Take a walk to the Hellfire Club


If you are looking for a nice short walk, a good view of Dublin city and a place with a spooky history, the Hellfire Club is for you! It’s located on Montpelier Hill which is about a 30 minute drive from the city.
There are many myths and stories linked to the Hellfire Club. One of the best known of these tells of a stranger who arrived at the club on a stormy night. Invited in, he joined the members in a card game. One player dropped his card on the floor and when he bent under the table to retrieve it noticed that the stranger had a cloven hoof. At this point the visitor disappeared in a ball of flame.

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To start off park the car here. The website wicklowwalks.com have a good page on a number of walks in Dublin and Wicklow and include this. The google map link below is taken from the website but I would recommend you visit their site for more details (and other walk ideas!)

The Hell Fire Club was built around 1725 as a hunting lodge by William Conolly, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. It was named Mount Pelier by Conolly but over the years has also been known as “The Haunted House”,”The Shooting Lodge”,”The Kennel”and “Conolly’s Folly”. It was one of several exclusive establishments using the name Hellfire Club that existed in Britain and Ireland in the 18th century. For more information, check out this Wikipedia page.

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