Glenmalure, Fraughan Rock Glen and Art’s Lough – day hike (Hard)
About Lugnaquilla guided day hike in the Wicklow Hills
We start at the site of the memorial stone to the 1798 rebellion and make our way up a forest road into Fraughan Rock Glen, a lovely secluded valley of rocky outcrops and heather and bilberry clad slopes. Steadily gaining height as we climb Lugnaquilla, we reach the broad northern ridge of the mountain which we use to gain access to the summit plateau, a wide expanse of wind swept short vegetation, before reaching the large summit cairn.
Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain in Co. Wicklow at 931 metres (3054 ft.) and one of the ‘4 summits’. (The highest point in each province of Ireland).
From the summit we head east, down another broad ridge, taking in the superb views as the whole of the Wicklow mountains are laid out before us, before dropping down to Art’s Lough and into the forest. Soon we reach a forest track and the final leg down through the trees and back to our cars. The hike should take around 6½ hours and we should return to Dublin by approx. 18.00.
Transport is available for this hike from Dublin city. Please specify at the checkout that you require transport and we will send you a link to make payment.
|MEETING POINT||Baravore car park, Glenmalure 10.30am|
|RETURN TIME||To Dublin approx. 6.00pm|
|EQUIPMENT||Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.|
How to get to the start:
To get to Glenmalure 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. Turn left in the centre of the village towards Rathdrum, (R775), and after a kilometre turn right for Glenmalure. On reaching the Drumgoff crossroads, turn right and follow the small road up the valley to the car park at the end.
“…If like us you wish to escape tourism and experience the wonderful Irish hills, we 100% recommend Russ and Mountain Trails, couldn’t fault our two trips in any way and certainly superb value for money.” Les and Ruth – reviewed 25th June 2015
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