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Wicklow Area   NE: Djouce 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 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794.6mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759m
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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Djouce Mountain Dioghais A name in Irish, also Dowse, also Douce, also Dubh Ais an extra EastWest name in Irish (Ir. Dioghais [GE], 'fortified height') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Dark blue-grey slate, phyllite & schist Bedrock

Height: 725.5m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O17900 10300
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Longitude: -6.239332, Latitude: 53.130482 , Easting: 317900, Northing: 210300 Prominence: 200m,  Isolation: 1.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 717823 710331,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Djouce, 10 char: Djouce
Bedrock type: Dark blue-grey slate, phyllite & schist, (Maulin Formation)

Djouce dominates the views of the Wicklow Mountains from Roundwood and Newtown Mountkennedy. The Old Irish word dígas is defined by the Dictionary of the Irish Language as 'high, lofty; a height'. There is a Sliab Digsa mentioned in the Metrical Dindshenchas, where the second element is interpreted as a woman's name. This shows that the meaning of dígas was already obscure by the time of the Metrical Dindshenchas (12th century) and a story was probably invented to account for the name.   Djouce is the 93rd highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Djouce (<i>Dioghais</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Djouce from the south side of Maulin
Extremely busy summit, easily accessible with good views.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3  20 Mar 2021
Close to Dublin, Djouce is the exposed, rocky-topped high point of the N Wicklow uplands and has good access from many sides. Great views include Great Sugar Loaf, much of NE Wicklow and the Irish Sea. Because of its attractions it is much walked and cycled and, despite the efforts of Mountain Meitheal, the associated erosion is extensive.
N. Park at Crone Wood Car Park O19257 14187 starA. Follow the Wicklow Way through woods, up above Powerscourt waterfall, over the Dargle river and on up to O18646 10429 starB before heading steeply W for the summit. Allow 2 hrs+
From this car park you could also include Maulin, Tonduffs and War Hill in a 4-5 hr circuit.

SW. The quickest way up is from the R759 to its SW where there are several car parks such as one at O16328 08444 starC. Head for the boardwalk which will bring you over White Hill. Shortly after this the boardwalk swings NE - leave it here and head steeply up the S spur to the summit. Allow 1.5hrs.

E. From the Old Coach Road (L1036) on Long Hill to the E there are also various places to start such as O19391 07596 starD and O21027 10894 starE. For the former, take a right soon after entering Ballinastoe woods and follow trails roughly W to exit the forest near the top of White hill. Allow 2hrs
For the latter, from hte forest entrance, head left and follow tracks before exiting the trees near O20836 10725 starF. Follow the obvious trail until you meet the WW. Allow 90 mins+

Notable tracks incl. track/2113, track/943, track/2330 and track/2363. Linkback:
Wise Wicklow Way wanderers and their brilliant boardwalk
by YoungJohn  29 Jul 2010
On monday 26th July 2010 I drove out of Dublin to Enniskerry and headed for Roundwood turning right for the Sally Gap. I was endeavouring to do Paddy Dillons Walk No. 1 of White Hill, Djouce and War Hill. I parked on the right after Luggala Wood carpark, near the sign overlooking Lough Tay. A view worth driving for alone never mind the appearance of a reddish coloured hawk floating high on the warm summer breeze over the lake. I walked briskly along the forest path and stopped to view a second sign there. I should have gone down a path beside a stile nearly opposite the sign but erred and went along the forest path for nearly half an hour before turning back. I rued the loss of this hour but I did glimpse the mighty SugarLoaf when the horrid sitka spruce cleared for a few hundred yards. I returned to the sign, went down the bough covered path opposite and turned sharp left when it ended after a couple of hundred yards. This brought me to a wonder. I have to compliment and praise the wise people who designed and created the 'boardwalk'. What ever inspired them to place old railway sleepers side by side, end to end, cover them in chicken wire and staples for grip? Genius. I traversed the boardwalk over White Hill and with trusty stick braced myself against the ferocious gusts of wild wind blowing warm from the southwest in the gap between White Hill and Djouce. The wicklow way boardwalk veers suddenly to the right as one reaches the gravely trail to the top of Djouce. The views along the way are fantastic. Dublin Bay, Great Sugarloaf, Wicklow Harbour, The marvellous Wiclow Mountains all the way and further then Table Top, right over to Kippure. The vista from the Trig topped rock that is the zenith of mighty Djouce was breathtaking. The howling wind made sure that I was not without air for long! I clung to the Trig to take photo's and lingered for a good while over 'the sandwich' as I watched ships plough the waves of the Irsh Sea. I met but one family of Hikers, and that was at the start of the walk so I had the entire mountain to myself as I peered down at Poolbeg, Howth and beyond. Photo's don't do its grand views justice. I headed for Warhill but had to stop again to marvel at the 'Coffin' stone. I reckon it has to be a prehistoric tomb of sorts as other contributors have said. I sat in the sunshine for a break beside it and headed for War Hill across the boggy but passable gap, the wind still howling and the High Wicklow Peaks touching the clouds that threatened rain that thankfully never came. I intend to revisit this marvel of a mountain again God willing. (To end, I met a young Nordic couple as I left the 'hidden boreen' to the Wicklow Way and was delighted to spare them a wasted hour.). Linkback:
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Picture: A Snowier Trig Point
Homerclesse on Djouce, 2010
by Homerclesse  19 Feb 2010
Just back from a quick hike up Djouce, on a very cold February Friday with snow clouds covering the higher Wicklow Mountains. I started at Ballinastoe Woods carpark and took a right just after the maps. Continuing on the road till I reached a telegraph pole - where I took a short cut up the side of the woods. Following this trail brings you eventually to the wooden board walk which traverses Djouce, White Hill and down to the J.B. Malone memorial. I headed right here and followed the board walk until it took a sharp right. It's a simple matter of following the trail directly up from the board walk till you reach the Tors, and the Trig Pillar. A fair few people where up here already, huddling behind the rocks for shelter. It was at least -10 with wind chill. Most had approached from the Djouce woods side. I headed down that way, back towards the Wicklow Way, headed right around the Mountan until I picked up the board walk again. I took a bearing for the edge of the woods in Ballinastoe and trekked back to the car, across the Heather Deserts. Bad views today, but definitely try again when it's clearer. Linkback:
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Picture: Coffin Stone
padodes on Djouce, 2008
by padodes  16 Nov 2008
The OSI map indicates the presence of a cairn on Djouce, slightly north of the trig pillar, but any trace of it would seem to have been obliterated. Since the Irish word ‘dioghais’, from which Djouce is derived, is usually taken to mean a fortified height, perhaps it might not be implausible to see in that a reference to the old cairn that once stood on top. More interesting today is the so-called ‘Coffin Stone’ on the lower NW flank of the mountain (O 1719 1050 starG). In the OSI map (and also in the Harvey map of Wicklow), for some unknown reason this feature is indicated as a Standing Stone, but any source I have consulted speaks of a Portal Tomb at this point. The enormous coffin-like slab is a capstone that would have rested on two tall stones or portals at one end, forming an entrance, and would have sloped down to a back stone, providing support at the other. The chamber formed in this way would then have been walled in with side slabs compacted with big stones and might or might not have been enclosed in a cairn. Today the portals appear to have fallen outwards, but perhaps they were not very high to begin with. What strikes me as unusual about this tomb is that it is almost hidden away among the hills, whereas so many of the megalithic monuments we are familiar with in Dublin and Wicklow are well within view of the fertile plains or valleys where the people would probably have lived. A boggy track leads from the top of Djouce down to the Coffin Stone and on to War Hill, but its start can be difficult to find in mist and fog. Here and there, the rusty iron posts of an old deer fence serve as a handrail, too, when you can see them.

The photo of the Coffin Stone is a HDR image, which managed to capture the scene despite very dense fog at the time. That’s just my little plug in favour of the technique! Linkback:
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drcot on Djouce, 2006
by drcot  10 Feb 2006
Climbing last Sunday on Djouce, came across a couple of young "mountain bikers". It is hard to put your nose up to young fellows getting out into the air, escaping from their Playstations. I was tut-tuting at the environmental damage they were doing, as I tried to keep myself between the track guides, to prevent erosion, when suddenly I was confronted by 3 motorcylists scrambling between Djouce and War Hill.
To make it worse, there is a dedicated scrambling track on the other side of the road.
Remembering Mark Twain's famous comment that you should never underestimate the power of ignorant people in large numbers, I kept to myself I'm afraid!

I don't know if anyone patrols these areas for the National Park or Coilte - I suppose not. Its all a pity. I travelled on, and had a marvellous walk regardless.

This is a great site. Keep up the good work. Linkback:
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GWPR on Djouce, 2003
by GWPR  2 Jan 2003
Saturday 22 Dec 2002 desperate to get a walk in before Christmas took over I approached Djouce from the boardwalk on the southern side, parking in the car park above the Pier Gates.
The day was very overcast with heavy mist and cloud with occasional breaks for fleeting glimpses of Luggala and the Sugarloaf. As I approached the summit the sun briefly appeared in the south creating the magical Brocken Spectre in the low lying cloud just under and north of me. Then the mist rolled back for a minute to reveal the reassuring summit trig point. A short enjoyable winters walk.Returning by the same route will take about 2 hrs in total. Linkback:
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