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Wicklow Area   NE: Fancy Subarea
Place count in area: 116, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 657mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 714mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342m
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 641mScarr 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 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 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 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 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 800mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 925mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

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Luggala Mountain Log an Lá A name in Irish, also Fancy an extra name in English (Ir. Log an Lá [], 'hollow of the [obscure element]') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin List, Granite with microcline phenocrysts Bedrock

Height: 595m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O15013 07403
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Longitude: -6.283449, Latitude: 53.105111 , Easting: 315013, Northing: 207403 Prominence: 110m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 714938 707437,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Lugala, 10 char: Luggala
Bedrock type: Granite with microcline phenocrysts, (Type 2p microcline porphyritic)

Also known as Fancy, from Ir. Fuinnse [PNCW], 'ash-tree', and Cloghoge. Price's interpretation of this name as Log an Lágh, 'hollow of the hill', is doubtful. There is no evidence in dictionaries for the existence of a word lágh with this meaning. The second element does not appear to be lá, 'day', either.   Luggala is the 302nd highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: The delight of many a tourist
Dramatic cliffs, dramatic views
Short Summary created by simon3, wicklore  5 Apr 2013
Luggala is one of the more well known mountains in Wicklow. This is because it has dramatic cliffs plunging to Lough Tay, visible from the R759 which connects east and west Wicklow via the sally Gap. Luggala, its cliffs and Lough Tay probably feature in more tourist photos than most other views in Ireland.

There are a number of parking spots along the R759 such as at O17041 07245 A and O16707 07959 B. Head NW along the road and strike out across the bog in the region of O14077 10225 C for a gradual climb across bog.

Another approach, from the west, would be to park at O13669 08779 D and head 1.5kms SE across bog to the summit. Cars at this parking spot may be more vulnerable to break in – the other parking spots above Lough Tay usually have more tourists around and may be less vulnerable.

To complete the walk it’s possible to descend to the Cloghoge River valley (e.g O15944 06001 E). A road leads out of the valley to the ‘Pier Gates’ which are near the various parking spots above Lough Tay. There is public access to this valley, although locals will severely challenge any owners of loose dogs.

The summit area of Luggala has been quite eroded due to its popularity. It has great views of surrounding hills and mountains such as Djouce, Ballinafunshoge Hill, Knocknacloghoge and Loughs Tay & Dan. Lough Tay resembles a pint of Guinness with its white beach and dark brooding waters. It would be easy to drop off the sharp cliffs just metres from the summit. Take care. Linkback: Picture about mountain Luggala (<i>Log an Lá</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Cliffs of Lough Tay
A long, sublime approach route
by kernowclimber  31 Aug 2010
Appreciating mountains isn’t always about standing on their summits. Sometimes it is just as uplifting to traverse their hidden glens, to follow the course of babbling brooks that meander through woods, lush meadows and bogs into loughs hemmed in by jagged cliffs; to quietly wander in their shadows savouring the chance encounter with wildlife. A truly sublime landscape experience can be had by parking at Old Bridge (O15556 02448 F) and following the paved road NW towards Lough Dan. A green sign marks the start of a trail leading to Kanturk via a wooden gate. This rocky path weaves its way above the lough through dense bracken slopes passing rowan trees dripping with scarlet berries. Past another gate the track runs steeply downhill to the valley floor. At the bottom is a copse of trees where the wind sighs heavily in the boughs spread out over the shattered shells of stone cottages, a serene but lonely place.

Beyond, the Inchavore River snakes its way past grassy meadows to deposit a perfect crescent of sand on the lough’s north shore (O14349 04439 G). A rough track leads towards this golden sandy beach shaded by oak trees; a small boat bobbing about on the shoreline made it feel like a tropical island. The warm sunlight dancing on the deep blue surface of the lake and the mesmeric lapping of tiny waves on the shore made it hard to leave this little piece of paradise in Wicklow.

We doubled back across the meadows to cross the Inchavore River via some stones at O13768 04620 H and then traversed the north shore of the lough enjoying entrancing views of the river and tree shaded beach beyond. The path weaves through bracken and some gorse between giant granite boulders flung down the slopes of Knocknacloghoge above and is boggy in places. It then swings NE up the Cloghoge Valley past a deserted whitewashed cottage partially shaded by a Tolkienesque sycamore just above the Cloghoge River. Running between rustic dry stone walls, an old cart track then traverses the edge of a sweeping expanse of meadow fringed by broad leaf trees, above which tower the slopes of Sleamaine bedecked in vibrant purple heather. Against this idyllic backdrop were herds of grazing deer.

Past the bridge crossing the Cloghoge Brook, a footpath on the left leads up the steep lower slopes of Luggala. Fine views now ravish the eye: the Cloghoge Valley, Lough Dan beyond and below, the circular deep blue Lough Tay steadily creeping into view in its heathery amphitheatre with precipitous granite cliffs. There is no cairn on Luggala, but an impressive expanse of heath undulates towards the distinctive peaks of Djouce, Kippure, Mullaghcleevaun and Tonelagee. We then bore NW descending gently over periodically boggy ground towards the R115 where we had parked a second car in a layby (O13735 08752 I). Although we only climbed one summit, this memorable 13.5 km 6 hour walk took us through mountain scenery that would utterly enrapture a poet. Linkback:
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simon3 on Luggala, 2003
by simon3  3 Jan 2003
Luggala (aka Luggelaw or hollow of the hill in PW Joyce) is a granite and quartzite scarp, a cliffy side of which drops into Lough Tay, while the western side slopes north eastwards towards the Military Road. Luggala's summit has suffered in recent years from considerable walker erosion. The photo, taken in 1998, shows Luggala from the east, with Lough Tay to the left. Linkback:
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Picture: Lough Tay and Luggala
Cliffs plunge to a brooding lake
by wicklore  23 Jul 2014
I was surprised to discover that this particular wide view of Luggala (Fancy Mountain) taken from the north has not been added here before. It includes the famous “Guinness Lake” (Lough Tay) which resembles a dark pint with a creamy head to some. The photo was taken from the R759 road that links the Sally Gap and the R755 road to Roundwood and Glendalough. Several small gravel car parks are carved out along this sometimes narrow and winding road. The feeling of a sheer drop down to the lake below just over the little stone wall adds a thrill for those motorists unfamiliar with the road.

The view is looking south over Lough Tay with Luggala and its cliffs to the right with Scarr Mountain rising to its apex in the background. At other points on this road the flat top of the artificial lake on Turlough Hill (Toomaneena), Lugnaquillia, and a host of other Wicklow hills can be seen. The carparks along this road give access to the Wicklow Way which passes through this area, as well as providing an opportunity for a loop walk taking in Luggala, Knocknacloghoge, Lough Tay and various other permutations. Beware that the residents of the valley around Lough Tay do not allow dogs off the leash and can be very strict about this. Also be aware that thieves also know it is a popular area and break-ins of cars are not unknown. Linkback:
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Picture: Lough Tay from Luggala
murphysw on Luggala, 2005
by murphysw  21 Mar 2005
Definitely a lot of walker erosion on Luggala, espeicially at the top of the cliff where a myriad of little paths have been created. This is in addition to the mucky path which leads up the mountain from the carpark at O137088 J. But what views! From every angle, the views over Lough Tay and Luggala Lodge with Djouce towering behind, just take the breath away. The summit itself is fairly ordinary - no cairns or anything, but there is the butt of a signpost. Wonder what that said in its heyday. Linkback:
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Picture: Living at the edge. Navan Hill Walkers on Luggala 3.4.05
CaptainVertigo on Luggala, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  6 Apr 2005
Worried about GLOBAL WARMING? Scary isn’t it? Violent storms. Melting ice caps. Killer sharks swimming up your toilet to nibble your re-marriage prospects. Ouch!! Such were the thoughts that occupied the fragile mind of Captain Vertigo last Saturday night during the long hours of darkness prior to the attack on Luggala. ( At this point I wish to state clearly that the Captain does not recognise the expression “Fancy Mountain”. There is something effete, jejune, self-indulgent and decadent about this casual designation. There’s something …French about it. Too close to “Fancy Woman”. “Well fanceeee that!” How apt the rubric “Luggala”. Like an Irish cop in New York: Lugs O’Law. The deformed ears of a tight head prop come to mind. How manly and vigorous !) In any event, the NAVAN HILLWALKERS eschewed a frontal advance on Luggala. That’d ‘ve been too easy! Nope! General Hudson had issued orders from his sick bed that we advance from the rear . Thus it was, ably led by the General’s batman, Sergeant-Major Michael Spillane, that we crept up the long and winding staircase to the top of the Djouce, before moving on to the summit of War Hill from where we did a “recci”. There the Captain spotted a little heap of malodorous black balls and concluded sheepishly that they were the manifestation of an unseen enema. Clearly, caution was called for. But the traverse from War Hill to the northern slopes of Luggala took place in gorgeous sunshine. Oh blessed Global Warming! The Mother of all Fine Days! May your Ozone Layer be depleted by the methane gases of a thousand baked bean eating Boy Scouts! Shine on ! Shine your ultra violet light on the bracken hairy hills of Wicklow. Rid the land of that evil stubble! Continue to give us Summer days in early April!! We grazed contently on double rations by a babbling brook . Sergeant-Major Spillane, encouraged by the sunshine, marched us, single file, in double quick time, up Luggala, till we reached the rim. There we once again stood silently and pondered the work of the Unseen Hand . The Captain, not for the first time enraptured, had to be restrained from diving into the dark waters below. “Not on my watch lad!” muttered the Sergeant Major. The tranquil moment shattered, the platoon moved on. During the descent the Captain implored a passing nurse (sadly not attired in full white Nightengale regalia) to perform an emergency hip replacement for him. She demurred. The sight of the Captain dragging his lifeless limbs up the fierce hill to the car park cheered the hearts of the Company. Great praise was heaped on Gen.Hudson for having the foresight to leave the best wine till last –a true walking challenge in the sweltering heat! Linkback:
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