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

The Spinc, Glendalough, Derrybawn Ridge – guided day hike

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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.

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 not currently available from Dublin.
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


Further reading on our blog:

Featured hike – Derrybawn and The Spinc.


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Below you’ll find dates for this hike for the next 4 months, for more events and further dates for this event view the full calendar.


may 2022

No hikes or courses

june 2022

03junAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

15junAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

july 2022

02julAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

08julAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

20julAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

31julAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

august 2022

05augAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

17augAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

27augAll DayDerrybawn Ridge and Spinc day hike (moderate)

Derrybawn and Spinc guided hike