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Wicklow Area   W: Cen Lugnaquilla Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
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 Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 476.1mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 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 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 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 682mDuff Hill 720.8mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 846.7mMullaghcleevaun East Top 796mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 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 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
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 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 783.2mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

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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 Leinster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Aphyric granodiorite Bedrock

Height: 924.7m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: T03209 91777
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Longitude: -6.464643, Latitude: 52.967149 , Easting: 303209, Northing: 191777 Prominence: 905m,  Isolation: 1.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 703135 691812,   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 Wicklow area and the 12th 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  14 Feb 2021
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 S98419 92917 B reached reached on a rough road from 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. Linkback: Picture about mountain Lugnaquilla (<i>Log na Coille</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
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. Linkback:
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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 We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website ( 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. Linkback:
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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 D) 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. Linkback:
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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 A. 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 E 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 F. 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 Linkback:
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Picture: Lug
Lug in February
by Dessie1  31 May 2010
Climbed Lug from Glenmalure side in February.Took route starting at Hostel and continuing past Benleagh on the the right and Cloghernagh on left hand side through valley.Reached snow covered summit and back down in 4 1/2 hours.Views on top where limited due to low cloud but a very enjoyable days hike. Linkback:
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