Wicklow Mountains
Mountain range
Nearest town
440m (1444 ft)
Height gain
15km (9.5 miles)

Derrybawn and Glendalough

Derrybawn forest and ridge, and the Wicklow Way – day hike (Moderate)

This is one of our winter series of hikes that we run over the Christmas period, they are generally of a shorter distance and over easier ground, such as tracks and good mountain paths. The hike should take around 4.5 hours.

The hike starts at the visitor centre in Glendalough at 10.00am, where we gradually climb through the forest on good paths before reaching the open flanks of Derrybawn mountain. We soon gain the summit at 482 m, to enjoy superb views over the surrounding hills.  The route then follows the pleasant undulating Derrybawn ridge before descending again to reach a forest track. Rejoining the Wicklow Way we head back into the valley of  Glendalough for a warming drink in the hotel bar.

RETURN TIME To Dublin, approx. 4.30pm
EQUIPMENT Good mountain footwear and a waterproof jacket are required – without these items you will regrettably be excluded from participating; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer e.g. fleece; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in. Walking poles are optional.
Transport is available from Molly Malone statue in Suffolk Street, at 09.00, – additional €10 per person payable to the driver on the day.(Limited places are available, please state you require transport when booking).
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the flora, fauna and history of the Wicklow uplands.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.

How to get to the start: To get to Glendalough from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood . Go through Roundwood, then Annamoe and on to Laragh. Carry on to Glendalough, which is well signposted, and park in the visitor centre car park.


Read more on our blog:

Featured hike – Derrybawn and The Spinc.


OSI Sheet: 56

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