News 2017

Title:  Proposed Dublin Mountains Visitor Centre
Date:  01/09/2017

South Dublin County Council has submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála seeking permission to develop a Dublin Mountains Visitor Centre at a site combining Massy’s Wood Estate and Montpelier Hill, which incorporates the distinctive Dublin landmark of the Hell Fire Club.

The proposal is a joint initiative by South Dublin County Council, Coillte and the Dublin Mountains Partnership to create a new “gateway” to the Dublin Mountains.

The visitor centre proposal includes an exhibition space and educational facility, as well as a café and shop, a rambler’s lounge and toilets. The proposal also includes enhanced access to the site with increased car parking and public transport, road improvements and the construction of a new footpath to the site.

The proposal aims to provide walks and trails for people of all ages and abilities, incorporating an “iconic” tree-top walkway/bridge from Montpelier Hill into Massy’s Wood. The overall project has an estimated cost of €15 million.

An information booklet and other background information on the project can be obtained here: Dublin Mountains Project information

Full details of the planning application are available on

Mountaineering Ireland is encouraging its clubs and members in the Dublin area to study the information and the plans and to submit their views to  by Monday 18th September for incorporation into Mountaineering Ireland’s response to the proposal.

Members with strong personal opinions are also encouraged to make a submission directly to An Bord Pleanála (application reference: JA0040).