Wicklow Mountains
Mountain range
Nearest town
560m (1837 ft)
Height gain
14km (8.5 miles)

The Spinc, Glendalough – Derrybawn Ridge

The Spinc and Monastic Settlement – day hike (Moderate)

Starting at the Glendalough visitor centre, this hike climbs onto the Derrybawn ridge for magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, it then follows a broad ridge over Mullacor, before turning onto a boardwalk across the Spinc, a long ridge with steep crags dropping to the lake below. A final descent via the Poulanass waterfall brings us back into the valley.

About The Spinc guided day hike in the Wicklow Hills

This hike starts at the visitor centre in Glendalough, where we quickly climb through forest and onto the open flanks of Derrybawn mountain. We soon gain the summit to enjoy superb views over the surrounding hills.  The route then follows the pleasant ridge to gain the days highpoint, Mullacor, at 665 metres.

We begin our descent by traversing the broad hillside of Lugduff to join the boardwalk above the Spinc, an iconic crag that towers above the upper lake, again the views are superb. A fairly steep descent follows, again on a boardwalk, before we return to the valley. The hike should take around 5 hours, and we will have time to take refreshments before returning to Dublin by approx. 6.00pm

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 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 08.45, – additional €10 per person payable to the driver on the day.

(Limited spaces available, please state you need 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.

Spinc, Derrybawn and Glendalough Testimonials:


“Russell is a gent and very experienced. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone for treks on Irish soil or further afield. I cannot wait to book another day out! :)” – Liam B, Dublin, Ireland – reviewed April 2015


Read more on our blog:

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