11km (6.8 miles)
480m (1575 ft)
Height gain
Wicklow Mountains
Mountain range
Nearest town

Paddock Hill & Scarr Mountain

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Laragh, Paddock Hill and Scarr – day hike (Moderate)

This hike is part of our winter series, run over Christmas week to get you out and about! They are routed over easier ground and cover a shorter distance than our usual hikes. This hike should take us around 4.5 hours to finish.

About Paddock Hill & Scarr Mountain guided day hike

The hike starts at the carpark next to St. Kevin’s church in Laragh village, and we quickly head into the woods where we pick up the Wicklow Way to cross the river and make our way steadily onto Paddock Hill.

Following a good track we leave the Wicklow Way after a time and head up to the east side of Scarr. A steep(ish) ascent sees us onto the summit ridge and a final pull up to the summit of Scarr at 644 metres, (2,113ft).

From this wonderful position we can get excellent views of much of the Wicklow range. From here we descend gradually on a good path via a broad whaleback ridge to Paddock Hill and our return track to Laragh. The hike should take around 4.5 hours.

MEETING POINT St. Kevin’s church car park, Laragh village 10.30am
RETURN TIME To Dublin approx. 4.30pm
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – 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 09.30, – 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 history, flora and fauna of the Wicklow uplands.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.

How to get to the start: To get to Laragh from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood. In Roundwood, follow the road through the village signed to Glendalough.

On entering Laragh go part the junction at the bridge and turn right just after the Wicklow Heather restaurant, signed to St Kevin’s church. The car park is 200 metres up the lane.


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