Welcome to Roundwood Vartry Reservoir. There are a number of beautiful trails around the reservoir with thriving wildlife, flora, fauna and mountain views. Combined, there are nearly 20km of trails for all to enjoy!
Between 1862 and 1868, Lower Vartry Reservoir was formed by constructing a dam across the valley of the river Vartry. To provide additional storage, a second dam was completed in 1923 forming the Upper Reservoir. Both dams are earthen embankments with waterproof cores and have stone facings on the upstream slopes to prevent wave erosion.
This trail follows the short steep-sided cutting linking the Upper and Lower Vartry Reservoirs through stands of one hundred year old Scots Pine trees. Great Crested Grebes breed here on floating nests and are regularly sighted from this walk.
- Grade: Easy
- Markings: Pink Arrows – Loop Trail
- Distance: 3.3km
- Estimated Time: 45mins
- Total Height Climbed: 20m
- Suitable for: Families with children
How to get to Start Point: Knockraheen Entrance
- GPS START POINT: 53.0718,-6.2049
- GRID REF: O 203 038
Nearest Town: Roundwood
- Bus: St Kevins Bus – www.glendaloughbus.com/ +353 (0)1 281 8119