Derrybawn Mountain, Wicklow Mountains – Guest Post

Thanks to Caitriona and Tara from Scenic Irish Walks for offering this as a guest post. They are planning a hike every Sunday in 2019 and you can follow them at

Enjoy the post below on Derrybawn mountain, Wicklow.

Difficulty – Moderate to Hard.

Time – 3 hr.

Equipment needed – Rain gear, hiking boots, hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, water, snacks.

Families: Not suitable for buggies or young children.

Rating – 5 stars.

This is our favourite walk of 2019 so far. There were beautiful views all along the way. We parked in the first Glendalough carpark to start this walk. We followed way markers for the initial part of the walk and then went off the trail to climb Derrybawn. Although it was very busy at the carpark, we were the only people on Derrybawn – awesome. This was a real adventure. We had to navigate using OSI maps and google maps. It was a challenging walk heading up to the summit, but doable at the same time. If we were to do this walk again, we’d do it in reverse – we did a fair bit of unnecessary meandering at the beginning.

Our planned route
The route we actually did wasn’t the best one
The way we should have done this walk
Beautiful views all around us
The trail
Just Tara and Caitriona on this one
At the top of Derrybawn

Bray Strand & Bray Head – Drone Photos

More great photos from Anthony Kelly (Instagram @miamikelly30), this time of Bray Head and the stand.

If you get a chance to pop out to Bray, take a walk along the strand or a short hike up Bray Head.  There is also a great cliff-walk from Bray to Greystones, check out a previous post on this here bray-to-greystones-cliffwalk


Druids Glen Hotel – Walking Trial

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow  is a fantastic place to visit and offers its own walking trail.

The walking trail is about 4km starting at the hotel to the Woodstock House. The trail goes along the edge of the golf course itself and the scenary is great. See photos below, enjoy.




Devils Glen

The Devils Glen is a nice easy walk about 1 hour outside of Dublin. Park in the carpark highlighted below and follow the trail through the woods to the waterfall. Keep an eye out of the sculptures and quotes along the trail. In the early 19th century, before the Vartry Reservoir was built in the mountains above, the river came through the glen in full uninhibited majesty, its roaring in throes of flood so loud that locals said the Evil One was howling for sinners down there. 20130519_161759 map

Car park location.

The Wicklow Gap

The beautiful Wicklow Gap (R756). Take a drive or even a cycle over the rural mountain landscape.  The Wicklow Gap road goes from Hollywood near the N81 about 10km from Blessington to the village of Laragh near Glendalough.




Great Sugar Loaf Climb (Short Route)

If you are looking for a reasonably short climb with a great view then you must visit the Great Sugar Loaf (often just called the Sugar Loaf). The Great Sugar Loaf (Beannach Mhór) is located in County Wicklow, south of Bray.IMG_3819

It’s roughly 30-40 minutes drive from Dublin. The short route starts at the car park at the base of the hill (link to car park @ 53.144442, -6.154727) and the climb up and down takes about 1 hour in total.  From the top you have a great view of Bray, Greystones and Dun Laoghaire. On a clear day (like we have in the pictures) you can see Howth Head also.

Just be aware that the path up has lots of loose rocks and you have to climb a bit of rock in the end. There is a longer hike up to this hill but we will cover that another day. Our pictures were taken on a cold January afternoon. Enjoy!

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Bray to Greystones Cliffwalk

The Bray to Greystones Cliffwalk is a fantastic walk along the coast. There is a well kept path that is quite popular. It can be walked in both directions but if you only fancy going one way just take the DART back. We parked in Bray, walked to Greystones and got the DART back.  From the Bray side it starts just after the Bray Head Hotel. Parking is limited here so grab some parking along the beach.

Grade: Moderate, the route is marked with Red arrows
Distance: 7km
Estimated time: 2.5hrs
Total height climbed: 130m
Highest point: 100m
Terrain underfoot: Footpath

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