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Spinc & Wicklow Way - Glendalough
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Free to visit
Embrace the verdant beauty of Ireland’s Ancient East on this 11km loop in County Wicklow. Following mountain paths, it boasts lake views, pleasant woodland stretches and even a waterfall.

A 4 hour loop, the Spinc and Wicklow Way trail showcases much of the Glendalough area’s famed pastoral scenery. A high mountain route - the total ascent is 490m - the trail is considered strenuous.

Traversing rough mountain track and forest roads, the route ascends on a steep path by idyllic Poulanass Waterfall, up to a boardwalk. Wooden steps then lead walkers to a viewing point boasting astounding vantage points over the placid Glendalough Upper Lake.

This spectacular trail then circles under Lugduff Mountain before entering the lush mountain valley along forest road and back to your start point.

After your loop, a stop in the nearby pictorial village of Laragh is recommended for some welcome rest and refreshment.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Glendalough Trails
Very Difficult
    Time:4 hours
    Nearest town start:Laragh
    Nearest town finish:Laragh
    Start point:National Park Information Office near the Upper Lake.
    Finish point:National Park Information Office near the Upper Lake.
    Facilities:At Laragh: Car parking, shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, accommodation
    At trailhead: Car park, toilets and tea/coffee/etc. nearby
Why we like it

• Knowns as ‘the valley of the two lakes’, Glendalough is renowned for its spectacular scenery, archaeological history and wildlife diversity. On this trail the views over Glendalough Upper Lake are simply stunning.

• The boardwalk section before the turn off for Lugduff Mountain is the ideal stretch to spot deer, kestrel, merlin and raven from.

• Make sure to stop for a few moments by placid Poulanass Waterfall and the crystalline water basin beneath it.

Contact details
Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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