Looking forward to Summer Dog Walking!

Summer Time Approaching

Dublin is such a great city with so many wonderful parks and green areas we felt it would be a good idea to try and point out some of the parks and other areas nearest all our clinics which are great to walk your dog.

Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Just down Botanic Road from our hospital on Botanic Avenue is Botanic Park a wonderful oasis in the middle of Glasnevin. Also in Phibsboro the area around Blessington Basin is a nice walk, as is the walk down the Royal Canal, but it is best to take care after dark as crime is not unknown. On route to Santry Albert College is another nice park where pet owners often congregate and many pet owners also walk in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace in Drumcondra.

Santry, Dublin 9
Santry Park and Woods in Santry Demesne offer acres of parkland and are truly magnificient, there is even a community garden for those with green fingers amongst us and it is adjacent to Coolock and Beaumount and one can walk to Ballymun without leaving the park. Whitehall has its own park adjacent to the church on the Swords Road. In Swords the Ward River Valley Park is an enjoyable walk and as one moves towards Donabate Newbridge House is a fun place to spend a day with a petting farm and an excellent childrens playground. In Balbriggan one has Ardgillan House and the beach and the coastal walk from Portrane to Rush is magnificent.

Clontarf, Dublin 3
Situated on the coast the beach at Dollymount is a great place to stretch your two legs and the four of your pet!! But equally you can go to St Anne’s Park at the Raheny end of Clontarf and Fairview Park is another park which is a pleasure to spend time in on a hot summers day. Marino Green is also very popular and there is frequently a friendly group of dog walkers there. Going further afield a walk around the cliffs at Howth, the beach at Portmarnock or there is even Malahide Park, quite simply one is spoilt for choice.

Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Blanchardstown is close to the daddy of all parks the Phoenix Park, the largest open air park in any city in Europe it is so large it is easily accessible from Castleknock, Cabra, Clonsilla, Tyrellstown or Smithfield and Kilmainham. Beechpark in Clonsilla, Hartstown Park & the Millenium Park (near the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre & Coolmine Swimming pool) are also excellent dog walking parks. Equally the canal offers an unrivalled walk and it is possible to walk all the way to Maynooth if your legs can carry you that far (the train can be taken home).

Palmerstown, Dublin 20
Waterstown Park is on Palmerstown hospital’s doorstep and provides a wonderful green area to walk Spot the dog, there are always plenty of other dog walkers about. You can follow the many paths in the park and make your way down to the River Liffey, which is very picturesque. Phoenix Park is of course very close by, with ample green space. Other local parks adjacent to Palmerstown include The Irish National War Memorial park in Kilmainham, a beautiful historical area with plenty of green space to exercise your pooch, and the Markievicz park in Ballyfermot/Chapelizod.

And if that’s not enough…
Well there’s further afield, Donadea Forest Park near Lucan is a treasure. Other parks with specific enclosed dog parks are Marlay park in Rathfarnham, Shanganagh park in Shankill, a huge park that backs on to the sea so Rover can have a swim after his walk! Killiney Hill Park is also an ‘off the lead’ dog park which provides beautiful views from the top out over Dublin Bay and south to the Wicklow mountains. Kildare has many forest trails and walks in Meath, Slane is a great place to spend the day.

But remember:
Be responsible always with your pet, keep him/her under control and at all time clean up the poop!! Also dog owners should consider having their dogs vaccinated against infectious Canine Cough (AKA “Kennel Cough” but “the friendly dog disease” would be a more accurate term as most cases we see have contracted it from social contact with other dogs while out walking).

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