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

Scarr Mountain – guided day hike (moderate)

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Following part of the Wicklow Way along a narrow lane, the route soon begins the ascent of the handsomely shaped Scarr mountain. After following the one kilometre summit ridge, it follows a rough mountain path to the subsidiary top of Kanturk. As we descend back into the valley there are great views of Knocknacloghoge and Lough Dan, where scenes from the TV series, ‘The Vikings’ were shot.

About Scarr Mountain guided day hike in the Wicklow Hills

The hike starts near the National Scout Centre at the southern end of Lough Dan. We begin by following a minor road which soon becomes a track, gradually ascending, we turn onto a woodland path that leads us to a traverse of the hill above Lough Dan, giving superb views of this unusually curved glacial lake. We then head uphill, steep at first, but then easing to a pleasant broad ridge.

This gives us great views of the nearby Knocknacloghoge as we make our way to Kanturch. Finally, we turn for the pull up to the summit of Scarr at 644 metres, (2,113ft) high. From this wonderful position we can get excellent views of much of the Wicklow range. From here we descend gradually back to our transport via a broad whaleback ridge.

MEETING POINT Roadside pull-in at Oldbridge, (limited parking) 10.00am
HIKE  TIME Approx. 4.5 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 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 Oldbridge from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood. In Roundwood village, turn right opposite the Coach House pub, signed for Lough Dan, and follow the road for approx. 4 km to where the road crosses a small bridge. Turn right soon after and look for a pull-in off the road on your left, just before the scout camp.

Scarr Mountain Guided Hike Testimonials:

“Wonderful day out!”
“Russ picked us up and dropped us back at our hotel which took so much stress out of the day. We climbed Scarr Mountain which was lovely, unfortunately no view at the top, but plenty on the way up and down. On the way back in the car Russ took the scenic route which was beautiful!!” – Dee44444


Further reading on our blog:

Featured hike – Scarr
Wicklow Weekend Wander


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Scarr Mountain guided hike