Brockagh Mountain, St. Kevin’s Way and Glendalough – day walk (moderate)
This moderately graded Brockaghs guided hike follows the Wicklow Way through lovely woodland before ascending the grassy slopes of Brockagh mountain, with lovely all round views. After descending into the Glendasan valley the route then follows St. Kevin’s Way into Glendalough and the ancient monastic settlement with its’ round tower and small early cathedral.
About The Brockaghs guided day hike in the Wicklow Hills
The hike starts at the Glendalough visitor centre and follows part of the Wicklow way through pretty woods, gradually climbing and eventually opening out to give good views of the valleys below. Our path now heads uphill as we ascend first Brockagh East and then Brockagh, (556 metres), a broad hill of heather and granite boulders, from here we get wonderful views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
There is a good chance we will see some of the local hybrid Sika deer as we descend across open hillside to reach the old mine workings at North Hero before reaching the valley floor and the old pilgrim route of St. Kevin’s Way. We follow the path past more old workings and along the Glendasan river until we reach the ancient monastic settlement at Glendalough.
||Glendalough visitor centre, 10.30am
||Approx. 5 hours
||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 not currently available from Dublin.
|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.
The Brockaghs Testimonials:
“Fantastic – must do if you’re in the area!”
“…Russ was very accommodating to my schedule, as I was arriving in Dublin only an hour before the original meeting time. He has exceptional knowledge of the landscape and was very pleasant to spend time walking with. The views were fantastic and I have great pictures to bring home as souvenirs. Not to mention, though it did rain while we were hiking, Russ was thoroughly prepared – he had extra waterproof clothes for me to borrow and took care to ensure I was always comfortable despite weather conditions.
Highly recommended for everyone around Dublin – will definitely sign up again when I’m in the area. Visited November 2015.” – dyCanada2, Hong Kong, China