
The walking paths in this area are of moderate difficulty. The main forest roads are easily accessible for children and people with a lower level of fitness. Ticknock is a possible starting point for the Wicklow Way, many parts of which are strenuous for walking. When taking this yellow waymarked trail and venturing into the hills, visitors are advised to be equipped with waterproof clothing, strong shoes, a drink and a map or compass. Walking trails in this forest include Fairy Castle Loop, Dublin Mountains Way and Wicklow Way.
The Fairy Castle loop is a lovely looped walk taking in the wonderful views over Dublin from Three Rock Mountain and Fairy Castle.
The Blue Light
A fantastic pub along the trail is ‘The Blue Light’. Built amongst the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, The Blue Light pub has been a beacon for music and craic for 300 years. Drink in the best view of Dublin City, where music and banter flow as smoothly as the creamy pints of stout settling on the bar. The Blue Light has live music seven nights a week, good food, and a superb range of craft beers and Irish whiskey.
A long one of the routes in Ticknock is Johnnie Fox’s. The setting of Johnnie Fox’s is just like you have been invited to a 19th-century rural Irish home, with food and service to 21st-century standards.
Whether you are looking to enjoy a wholesome pint of the ‘black stuff’, to get a glimpse of ‘old Ireland’, to enjoy a tasty meal, to enjoy the unique Irish atmosphere, or to witness a spectacular cultural show, listen to some traditional Irish music, Johnnie Fox’s most definitely has something for you.
Johnnie Fox’s endeavor to provide the freshest of ingredients, the friendliest of service and the very best of live traditional Irish entertainment in the most unique and authentic setting.