2,291 f
394 f
12.68 mi

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near Laragh, Leinster (Ireland)

Mullacor and Lugduff
I’m keeping these summaries short as I’m on a two month tour of Ireland and there’s a lot of hills to hike and therefore lots of entries.
All mapping used are view ranger digital OS 1:50 or 1:25. You will get the best results by uploading my wikiloc gpx giles into this mapping software.
Parking for this route was at the church car park in Laragh village. Nobody there to ask at the time but it was completely empty and room for around twenty cars.
Anyway the hike, just follow the gpx trail to the woollen mills on the outskirts of town. Head through the mills on a track and not long after (400m) there’s a distinct trail heading off left (south) at a junction. It goes steeply uphill and was very wet. It also followed a fence line. You cross the forest track once and then shortly after you come out on another forest track and turn right (west).
This is a good track and you follow it as it loops around Derrydawn mountain. We left the track on finding an indistinct track that took us to the top of the said mountain and carried on heading SW for 2km until we hit a fence. Going over this we followed a good trail/boardwalk west up-to Mullacor. The views were good but not spectacular.
After Mullacor you head NW uphill to Lugduff, again on good trails. Both these summits only have cairns and they seemed to be at the highest points unlike the peakbagger website summits!?!
Coming down off Lugduff we came down steeply on a NE heading losing a lot of height. This was open country and tussocky and we saw a lot of deer.
After about half an hour we got to edge of Glendalough valley hitting the main tourist boardwalk system, which is a considerable building achievement.
We simply followed this pathway with scores upon scores of tourists East high above the upper lake before descending sharply into The Valley between the upper and lower lakes. This latter section was quite beautiful and the views of Glendalough valley were superb.
Once we hit The Valley floor we headed for the tourist information centre and the coffee shop at the nearby hotel. We made sure we passed through the gorgeous must see monastic ruins on the way. I stopped the gps here but we did walk back to Laragh village after a good coffee stop.
All in all a cold, windy at times but beautiful all round 19.5kms done with a surprising 965m of ascent done in 5hrs 49min. A great hike with a mixture of everything. A cloudy so so start but a sunny finish. The boardwalk section and the ruins just gave the second half of the walk a bit of zing!
All statistics are taken from my Garmin watch.


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