A Herring Gull takes a drink from the pond in Tolka Valley Park, Dublin, Ireland

Bird Watching Tolka River

The Tolka Valley Park is a linear park on both sides of the Tolka River in Dublin. It is a popular recreation area in the North of Dublin City. The park runs from Ashtown to Glasnevin. The river continues its journey when it leaves the park by running along the edge of the National Botanic Gardens. The River also flows through Our Lady’s Park beside Drumcondra Road.

There are several walking trails throughout the park as well as one along the river bank. There is also a large pond that attracts gulls, ducks, egrets and herons. There are also extensive woodlands that run along the banks of the river. Tis attracts a large variety of chats and finches.

It is not easy to find parking alongside the park because the roads are very busy. However, there is a large carpark about 10 minutes walk away at a large Tesco Extra store. Parking is limited to 2 hours for customers only. I took the opportunity to but a couple of Snickers chocolate bars. I then walked to the park and returned 2 hours later!

I visited the park in late summer and I intend to return in winter when it may be easier to see more bird varieties.

The Sat-nav co-ordinates for the carpark are as follows: 53.383644, -6.295797.

The entrance to the park is located at these co-ordinates: 53.378665, -6.296627