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Dublin Area   S: Kippure & Kilbride Subarea
Place count in area: 18, OSI/LPS Maps: 43, 50, 56, AWW 
Highest place:
Kippure, 757m
Maximum height for area: 757 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 262 metres,

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Kippure Mountain Cipiúr A name in Irish (Ir. Cipiúr [OSI], origin obscure) County Highpoint of Dublin and in Dublin/ Wicklow Counties in Leinster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite Bedrock

Height: 757m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O11582 15455
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Longitude: -6.331884, Latitude: 53.178139 , Easting: 311582, Northing: 215455 Prominence: 262m,  Isolation: 3.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 711506 715485,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kipure, 10 char: Kippure
Bedrock type: Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite, (Type 2e equigranular)

The River Liffey rises high on the slopes of Kippure. The name as shown on Discovery map is simply a transliteration of a pronunciation collected locally, but without any clear meaning. It resembles ciop, 'stump' and iúr, 'yew', but 'stump of yew' would be Ciop Iúir. Yew is unlikely to have ever grown near such a high exposed summit, but the name also refers to a townland which descends to the valley, so a connection with yew is not impossible.   Kippure is the highest mountain in the Dublin area and the 73rd highest in Ireland. Kippure is the most southerly summit in the Dublin area. Kippure is the highest point in county Dublin.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Kippure (<i>Cipiúr</i>) in area Dublin, Ireland
Picture: Lough Bray Upper and Eagles' Crag
 
padodes on Kippure, 2009
by padodes  21 Jan 2009
I would like to add a few details to Wicklore’s comment on walking around Lough Bray (Upper and Lower), which may add to the interest of exploring this area. The massive outcrop between the two corries is known as the Eagles’ Crag (although the name does not appear in the OSI map). It is recorded that eagles did, in fact, breed here into the 19th century, when they were finally hunted to extermination. It still isn’t unusual to see a peregrine falcon or kestrel rising on the thermals created by the corries, but you are just as likely to see today colourful paragliders doing the same when the weather is favourable. The corries themselves were formed during the last Ice Age and marked the head of a glacier that flowed down the length of Glencree Valley, with, I would surmise, minor tributaries coming from Raven’s Rock glen (east of Lugduff) and the little glen at Powerscourt Waterfall, each of which has its own modest cirque. The lakes that formed behind the moraines are quite deep and do not seem to communicate above ground, which has led to speculation that they may nonetheless be connected underground, with a flow from the Upper to the Lower. The water is acidic and low in nutrients, so aquatic life is rather poor and you will see that waterfowl are infrequent visitors. I read once that whooper swans have been known to descend here in winter, but I have never myself seen their white beauty on these black waters, despite many a visit. There is abundant plant life around the corries, I am assured, but the names that leave some botanising friends of mine ecstatic, like woodrush, cowberry and quillwort, are rather lost on me.

Parking close to the roadside cottage by Lough Bray Lower is very restricted, but this does not prevent, at weekends, a lot of cars from parking there anyway, and on both sides of the narrow road at that. It can be hard to get by, if you are travelling through. Add to that the madness of tour operators who have begun to send big coaches over the Military Road in recent years, and you have all the ingredients of a bottleneck worthy of the Red Cow Roundabout. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/73/comment/3536/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Kippure (<i>Cipiúr</i>) in area Dublin, Ireland
Picture: The deer aren't as interested in me as I am in them.
SDillmore on Kippure, 2005
by SDillmore  12 Jul 2005
Took the meandering access road up. After having done Lug earlier in the day I was too tired for the direct ascent (the 28 degree temperature all day didn't help either). Near sunset on the way down, I almost missed two large herds of deer. I caught the first group looking back, glimpsing their silhouette. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/73/comment/1796/
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padodes on Kippure, 2009
by padodes  15 Jan 2009
The broad shoulder of Kippure that slopes down to the east drops precipitously into the twin corries of Lough Bray Upper and Lough Bray Lower, separated by the blunt wedge of the Eagle’s Crag (see photo). The walk around the rim, above the brooding lakes, has plenty to grip the attention, but there’s also a literary association that gives added interest to any walker’s visit to this area of rugged beauty.

On 28 June 1907, John Millington Synge, himself an inveterate walker, began a happy two-week stay in the roadside gate lodge, then known as McGuirk’s Cottage, at the entrance to Lough Bray House (that nestles, out of sight, on the northern shore of the lower lake). He found peace here after the furore that had surrounded the staging of "The Playboy of the Western World" at the beginning of the year. He noted down his impressions in a travelogue, "Glencree", that would later be published in the collection "In Wicklow and West Kerry". In phrase after phrase he evokes exactly the same experience that is ours today. Just a sample: “I have come out again on the mountain road the third day of the fog. At first it was misty only, and then a cloud crept up the water gullies from the valley of the Liffey, and in a moment I am cut off in a white silent cloud. The little turfy ridges on each side of the road have the look of glens to me, and every block of stone has the size of a house. The cobwebs on the furze are like a silvery net and the silence is so great and queer… Then, as I walk on, I see out over a cloud to the tops of real mountains standing up into the sky.”

I don’t know if Synge wrote his poem "To the Oaks of Glencree" during his visit in 1907, but, with its melancholy premonition of death, I would like to think so. He was already suffering from the cancer that would claim his young life only two years later. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/73/comment/3526/
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Djouce on Kippure, 2002
by Djouce  13 Nov 2002
Start at Lower Lough Bray and follow the path climbing between the two lakes. There is a very steep slope with great views over the lakes and Glencree valley from the top of the cliffs -
then more gentle boggy ground to the top. Unfortunately there are buildings and a large TV aerial at the summit. You can cheat by walking up or down the road! You can return by the same route or along the ridge overlooking Upper Lough Bray. Time required about 3 hours plus breaks. In warm weather you can enjoy a refreshing swim in Lough Bray afterwards Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/73/comment/215/
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Picture: Eagles Crag looms darkly over brooding Lough Bray Lower
wicklore on Kippure, 2009
by wicklore  20 Jan 2009
Padodes refers to Eagles Crag in his recent post on Kippure. This photo shows Eagles Crag as seen from Lough Bray Lower. To the right can be seen the copse of trees behind which hides Lough Bray House. This fantastic house can be seen from the cliffs above the lake but beware-the owners value their privacy and No Trespassing & No Boating signs are in abundance around the lake and at the driveway to the house. From the roadside cottage at O142 164 A referred to by padodes a public track picks its way up to the lower lake which is hidden from the road. It is possible to turn left at the lake and head up to climb Eagles Crag. This is an alternative route to the more popular starting point at the quarry further up the road. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/73/comment/3534/
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Picture: The mast on top of Kippure
 
“Military Road”
by paddyobpc  23 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 25 Jul 2015. Myself and my son Dillon(dillonkdy) were in Dublin and free for the evening while others went to see Ed Sheerin so we decided to climb Kippure and knock another CHP off the list. We walked up a rough road that was signposted “Military Road” which later reduced to a path straight to the top. It was dry due to the time of year but I suspect it could be quite wet due to the boggy ground at other times of the year. Good views of Dublin and Wicklow from the top and views of the Great Sugarloaf on the way up. This route was just short of 10Km up and back rising 300m and we were back to the car in 3 hours but we were not really rushing. Dillon (dillonkdy) was delighted to be at the trig of another County High Point, 3 down in about 30 days! 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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/73/comment/18804/
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