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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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Scarr Mountain Scor A name in Irish
(Ir. Sceir or Scor [PNCW], 'sharp rock') Wicklow County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Dark blue-grey slate, phyllite & schist Bedrock

Height: 641m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O13268 01828 This summit has been logged as climbed by 603 members. Recently by: hilde, Bunsen7, Gus, IainT, GoldCircle, feargalf, Lauranna, fitzsimj, Murray-Tucker, brendanjrehill, Damien25, lw24, trekker, markwallace, tommyclarke
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Longitude: -6.311412, Latitude: 53.055277 , Easting: 313268, Northing: 201828 Prominence: 231m,   Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 713197 701848,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Scarr, 10 char: Scarr
Bedrock type: Dark blue-grey slate, phyllite & schist, (Maulin Formation)

Formerly known as Knockree, according to Price.   Scarr is the 216th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Scarr in area Dublin/Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Scarr from the SE.
 
Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Short Summary created by simon3,  23 Sep 2013
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 A (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ridge that extends from Scarr to Kanturk (aka Brown Mountain). Round trip around 90-100 minutes.

Another starts from Oldbridge O1581 0197 B. From the east of the public road there is a well surfaced track that leads steadily uphill past farms and several new houses. Follow this until the point where it swings sharply left and leave it to head through a gateway straight ahead onto a grassy boreen that leads onto the lower slopes of Scarr.

From the south at T14021 9751 C there is a small carpark. (This is a useful also because there is a bridge allowing access to the Brockaghs area here) Head up via forest tracks and a path up the southern ridge of Scarr, marvelling that such a small summit can have so many false tops.

Other routes from the north come via Knocknacloghoge or the track around the north side of Lough Dan.

The top itself has a modest cairn. Notoriously Scarr can be extremely windy since its shape can catch a SW wind and funnel it towards the top. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/210/comment/4970/
 
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Picture: View from the eastern ridge
Small cairn, big views
by kernowclimber  31 Aug 2010
Leaving one car at Pier Gates, we drove to Oldbridge parking on a grassy verge (O15823 01944 D). Just ahead on the left is a well surfaced track that leads steadily uphill past farms and several new houses. Follow this until the point where it swings sharply left and leave it to head through a gateway straight ahead onto a grassy boreen that leads onto the lower slopes of Scarr. Just past an NPWS sign, follow a discernable track through the bracken on the far right close to the trees, at the top of which bear west over low gorse, heather and bilberry to meet with a ridge path up to Scarr.

Dramatic vistas reward the walker from the ridge: Knocknacloghoge, the tumbled down rocks on its slope gleaming white in the sun, interspersed with beautiful swathes of golden gorse and purple heather mingling with the greens of bracken and conifer; in the valley below, Lough Dan, the wind creating continually changing mazy patterns over its inky blue surface, and on the skyline the gleaming quartzite peak of Great Sugar Loaf. The heightening wind sent clouds hurrying across the sky casting immense brooding shadows over the land whipping the ragged white heads of the nearby bog cotton into a frenzy.

A steady climb over ground that is occasionally boggy and rocky in places brings one onto the grassy summit of Scarr with its small cairn and big views. Moorland undulates east towards the coast merging with deep green swathes of forestry and a colourful late summer patchwork quilt of fields, beyond which is the sea. And all around, wave upon wave of purple tainted mountains fade away into indigo, blue and smoky grey.

Descending in a NW direction provides fine views over Tonelagee, its slopes sweeping down to the Glenmacnass River flowing like quicksilver below. Close to the Old Military Road it cascades chaotically down over rocks to the glen below, its harsh cadence periodically audible before being snatched by the wind.

Our route over the heath to Kanturk offered exceptionally fine walking, passing by a phallic shaped rock at O12505 02798 E, bog pools and several glacial erratics like giants’ marbles accidentally dropped in a game eons ago. Grand views of Scarr lay behind us, rising skyward like a shark’s fin, and as we descended NE over short wiry heather, Lough Dan again came into view. On its NW shore is a sickle-shaped beach of golden sand deposited by the Inchavore River that meanders in serpentine fashion down the valley to empty into the lake close to a thin ribbon of trees.

Caution was needed as we made our descent over steep ground towards the Inchavore River; the heather and bracken is waist high in places and obscured rocks beneath. We soon came to a rocky pathway bounding forestry leading towards Lough Dan. A small cairn and a pile of stones on a rock outcrop on the path direct the walker down through the trees by a mossy wall (O13223 04310 F) to gain a copse of oaks beside the river. Our next objective: Knocknacloghoge. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/210/comment/6040/
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Picture: Evoking memories
 
Echoes of the Past
by wicklore  2 Mar 2015
Many years ago I worked with a group of young siblings. They were troubled children, and life had dealt them a very poor start in life. Low self-esteem , challenging behaviour & conflict threatened to mar their ability to reach their potential in life. I had the opportunity to take them for frequent walks and hikes in the mountains, and we visited many of Wicklow’s summits over the course of three years.

Scarr Mountain was one such summit. We had attempted to climb it twice but had been turned back by poor weather. It became our mission to conquer it and we eagerly prepared, watching the weather and planning our route. Learning from previous attempts, we ensured we had adequate clothing. With renewed resolve we set out early on New Years Day 1999. The four siblings, aged from 8- 13 years, energetically bounded along the track up the steep, snow-clad, hillside. Battling the biting wind we eventually emerged onto the fine summit ridge and then onto the rocky summit prominence. The boys revelled in their accomplishment, running back and forth along the ridge, chasing each other, throwing snowballs and picking out the surrounding hills and mountains we had previously climbed. One of the boys proudly proclaimed something along the lines of ‘it took us three times Scarr, and you thought you could beat us, but we conquered you!’

Yesterday, for the first time in 16 years, I found myself on the summit of Scarr. The conditions were similar to my last foray in 1999 –snow and buffeting, freezing wind. I wasn’t particularly surprised when the memories came flooding back, as this has happened on several summits I have revisited over the years. However I was surprised at the clarity of the memories. I could visualise the boys running along the ridge, their laughter carried on the wind, their eyes gleaming with delight on their cold-reddened faces. I recalled the brief conversation we had with a Dutch walker who stopped to congratulate the boys. I recalled sitting down out of the wind to unwrap our tinfoil-covered sandwiches. I recalled one of the boys ruefully holding out his broken hiking stick which Santa had only given him a week before. I recalled one of the boys, who had subsequently passed away at the age of 15, pointing excitedly to Ballinacorbeg outside Roundwood to the east saying ‘we climbed that! We climbed that!’ We had indeed climbed it and many others before and after.

As I reached the summit yesterday, and all those memories flooded back, I was struck by a thought. While mountains and hills have all sorts of historical connections and events, we also make our own new memories and events, to be recalled at a future time. My last visit to Scarr had been a very happy one, and that, in turn, made this visit even more special. My reverie was broken by the sound of real laughter as a man and two children approached the summit, making their own memories. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/210/comment/17869/
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davekav on Scarr, 2003
by davekav  16 Jun 2003
From Scarr and along the ridge of Kanturk Hill is an excellant walk for introducing people to hill walking. When approaching from Roundwood, veer right at Oldbridge and park along the left hand side. Theres a small lane way on the left before the campsite. Take this to begin the ascent to Scarr itself. The ascent offers a slight challange, enough to give people the feel for hill walking. From the summit there are fine panoramic views, particularly of Glenmacnass, Tonelagee and back over towards Fancy and Djouce. You can then follow the ridge over Kanturk Mountain. As you follow this path you can see down into Glenmacnass Waterfall and as you begin the descent of Kanturk the views of Lough Dan are excellant. The final stage of the walk takes you along the road along the shore of the lake itself. All in all a not too taxing walk with excellant views that can be accomplished in around three and a half hours with time for lunch. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/210/comment/549/
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Picture: Arrowhead boulder on Kanturk
 
padodes on Scarr, 2008
by padodes  1 Jun 2008
A walk centred on Kanturk (close to Scarr) could begin at the forest entrance, O106 055 G. Following the forest track to the end and through a curtain of trees, you meet the Inchavore River and walk downstream. Just where the valley broadens out, there’s a small coppice of native trees – among them several specimens of oak – that probably gives a good idea of the local woodland in the past, before the pine plantations came. On the flanks of Kanturk, to the right, can soon be seen the livid scar of a blocked-off mine shaft, similar to those in Glendalough and Glendasan. Further on, the crumbling ruins, close to where the road out of the valley begins, were perhaps also related to this activity, although the name of the area, Bolenasaggart, seems to point in another direction. This isn’t a bad place (O139 042 H) to start climbing up to the right, the only climb of the walk and no more than 300m. It avoids a lot of the knee-high heather that is a feature of the gentler slopes further on. Among the knolls on top, there is a trodden path in places, but don’t count on keeping to it if the mist falls! At the western end, a track continues SW to the car park at Glenmacnass Waterfall, so at some point you will need to make your way NW, taking your bearings from Carrigshouk in the distance and aiming to meet the road around O103 044 I. You have to make your own track over this rolling but not unpleasant bogland, where turf cutting is still carried on in the traditional way. When you finally reach the Military Road, there remains a walk to the starting point, about one and a half kms away to the right. The circuit is no more than 11 kms. Kanturk may not be as airy as its close neighbour, Scarr, but it definitely has its own charms. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/210/comment/3132/
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Picture: Cave entrance on Kanturk shoulder
aburden on Scarr, 2006
by aburden  5 Jan 2006
Great two car route for shaking off the cobwebs - meet at the finish which is commonly known as 'the piers' [O17200 06534 J]. Drop one car here and drive on to the Start at [O15786 01978 K]. The route goes via Scarr and Kanturk before dropping down into the Inchavore Valley. If you aim to hit the valley at the end of the track running north east along Lough Dan - you may discover a cave which appears to be a disused mine [O13717 04214 L]. The Copse in the vally makes an ideal lunch spot before crossing the river and an enjoyable walk along the lake. The last km or so is uphill on tarmac. Distance = 12.5km; time 5hr (incl. 30mins stops) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/210/comment/2120/
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