Djouce Woods Walk: The Blue Loop

This Blue Loop in the Djouce woods is the prefect Sunday afternoon family walk.It is a easy 4.5 km loop trail in the Djouce woods with some spectacular open views on the Powerscourt valley, the Powerscourt waterfall  and the Deer Park.

Explore the full Djouce Woods Walk  profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure near the Djouce mountain and Powerscourt waterfall.

Hike Distance 4.5 km
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Total Ascent 110 m (approx)
Trail Type loop
Dogs Allowed
Hike Trail Map Dowload Trail Map
Dublin Drive Time 45 mn
Directions Click here for Google Map
Town Nearest Hike Enniskery (5km), Roundwood (10 km)
Beauty Waterfall, Forest, panoramic view, mountain views
Activities Picnicking, hiking trails, Mountain bike, photography
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Parking and Djouce Woods walk  information (blue loop).

Djouce woods is located just 45 mn drive from Dublin city center. You can park your car in either of the two car parks located on the Old Longhill Road, between Enniskerry and Roundwood. I usually park in the first car park on the right after Enniskerry.

From Dublin take the M50 southbound then the M11 toward Wexford. You will merge to the N11. Just after the Kilmacanoge petrol station, take the N11/R755 exit toward Dublin/Roundwood/Glendalough .

Stay on the R755 for approximately 2.5 km then take a  turn right when you see the sign for Powerscourt waterfall (brown sign). Drive 200 m and take  a sharp left (signs for Roundwood/Glendalough).

Drive another 300 m and you will see the car Park on your right. Note the fantastic view of the Sugarloaf on your left.

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Djouce Woods Walk: The Blue Loop

Starting at the car Park, you walk down the hill following the trail.  Carry on walking and you will soon reach  a trail going left  into the forest. Stay on the main trail and carry on straight downwards towards the floor of the valley for another 600 m. Observe the fantastic view of the valley. At the next crossing, take the trail going slightly up on the left. If you look right just after the blue loop  trail post, you can see the Powerscourt Waterfall.

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest  waterfall. The water cascade down 121m (398ft) from the peatlands above down over the granite cliff  into the river Dargle. Absolutely breathtaking.

You are now going through a  pleasant gradual uphill climb, with gorse flowers either side of the trail. You can hear and see the river Dargle flowing down the valley on your right.

After one kilometer or so, take a sharp left into the forest trail.

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Take a sharp left and up into the forest trail

Now you walk up into the forest for a short while. The terrain soon level up and after a bit more than 1 km, you will briefly go out of the forest and the view will open again on the Powerscourts Waterfall, Djouce and Maulin. You soon walk back into the forest and at the next crossing, take the left  and follow the wooden pole with a red loop marker This section of the walk is the same for the red and the blue loop.If you take the trails that goes uphill, you will end up at the second car Park on the Long Hill Road.

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  • Powerscourt Waterfall from Djouce Woods
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  • Gorse flowers either side of the trail
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Following this  trail going on the left, you will soon join up with the starting trail and walk back to the car Park where you started this great family forest walk.

Route map for Djouce Walk – Family Walk (5km) by romuald kieffer on

Tips & Resources for walking Djouce Woods Walk: The Blue Loop
  • TIP: It is really beautiful driving in the Dublin mountains. However, on the weekends, the road has a ton of cycling traffic. So, plan for a slow drive.
  • Visit the village of Roundwood, one on the highest village in Ireland, just 9 km away from the car Park
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