Malahide Looped Walks – 5 Portmarnock village and Beach

Portmarnock village and beach. Click to view route details: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1SoggwgLUv3xCBHHkMha-oObJE3AC6dIb&usp=sharing

Portmarnock village and Beach is the fifth in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

You may do the “short walk” as mapped above starting in Portmarnock, or the longer version from Malahide village along the coast walk and back (This can be crowded at weekends and busy times). Another option is to bike along the coast from Malahide to the start of the walk in Portmarnock.

Best walked from C-B-A-D. Finish by walking the beach back to D. Your target is the lower beach lifeguard hut (or the concrete base on which it is placed during the season). The path back to the car park is beside it. Alternatively begin at C and walk in either direction.

If travelling by car, our readers have advised us of an ongoing problem of thefts and break ins to cars parked in the car park at location C, as there is no cctv in the area (as of Dec 2020). Their advice is to start at point “A”.

This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs as much of it is along the beach.

Length: 3.6 km (short walk) From Malahide village along coast and back: approx 14Km.
Surface: Mix of paved and beach (sand)
Footwear: Walking shoes / runners that you’re happy to use on a beach

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Malahide Tidy Towns – Seapark Hill / Seamount Road Green Space tidy-up: Sat 28th Nov

View of Lambay island from green space between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road

Calling all volunteers!

Malahide Tidy Towns have organised a tidy up of the green space between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road this coming Saturday (28th Nov 2020). They will be ably assisted by Malahide Lions Club members and Gaisce volunteers.

All additional volunteers are welcome. Social distancing will be observed. Volunteers are asked to wear masks. Malahide Tidy Towns will arrange bags, collection etc.

Volunteers should meet at 10.30 at Malahide Train station, or Seamount Road at 11am. Seapark / Biscayne / Moorings etc. volunteers are meeting at the Seapark Hill entrance.  

About the Seapark Hill – Seamount Road Green Space

This hidden wilderness, located between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road, has wonderful views over Lambay and into Malahide village itself (You can see the spire of the church). It was formerly the back six/nine holes of the old Malahide Golf course. It is due to become a new park for Malahide. The existing right of way (shown in blue in the image below – green space 44) is used daily by over sixty students of Malahide Community School to walk to/from school.

The Malahide Community Forum is supporting the Seapark and Seamount residents associations in getting Fingal County Council to formalise and upgrade the existing right of way (it is currently a mud path through a field).

Ref: https://consult.fingal.ie/en/system/files/materials/2018/Draft_Sheet9.jpg

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Malahide looped walks – Stay Active – Stay Safe – Stay Healthy

Malahide walks – Stay Active – Stay Safe – Stay Healthy

Update June 2021: Please be aware that two of the 9 mapped walks are now closed (4 & 6).

Update Jan 2021: We’re all shell-shocked at the rise in Covid-19 cases. We must all do our best to “stay at home” – but we must also stay active. One tip for making social distancing easier is to ‘Wear wellies and take to the mud’!!! Where possible, leave the paved paths for those who need them most. A number of the looped walks below are very muddy at this time of year. While Malahide Castle (walk 2 below) has lots of paved walks – it’s full of muddy trails where you can splash to your heart’s content – go on, you know you’ll love it.
End of Update Jan 2021:

We all know that staying active is critical to our physical and mental health, especially during this challenging time.

To help residents to stay active, we’re publishing a series of “Malahide Looped Walks”, kindly mapped by local resident Stephen Macdonagh. Remember, as these are looped walks, you can start at any point in Malahide and join the walk at your nearest access point. (We’ve also started a series of Malahide Family Friendly bike rides).

For a longer walk, simply combine walk 2 (a walk in the Castle) with any of the other walks. Please remember to share our paths roads and parks with care.


1. Seamount and Paddy’s Hill – 6km – Paved paths

2. Malahide Castle Perimeter – 4km – Mix of paved and crushed ash path

3. Back Strand, Sea Road and Yellow Walls – 3km – Paved paths 

4. Abington, Streamstown and Castle – 3km – Some mud paths (very muddy in winter)
[Sadly, this walk was closed in June 2021]

5. Portmarnock village and beach – 3.6km / 14km – Mix of beach and paved paths

6. Seapark Hill to Seamount Road – Variation of walk 1: Steep, muddy
[FCC has temporarily closed this walk to facilitate the provision of a new park – it is expected to re-open in September 2021]

7. Malahide Fairy Forts Trail – Not Looped – Approx 4km end to end – paved paths

8. Back Estuary, Seabury and Swords Road – 7.8km – Paved paths (some steps)

9. Malahide Beach – 4km – Mix of paved paths, beach and grassy paths

About Stephen Macdonagh:

When asked to join the committee of St Sylvester’s GAA Healthy Club section in 2018 local retired teacher Stephen MacDonagh decided that the best way to contribute would be to form a local walking group to explore looped walks in the area. A group of about twenty walkers set out once a month, with the aim of encouraging people in the locality to get out and walk on a regular basis. Week after week more walkers tagged along and it wasn’t unusual to hear the comment “I’ve lived here for twenty years and I’ve never been down this way before!”

When Covid 19 struck  earlier this year, social distancing guidelines meant that walking in groups was no longer practical so Stephen decided to map his favourite walks to enable walkers to get exercise locally  and enjoy and explore the wonderful walks we have in our locality.

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Malahide looped walks – 4. Abington, Streamstown and Castle

Abington, Streamstown and Castle – Click to view route details:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=19UPFUEfW2BplysVuZQ57em54dhoHKU3H&usp=sharing
Between C and D on the map there is a lovely woodland path (can be muddy – very!)

Update June 2021:
We’re sorry to say that this walk is now closed, as a code controlled pedestrian gate has been added at the Abington end of the woodland path to Streamstown (between C and D on the map above). This walk proved popular during the pandemic and we hope that the residents of Abington will reconsider their decision and remove the gate to provide access for all walkers.
End of Update.

The fourth in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

Begin at Malahide Castle (Swords Rd. gate). Walk along Swords Road to Castle Heath and turn left. Entering Abington keep straight and follow road to end and through gate. Between C and D on the map there is a woodland path (can be muddy). Cross the road at Auburn (carefully!) and enter Malahide Castle.

For a longer walk, combine this route with a walk in the Castle and some or all of the Seamount and Paddy’s Hill walk . Please remember to share our paths roads and parks with care.

While this walk is wheelchair accessible, the path from Abington to Streamstown (C to D on map) can be very muddy.

Length: 3 km
Surface: Mix of paved and mud path (can be very muddy).
Footwear: Hiking boots / wellies recommended as path C to D can be very muddy.

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Latest Notes

Here are the notes for October 2020.

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

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Malahide looped walks – 3. Back Strand, Sea Rd and Yellow Walls

Back Strand, Sea Rd and Yellow Walls – Click to view route details:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1l1CzWF4WfLkZRLRUZmjBmkNkCKzput43&ll=53.45214178592972%2C-6.160256179083254&z=16
View of Malahide Village from the Back Strand

The third in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

This 3km walk takes you from the village centre (Townyard Lane) along the inner Broadmeadow Estuary, up Sea Road to the junction with Yellow Walls Road. It turns left, along Yellow Walls Road towards the Dublin Road and Malahide Demesne. Follow the Dublin Road back into the village.

For a longer walk, combine this route with a walk in the Castle and some or all of the Seamount and Paddy’s Hill walk . Please remember to share our paths roads and parks with care.

This walk is wheelchair accessible.

Length: 3 km
Surface: Fully paved
Footwear: Walking shoes / runners (no need for hiking boots)

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Malahide looped walks – 2. Malahide Castle Perimeter

Autumn leaves in Malahide Demesne
Click to view route details: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1FxNmIF9CswIFvFu5lllU3q92jPG24K2t&usp=sharing

This is the second in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

Malahide Castle perimeter walk is just over 4k but there are many permutations and combinations in this wonderful facility. This walk takes you through beautiful woods – with great views of the castle.

You can easily combine a walk in the Castle with some or all of the Seamount and Paddy’s Hill walk . Please remember to share our paths roads and parks with care.

This walk is wheelchair accessible.

Length: 4 km
Surface: Mix of paved and crushed ash paths (good drainage after rain)
Footwear: Walking shoes / runners (no need for hiking boots)

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Malahide looped walks – 1. Seamount and Paddy’s Hill

View of Lambay island from Robswall Park
Click to view route details: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1rt390QkmCTvG0r2iK4FUiIZzSmuxnucb&ll=53.445508530164865%2C-6.137887539672833&z=15

We all need to ensure we take exercise during this challenging time. This 6km walk is the first in a series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

The views from Robswall park, of Lambay and Irelands Eye are stunning. They change with the seasons, the light and the weather. This walk is wheelchair accessible, but does have some steep sections. If you bike this route – please remember that all paths in Fingal parks are “share with care” – pedestrians have priority.

Length: 6 km
Surface: Paved paths
Footwear: Walking shoes / runners (no need for hiking boots)

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Latest Notes

Here are the notes for September 2020.

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

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It’s a dog’s life – thanks – but please activate pedestrian lights

Life for dogs in Malahide recently got even better, with the addition of a dog walking track complete with water fonts to a quiet corner of Malahide Demesne.

We welcome and thank Fingal county council for the ongoing improvements to Malahide Demesne. We’re lucky to have wonderful parks, beaches and green spaces in Malahide and across Fingal.

We ask the council to please provide safe access to local amenities, especially for the vulnerable, mobility impaired, pedestrians and children / families on bikes.

We specifically ask the council to turn on the new pedestrian lights at Ashwood Hall on The Back Road, which were installed over 6 months ago, before the pandemic started.
We thanked the council in March for “connecting communities to amenities” – little did we imagine that 6 months later, with traffic back to pre-pandemic levels, that these lights would still not be turned on. The lack of a safe crossing is forcing residents with small children to drive the 350 metres to the park, adding unnecessary traffic and congestion to the area.

The council has informed us that the issue lies with the ESB. Be that as it may, we ask the council, on behalf of the residents of Ashwood Hall, to liase with the relevant bodies to get these lights turned on immediately.

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