Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your computer to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.

Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Callahaniska: ...

Beinn Sgritheall and NW Top with road-walk to finish

Beinn Sgritheall NW Top: Summit area NW Top

Beinn Sgritheall: Summit area with shattered trig pillar

A'Chraileag [A'Chralaig]: Summit Cairn

Mullach Fraoch-choire: Summit Area

A'Chioch: View from the west

A'Chioch, A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire on a claggy day

Sgurr nan Conbhairean: As seen from A'Chioch traverse

Tory Island: Tory is a must see island

Carricklea: Long trek but worth it for the views

Slieve Donard: Mournes Daytrip: Part Vb (19/09/22)

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks, shared GPS tracks or about starting places may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
march-fixer: Track 4297 in area near Slieve Maan, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Slieve Maan to Croaghanmoira Circuit
Length: 12.4km, Creator time taken: 3h28m, Ascent: 666m,
Descent: 450m

Places: Start at T08746 87606, Slieve Maan, Slieve Maan North Top, Fananierin, Croaghanmoira North Top, Croaghanmoira, end at T09921 86497 1.6km SE from Start
Logged as completed by 1

In view of the COVID-19 warnings, we decided to pick an out of the way route that would hopefully provide plenty of solitude. However, the day was so enviting that there were throngs of walkers out on the tracks.
The starting point has sufficient space for six vehicles. Head in the excellent forest road for 1.2Km until you come to a fire break on your left. Head up this break for 200m until the saddle is reached. There is another fire break to your left heading due south west. Head along this break for 300m. The old top of Slieve Maan will be reached first but the highest point, indicated by some upright stones, is about 30m furrther on to your left in the trees.
Retrace your steps to where you entered this fire break and continue due north along the extraction track for 900m until another fire break is reached. Swing in to your right and after about 100m and you will see the non-descript Slieve Maan North Top marked by a pile of stones at the far side of the clearing.
Taking care, head north east for 200m through some mature pine forest which is not too difficult. You will meet up with another fire break. Follow this track, to the right, all the way down to join the Wicklow Way track. Head left along this track for 1Km, (should you wish, it is posible to do a side track up north west to Kelly's Lough from a point just along here), only leaving it at a sharp bend where the Wicklow Way heads left and instead head down south west to join the Military Road.
Follow the Military Road down left for 900m to reach a forest extraction road on your right. Head in here, over the bridge and turn left at the first gate along the track for 100m until you see a good track heading up south east straight up onto the saddle. On reaching the saddle, a clear track heads north east to the top of Fananierin. The views from this point are truly spectacular. Having fully enjoyed this promontory retrace you steps and head directly south west along the ridge, following a reasonably good track.
(WHY? Can someone please explain why people with morotised trail bikes love carving up these soft turf tracks. There is extensive damage all over this Fananierin to Croaghanmoira Ridge. The tyres gouge up to one foot deep into the root systems. Surely there are designated areas where they can enjoy their sport?)
At the end of this ridge it is hard to spot Croaghanmoira North Top and if you are not careful you could pass close by it just like me! At the end of the track swing left at the T-junction. Follow the well defined track up onto Croaghanmoira. Again the views from the top are hard to beat. For what it is worth, I was told that the Trig. Point here was the very first one to be installed in Ireland. Certainly from here you can easily spot Lugnaquilla and Turlough Hill.
Getting back to the start is just a matter of retracing your steps to the T-junction and continuing down to the finish point.

Uploaded on: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 (13:16:11)
To download GPS tracks you must be enrolled and logged in. See "Login or enrol", top right - quick and easy.

No comments uploaded yet.

NOTE: ALL information such as Ascent, Length and Creator time taken etc should be regarded as approximate. The creator's comments are opinions and may not be accurate or still correct.
Your time to complete will depend on your speed plus break time and your mode of transport. For walkers: Naismith's rule, an approximate though often inaccurate estimate, suggests a time of 3h 35m + time stopped for breaks
NOTE: It is up to you to ensure that your route is appropriate for you and your party to follow bearing in mind all factors such as safety, weather conditions, experience and access permission.

* Note: A GPS Height in the elevation profile is sourced from the device that recorded the track. An "SRTM" height is derived from a model of elevations for parts of the earth. More detail

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2100 Summiteers, 1400 Contributors, Monthly Newsletter since 2007