Walks and Trails
Lucan Spa Hotel is ideally located near some of the best areas for scenic walks and hikes in Ireland. Here we have listed some of our favourites and given a brief description for you to enjoy during your Dublin stay at Lucan Spa Hotel.
1. St Catherine’s Park
Here at Lucan Spa Hotel, we are blessed to be located right beside the beautiful St. Catherine’s Park. Awarded the Best Public Park of 2019, the park features over 200 acres of woodland and grass land for you to explore. The park contains a pedestrian bridge over the river which facilitates pedestrian access between Leixlip and Lucan. St Catherine’s provides a very tranquil setting for walking through a combination of historical association, scenic views and woodland and river. St Catherine's Park also features the Liffey Walk (also known as Slí Na Slainte Walk), a 2.2km walk from Lucan to Leixlip suitable for bikes and wheelchairs also.
2. The Valley of the River Liffey
In addition to St. Catherine’s Park, the Valley of the River Liffey is a hidden secret walk on the outskirts of Lucan leading from the park itself. This walk takes you through Lucan Demesne, through to St. Catherine’s Park itself and out along to the river Liffey and views over the weir. From here, you can cross over the unique Lucan Bridge, the widest single-span stone arch bridge in the country and wander throughout the village of Lucan and finally making your way back to Lucan Spa Hotel, completing the circular route.
3. Castletown Parklands and Walks
Castletown House and Parklands are located 5 minutes’ drive from Lucan Spa Hotel. Set on 120 acres of land, the parklands feature trails and a lake in a tranquil setting. There is no admission fee to walk and explore the parklands. You can also take a tour of Castletown House, which is well worth exploring during opening days.
4. The Grand Canal Way
At the Grand Canal Way, you can enjoy an 8.5-kilometer-long walkway between the 3rd Lock at Inchicore in Dublin and the 12th Lock at Lucan. This walkway was officially opened in 2010 and is accessible via the 12th Lock beside Lucan Sarsfield’s GAA club. This is a perfect leisure walkway suitable for cycling also, however cyclists should note that bikes will need to be lifted through the number of “kissing gates” along the route.
5. Primrose Lane
Primrose Hill House in Lucan is a regency villa built in the middle 19th century. Notable guests over the years include Dr. Irwin and Eamon de Valera, who were frequent visitors to the house. The house and grounds were once part of the Lucan House Demesne and now feature a botanical garden. There is also a spring garden, available to see in February, June and July. Facilities include toilets, guided tours, plants for sale.