Kodi out and about on her adventures at Trim Castle,Dun na Ri .
Here at Wuffdog we like to practice what we preach. We firmly believe in getting out and about exploring all Ireland has to offer and taking your canine companion along for the adventure. It's also a great opportunity for us to road test our products and ensure they reach our high standards. We've decided to start a blog to tell you about some of the best dog friendly hikes in Ireland and share our adventures with you.
This weekend we decided to head northwards to climb Slieve Gullion in County Armagh, one of the best examples of a volcanic ring dyke and a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Slieve Gullion, meaning "mountain of the steep slope" is the eroded heart of a volcano, active about 60 million years ago. So off we set on Saturday, three intrepid explorers, to climb to the summit of this once volcanic region.
The sleeping volcano
Located just over an hour outside of Dublin Slieve Gullion Forest Park is easily accessible via the M1 and you must go to the forest park in order to start the walk. (GPS co-ordinates below) We arrived at the entrance to the forest park about midday and it was extremely busy. The gates were actually closed but we informed the gentleman at the gate that we were there to climb the mountain. He let us in and told us to go up the forest drive to the higher car park and that we could access the summit from there. This would be a good option if you want to do a shorter walk. However, when we go hiking we like a challenge and upon entering the lower car park we managed to grab a parking spot. We decided to do the longer walk and headed up the forest drive on foot and paws.