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Spinc & Wicklow Way - Glendalough
GlendaloughCo. Wicklow
Walking Natural landscape
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.

Please note that from September 2020 the section of this trail on forest tracks under Derrybawn Mountain is temporarily re-routed from the east side of the upper Poulanass River to the west side of the river due to tree harvesting. Please follow the diversion signs.

Also, due to Covid-19 restrictions the trail should be walked in an anti-clockwise direction only, as indicated on signage.

Trail details
Type
loop
Grade
Strenuous
Length
11km
Estimated time
4 hours
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.

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