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Dublin/Wicklow Area   Wicklow Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,   Summits in area: 128,   Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 49, 50, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW For all tops   Highest summit: Lugnaquilla, 925m

Summits in area Dublin/Wicklow:
Ballinacorbeg 336mBallinastraw 284mBallycurry 301mBallyguile Hill 188mBallyhook Hill 288mBray Head Hill 240mCarrickgollogan 276mCarrigeen Hill 298mCarrigoona Commons East 242mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mCupidstown Hill 378.6mDunranhill 342mEagle Hill 296mKilleagh 249mKilliney Hill 153.5mKilmichael Hill 267mKilnamanagh Hill 217mKnockannavea 400.8mKnockree 342mMount Kennedy 365.9mSlieveroe 332mWestaston Hill 270m
Dublin Mountains:   Corrig Mountain 617.1mGlendoo Mountain 586mKippure 757mKnocknagun 555mPrince William's Seat 555mSaggart Hill 396.9mSeahan 647.3mSeefin 620.6mSeefingan 722.9mTibradden Mountain 467mTwo Rock Mountain 536m
Wicklow Mountains:   Annagh Hill 454mBallinacor Mountain 531mBallinafunshoge 480mBallineddan Mountain 652mBallycumber Hill 431mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mBaltinglass Hill 382mBarranisky 280mBenleagh 689mBlack Hill 602.2mBrockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain North-West Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCarrick Mountain 381mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigleitrim 408mCarriglineen Mountain 455mCarrignagunneen 561mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mChurch Mountain 544mCloghernagh 800mCollon Hill 238mConavalla 734mCorriebracks 531mCorrigasleggaun 794mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 561mCullentragh Mountain 510mCushbawn 400mDerrybawn Mountain 474mDjouce 725mDuff Hill 720mFair Mountain 571.2mFananierin 426mGravale 718mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mKanturk 523mKeadeen Mountain 653mKirikee Mountain 474mKnocknacloghoge 534mLakeen 357mLittle Sugar Loaf 342mLobawn 636mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mLuggala 595mLugnagun 446.2mLugnaquilla 925mMaulin 570mMoanbane 703mMoneyteige North 427mMullacor 657mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 790mMuskeagh Hill 397mPreban Hill 389mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 641mScarr North-West Top 561mSeskin 344mSilsean 698mSleamaine 430mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 550mSlievecorragh 418mSlievefoore 414mSlievemaan 759mSorrel Hill 599.5mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mStoney Top 714mStookeen 420mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563mTinoran Hill 312mTomaneena 682.4mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonlagee South-East Top 546mTrooperstown Hill 430mWar Hill 686mWhite Hill 630.9m
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Lugnaquilla Mountain Log na Coille A name in Irish
(Ir. Log na Coille [IPN], 'hollow of the wood') County Highpoint of Wicklow, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Aphyric granodiorite Bedrock

Height: 925m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: T03217 91756 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1456 members. Recently by: Sherpaterbear, Jerpoint23, ektich, muddyboots, msammon, odonovansf, Mike32chp, Dee68, gav, murtaghmary, pmaher, TomasMadden, Querrin, DaveMc, Daingean
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Longitude: -6.464535, Latitude: 52.966959 , Easting: 303217, Northing: 191756 Prominence: 905m,   Isolation: 1.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 703143 691791,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Lgnql, 10 char: Lugnaquila
Bedrock type: Aphyric granodiorite, (Percys Table Granodiorite)

Presumably the name is transferred from some nearby hollow to the mountain itself. Price has a useful note to this effect, but is unable to determine the hollow in question. There are three valleys in the vicinity: Fraughan Rock Glen to the north-east, the South Prison to the south-east and the North Prison to the north-west. The first two are both forested nowadays. The summit is marked as Percy's Table, named after a local landowner of the 18th century. Cf. Dawson's Table on Galtymore. P.W. Joyce gave the original form as Log na Coilleach, 'hollow of the (grouse) cocks'. However this seems doubtful. It does not show the urú which would be expected. Nor is the name connected with the deity Lug.   Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain in the Dublin/Wicklow area and the 13th highest in Ireland. Lugnaquilla is the highest point in county Wicklow.

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Picture: Lugnaquilla from the West, Camarahill to right.
A big mountain with many ways up, long range views but hazards.
Short Summary created by simon3, kernowclimber, Peter Walker,  26 Jun 2015
Lug as it is popularly known is Ireland's highest summit outside Kerry. The large summit cairn and trig pillar sit on a fairly flat dryish top with views better distant than near, often surrounded by people and sadly, litter. There are several ways up and some serious hazards particularly in bad weather so map, navigational gear and skill are essential.

One way is from the NE, starting at Baravore car park at around T066942 A. From Baravore there are three main ways: straight up the Fraughan Rock Glen, via Camenabologue along the Stony Road, or via Arts Lough and Cloghernagh.

Another starting point is from around S984929 B near Fentons Pub.
Go straight up the track to Camarahill. Do not deviate because the surrounding area is regularly used as an artillery range, well marked on maps, making this route not always allowed.

Another start is from the S at Aughavannagh Bridge T056861 C, following the Ow valley to the summit with variations on the western and eastern ridges.

There are also routes via Carrawaystick Mountain and Ballineddan Mountain and some gullies.

The summit can be difficult to find in mist or whiteout conditions. Without good navigation there is a risk of descending accidentally onto any of the three severe slopes, of which two are marked on maps as the North Prison, the South Prison and the unnamed NE facing slope or into the artillery range. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/13/comment/4773/
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Picture: The formidable gully of the South Prison
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A mountain with lots to offer!
by Bunsen7  Tue 28 Mar
Since starting my hillwalking in 2015 I have been up Lug a number of times. Mostly it has been totally misted over by the time I reach or just after reaching the summit. Once it mists over the mountain can prove more difficult to navigate than expected as it is such a broad hulk with many routes for descent. It can be disorientating. GPS is recommended if possible. Definitely have a map and compass.

The routes I've taken are ascent/descent of Camara Hill (February), ascent of Clohernagh/descent via Fraughan Rock Glen (October), Ballineddan/Slieve Mann (February), Table Track from Glen of Imaal and ascent Ow valley-South Prison/descent Carrawaystick (May).

All that and I still haven't seen Art's Lough up close and a variety of other noteworthy features. The "Tug of lug" huh?

The Ballineddan track was fast in winter conditions.

If you follow the Ow valley route from the south east there are of course a few choices when you reach the South Prison. The more challenging option our group took was to go up the large gully (which a pal of mine referred to as McAlpines Back Passage - though East-West maps use this name for a cliff on Benleagh). It would be typical of this particular pal of mine to take the more challenging option!

Others have commented on this route. This is a steep route clambering over boulders with lots of water runnning down and is only for those sure of foot and of hardy disposition (we got wet and were challenged at various points). There is a large boulder field at the base of the gully. As you progress up the gully there are a number of "obstacles" - these are surmountable but can be a challenge to retain three points of contact if you're not very tall. In particular there is a large slippery black rock that can require a jump depending on conditions. Once you start going up the gully it is not advisable to retreat downwards. It is not a descent route and would be absolutely treacherous in winter. Everything in moderation I suppose! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/13/comment/18633/
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Picture: Lug from the top of Cloghernagh
Lug from Glenmalure side
by Sarkuns  11 Jun 2013
I climbed Lug from Glenmalure side. I start at bridge which crosses the Avonbeg River at the base of the Zigzags. Please use the gates and the marks to guide you… the zigzags are in very good condition. It was used as hunting trail long time ago but now they are renewed and still in use by the local farmers. As the path is still in use and it goes through sheep grazing grounds remember to leave your dogs at home and try not to scare the sheep’s. At the top of the zigzags there are a boggy trails, all of them will lead you to the fence but only one to the stairs over the fence. Please use the stairs and do not damage the fence.
When you find the stairs it is pretty straight forward. Keep on the path and everything should be ok. The path which is leading on the top of the Cloghernagh is weary easy to see. On the bad weather it is possible that it is muddy but I had the luxury of a good weather and excellent visibility.
From Cloghernagh to Lug the trail is harder to see but in good weather you just take the Lug as your target and go for it… Just be careful on your way back because there are no landmarks to follow so GPS or a map could be vital. I find my bearings using the surrounding mountain peaks.
Be careful there on bad weather. The rocky path is tricky and on some places there are holes on the path which will swallow your leg or ankle…
While I was in the middle of Cloghernegh I almost step on the hare. He jumped away but I was completely surprised. I have seen a lot of them near the Lought Dan but not so close. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/13/comment/15018/
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Picture: On route to Lugnaquilla looking back towards Glenmalure Valley
from Glenmalure
by paddyobpc  23 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 23 Jul 2015. I had walked Lugnaquilla previously in 2011 from near the Glenmalure Hostel returning into the Glenmalure valley via the zig zags and walking the road back up to the car. This time we were staying nearby for a few nights and my daughter Rachel and son Dillon(dillonkdy) joined me on the climb. We climbed the same route as previously but this time returned the same way due to it getting a bit close to evening. It was a nice evening for the walk with good enough visibility and views. This time we were on the mountains for about 4.5 hrs covering over 14 Km climbing a height of 800m. See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/13/comment/18803/
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Picture: View from the top of Fraughan Glen clearly showing the forest track snaking along the river
darrenf on Lugnaquilla, 2009
by darrenf  27 Jul 2009
Spent the day hopping around Lugnaquillia from the Glenmalur side on 24th July. Parked up at the carpark next the footbridge at Baravore T066942. Crossed the Avonbeg River via the footbridge (the river had taken over the vehicle access bridge due to the heavy rains recently). Contuined along the gravel track which leads up to the an oige youth hostel and shortly afterwards we took the track which bears left (contuining on the original track will take you further into the Glenmalur valley). Followed this forest track right around into Fraughan Glen where the views really open out in front of you. The entire track is not clearly identified on Sheet 56 but it will take you deep into the glen and only really peters out at the back wall of the glen - at this point another faint track can be picked up which stays to the right hand side of the benleagh river and continues up and over Fraughan Glen. Spectacular views back down the glen and across to Lugduff can be enjoyed. Once we were over the glen we tramped onwards in the general direction of spot height 625. The going along this strecth of the walk was boggy and gaiters are advisable! As you progress toward the ridge of Lugnaquillia you will note the triangular signposts which warn you of your proximity to the artillery range. The ridge walk toward the north prison offers fantastic views on a clear day and it is not long before you are on Percys Table enjoying the vistas in every direction. By the time we arrived at the trig point the mist had well and truly engulfed the top of Lug. A quick lunch stop recharged the batteries before we retraced our steps back down along Percys Table between the north and south prisons. At T035922 D we took a bearing down along the top of south prison and toward Clohernagh. The whole day was ahead of us so we decided to return via Corrigasleggaun and Kellys Lough. From the summit of Corrigasleggaun there is a track which takes you along the ridge overlooking the beautiful lough below. As you continue along the ridge you will note a post and wire fence in front of you at approximately T062905 E. We handrailed this fence as it dropped down into the brook below. By taking this route it will lead you directly onto a forest track below and it should be noted that if you wish to take the zig zags back to Glenmalur valley you should continue on past this track and cross Carrawaystick Brook. From here we put the heads down and pushed through the boggy terrain toward the zig zags which took us safely onto the valley floor below. The good work of the Mountain Meitheal should be well noted as you descend along the zig zags and cross the river via the footbridge. A lovely stroll along the valley floor brought us back to the car. A fine walk and a beautiful part of the garden of Ireland. 19.8km in total over 7.5 hours. With so many variations to this walk we will definitely be back again soon Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/13/comment/3968/
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Picture: North Prison Gully
Winter Climb of North Prison's Main Gully
by kernowclimber  7 Apr 2010
The sight of the Great Sugar Loaf wearing a faint snowy hat and the desire to escape the ennui of the office convinced us to take to the hills! Discovering that the Army wasn’t using the artillery range, we resolved to make climbing the main gully on Lugnaquillia’s North Prison our objective for the day.

We parked at the first gateway to the artillery range up the rough track past Fenton’s Pub and began the long pull up Camarahill savouring the crunch and squeak of fresh snow beneath our boots. We descended the steep side of Camarahill towards the Bluffs rising steadily to gain the corrie beneath Lugnaquillia’s North Prison. Once off Camarahill the sun was surprisingly hot but the weather was fickle; kaleidoscopic clouds raced across a Prussian blue sky, occasionally grey and angry enough to generate flurries of snow. Huge granite boulders encrusted with ice lay amid drifts of snow feet thick on the outstretched arm of terminal moraine that seemed to gently coax us upwards and inwards to the corrie. Obstacles such as secret streams obscured beneath a blanket of glittering snow betrayed only by their musical tinkling, and patches of bog unseen until trodden on, slowed our pace considerably.

We located the main gully (T028920 F) at the back of the corrie, a white streak shooting some 200 metres upwards towards the summit. It didn’t look all that steep before we began to climb it, but appearances are deceptive. This is described as a Scot Grade I climb in the Wicklow climbing guide, but in places the slope surpasses 45 degrees and the fact that a fresh covering of snow lay atop granular, in places very unstable old snow and compacted ice, made progress difficult. Mcrtchly had to cut steps for almost the entire route and I would estimate the route in this condition was verging on a Scot Grade II endeavour. The crux of the route lay only 10 metres or so from the bottom where sheets of ice had consolidated over boulders making the use of the pick end of an ice axe essential to maintain upwards progress.

The view up the gully was superb. On the right, about half way up is a very distinctive pyramidal pinnacle of rock that was picked out sharply against a deep blue sky, making the surroundings appear and feel positively Alpine. Every so often chunks of ice and snow fell from the surrounding walls with a dull thud followed by a strident hiss as thousands of small chunks sped off down the gully.

By the time we exited the gully, cloud had enveloped the summit and we did not tarry there long as an icy wind beckoned a change in the weather. We descended rapidly in our crampons towards Camarahill surprised to see how quickly the snow had melted. Some 12kms and 8 hours later we were walking towards the warm, inviting glow of the window of Fenton’s Pub, drawn there by the cheerful sound of a jaunty Irish jig filling the quiet night and the knowledge that a glass of Guinness awaited us to celebrate our day out on Wicklow’s highest peak. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/13/comment/4574/
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