11km (6.8 miles)
400m (1,310 ft)
Height gain
Wicklow Mountains
Mountain range
Nearest town

East Brockagh and Glendalough – guided day hike (Easy)

Hiking grades

Gently winding grassy paths, mountain trails, beautiful views and the Wicklow Way. This easy to moderate Glendalough guided hike takes in the monastic city, the Glendasan river and Upper Lake. 

About East Brockagh and Glendalough day hike

The hike starts at the Glendalough visitor centre and follows forest trails as it gradually ascends before opening out onto the open moorland.

We now take a mountain path as it winds faintly up the hill, steepening as it does so, before reaching the summit of Brockagh East at 471 metres. After taking in the wonderful views we descend via a pleasant grassy path into the forest and follow part of the Wicklow Way back to the Glendalough monastic city.

Our trail now follows the Glendasan river a short distance before heading uphill on a forest track that then descends gradually into the Glendalough valley and the Upper Lake.

We then return to our start point along a wooded trail known as the Green Road.

MEETING POINT Glendalough visitor centre, 10.30am
HIKE TIME Approx. 4 hours
EQUIPMENT Walking 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 not currently available for this hike.
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, flora and fauna 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 first car park on the left, before you reach the hotel.

Brockagh East Testimonials:

“Literaly breath taking. We did 2 walks which added up to a walk of 12km. Especially the walk to the miners village and to the top of the mountain was huge: great views. …” – Carl V, Grimbergen, Belgium – reviewed July 2016


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Glendalough guided hike