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Wicklow Area   NE: Vartry Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW, EW-DM, EW-LG, EW-WE, EW-WS 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 924.7m
Maximum height for area: 924.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 556.9mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7mCamaderry East Top 677.3mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 456.6mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 476.1mKirikee Mountain 474.5mLugduff 653.2mLugduff SE Top 638mMullacor 660.7mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 713.7mTonelagee 815.8mTonelagee E Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 238.9mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372.9mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342.1mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 527.4mKnocknacloghoge 532.4mLuggala 593.3mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 559.8mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682.4mDuff Hill 720.8mGravale 719mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 846.7mMullaghcleevaun East Top 796mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 529.3mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 662.3mCroaghanmoira North Top 579.5mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 429.7mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 398.2m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652.3mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794.6mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759.7m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Mount Kennedy Hill , also Ballinahinch Hill an extra EastWest name in English Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Binnion List, Greywacke & quartzite Bedrock

Height: 365.9m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O24244 04658
Place visited by 50 members. Recently by: lauracardiff, hibby, michaelseaver, NualaB, nupat, childminder05, Dee68, Ansarlodge, Beti13, Grumbler, emac, melohara, abcd, briankelly, pinchy
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Longitude: -6.146773, Latitude: 53.078382 , Easting: 324245, Northing: 204659 Prominence: 138m,  Isolation: 3.1km
ITM: 724166 704691,   GPS IDs, 6 char: MntKnd, 10 char: MntKndy
Bedrock type: Greywacke & quartzite, (Bray Head Formation)

Mount Kennedy is the 1027th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Mount Kennedy  in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: The summit area.
Rarely frequented, undistinguished forested summit
Short Summary created by simon3, mcrtchly  18 May 2014
One way of reaching the top uses forest tracks from the west, starting at O2276 0476 starA. Follow the tracks broadly easterly until you reach O2402 0478 starB where you will be on track at the side of the forest heading gradually upwards. Ignoring turnings on the left the track narrows to a path after about 1km. When you come to a fork in the path turn left and the path curves northwards and then eastwards again to meet a wall at the edge of the forest. Turn right here and follow the forest boundary to the summit. The later part of this follows a ride between two forest blocks but beware of barb wire on the ground.

An alternative access is from the north starting at O2385 0578 starC at a gate and follow the track which passes though part of a golf course. This meets the same forest road from the west after 600m. Turn left here and follow the route as above.

The summit is probably the high point of a clearing near and east of the wall.

This mountain is little used though there were signs of occasional use by horses, runners and mountain bikers. The trees obscure much of the view at the top. Time to reach the summit and return is about 1h20 from the east and 1hr from the west. Linkback: Picture about mountain Mount Kennedy  in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: View north east from area north of the summit
Find the wall going north to south (or vice versa) over the summit
by Bunsen7  11 Feb 2018
I had to laugh when I looked at the tracks on the site and compared it to my own from O2276 0476 starA. If I were to upload it there would be three tracks all of which reached the summit but took an unnecessary detour to the west. I wasn't laughing while I was there admittedly, but don't look back in anger, they seem to say.

I think the reason for this detour is the track marked on the east-west map, which most observers will expect to provide some route towards the summit, but which does not. It is more like an overgrown forest ride with thick gorse, and leads you onto the west side of the forestry from which any access route back towards the summit is heavily overgrown or completely blocked (by said forestry).

The key to accessing the summit is the wall which is only very faintly shown on the East-West Mapping Wicklow Mountains East map. You'll need your spectacles to spot it. It travels roughly from north to south, dissecting the summit, with thick forestry on both sides of it, preventing access from the east or west. The wall obviously pre-dated the plantation. The 2-3 metres either side of the wall are as good a track as you'll find to this summit.

The views east and north from the area to the north of the summit which is devoid of forestry are good. Linkback:
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Picture: Camp fire remains at summit.
Must be an easier way.
by paddyhillsbagger  6 Aug 2015
Climbed this top in Aug 15 from point O2385 0578 starC and followed route in Short Summary. The going was very overgrown in places and a bit of a bash to get to the top. There must be an easier route however - judging from the fire and booze remains at the summit. I don't think drunk teenagers do forest bashing! Linkback:
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Picture: Mountkennedy
Viewed from Ballinastoe
by ceadeile  29 Dec 2022
Mount Kennedy viewed from Ballinastoe Linkback:
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Picture: Into forest at O 24165 04945
Getting a bit more difficult for Baggers but this worked!
by nupat  30 Mar 2024
We started from the West side at O 22782 04773 starD but used a critical piece of the track MV2506 (mcrtchly) who started from the North at O23731 05861 starE. This resulted in easily reaching the wall mentioned by many at O44060 05182 starF. We then followed the wall on a broad track between forestry. The final section is a bit more challenging due to overgrown gorse. Being March we were luckily wearing heavy winter clothes so could "push through" a few short, more difficult sections. Other contributors appear to have followed the wall all the way to the summit - however we deviated marginally to the left and this made life easier. At O 24165 04945 starG we passed through a fence (already well used - picture) and veered left into the forest on a fairly obvious path; easier than continuing along the wall due to gorse. At O 24212 04727 starH we returned to the wall though an already cut section of fence. Pushing through a bit of gorse here and there we reached the summit. Nice clearing but no views! Baggers only. Comments already on the site are some years old - so it appears to us that this final section of track has become more overgrown in recent years. Do it soon! Linkback:
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Picture: View from near the summit of Mount Kennedy
Red kites in the blue sky
by hibby  5 May 2024
In hopes of finding a clear route to the summit, we approached from the south, starting at Callow Hill car park O24995 03010 starI.

We followed the forest roads and tracks up to about the 300 metre contour at O24282 04031 starJ where the path continued as a grassy track. Shortly afterwards the views opened out to the west. To our left (west) was a field with ponies grazing and a wire fence separating the field from the path. To the right was dense conifer forest. The path itself has some gorse growth but is passable.

It was clear that the path we were on would not lead us to the summit, instead bypassing the summit about 150m to the west. We were on the lookout for a firebreak or ride that would allow us to make our way through the forest. At O24135 04530 starK we saw our best chance - a deer track leading into the trees on our right. It proved easy enough to push through the trees and after about 50 metres we emerged into sunlight. From there, the final 90 metres to the summit was relatively open and clear.

At the summit area, we identified a pile of rocks at O24204 04614 starL as the local high point.

We looked for possible alternative routes off the summit but couldn't find a better option than the way we had come up.

The route was almost entirely dry and firm underfoot, with the exception of a short (and easily avoided) muddy section at about the 300m contour. Views were spectacular - to the east (Dunranhill and the coast up to Bray and the Sugarloaf) in the early part of the walk and then to the west (central Wicklow mountains down to Turlough Hill) near the summit. At the summit itself, the views are mainly obscured by trees.

We were treated to excellent views of a pair of red kites on the way up. It was a breathtaking sight as they hovered right overhead, wings spread against a clear blue sky. One of them even landed and perched briefly in a tree just 20 or 30 metres away from where we were walking. The sight of the characteristic patterns of the kite, wings spread against a clear blue sky, was breathtaking.

The sound of birdsong, especially blackbirds singing their heads off, added to the summer feeling.

So, a successful expedition all in all, attaining the summit more easily than we had expected, even if we didn't find the elusive (and probably non-existent) clear route. 6 km, 2 hours car to car. Linkback:
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