Whack-fol-lol-de-ra! You'll be singing this and all the other lyrics to the folk song "Rocky Road to Dublin" as soon as you set foot in Ireland's largest city. While Dublin is rather manageable in comparison to other European capitals, it's still easy to be awed by the city's aura and history. That history surrounds you as you wander among the ancient structures of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. It captivates you as you wander the Writer's Museum and peruse the classic texts of James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde. It takes over your taste buds as you sample that first Irish Guinness. And, as you pass a windy rainy night singing traditional ballads in a cozy pub with your new best Irish friends, Dublin's history and heritage will secure a place in your heart.

Whether you are a business traveler, visiting student, or tourist in town for pleasure, there is plenty of great running to be had here. In addition to two satisfying downtown routes that feature many of Dublin's main sights, expansive Phoenix Park provides the perfect running environment to kick-start your active travels.

In Dublin, the Liffey River divides the north side of the city from the south. The north side is easily recognizable by the Spire of Dublin, a 121-meter tall shining structure that soars into the sky. A lot of the city's main shopping is located along the pedestrian avenues that stretch east and west from this point. The south side of the river features Trinity College, Grafton Street (another shopping street), the Medieval Temple Bar neighborhood (Dublin's cultural quarter, known for its restaurants and nightlife), St. Stephen's Green, and many of the city's other gardens. 

Watch Out For: 
  • Traffic: Perhaps because Dublin is a small city, there seems to be a lot of automobile traffic on the road and pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk. This can get annoying when you come to crosswalks and are trying to keep up your pace.
  • Stoplights: Like everywhere in the world they go from green to red, but Dublin's yellow lights are abnormally long. 
  • Street Life on the Liffey: Our BTG researchers were warned to watch out for drug addicts when running along the Liffey. During the day though, they encountered no problems. 
  • Boyles Sports: You'll see these establishments all around Dublin. They are casinos, not fitness centers. 

Did you know?
"Dublin" is the English spelling of the Irish words "Dubh Linn", which mean "black pool." The Irish name of the city is Baile Átha Cliath.