Lugnaquilla

– Summit Leinster’s tallest mountain!

The name Lugnaquilla comes to us from the Irish language; Log na Coille means “hollow of the wood”. The mountain reaches to  a height of 925 metre above sea level. It is the highest peak of the Wicklow Mountains range, the highest in the province of Leinster, and the 2nd highest peak in all Ireland. Views on a clear day extend east across the Irish Sea to the hills of the Llŷn Peninsula and mountains of Snowdonia in Wales and west to the mountains of Munster.

Its proximity to Dublin ensures that Lugnaquilla is a frequently climbed mountain. The three popular approaches are from Fenton’s Pub in the Glen of Imaal, Glenmalure and Aghavannagh. Lugnaquilla is a bulky mountain, with a large plateau-type summit, bounded on two sides by steep glacial corries called “North Prison” and “South Prison”. The route we use from Glenmalure brings us up near the top of the Genmalure valley, the longest glacial valley in Ireland and the UK. The journey up through the Fraughan Rock Glen provides spectacular views of the Wicklow Mountain range as well as getting us up close to both the South and North Prisons.

Our hike leads are all qualified Mountain Leaders, with current First Aid certification and a good knowledge of the Leave No Trace principles. They will look after your safety, point out items of interest and any hazards, advise you about gear and food and generally ensure you get the most from this wonderful walking experience. Cost for the hike lead accompanying you on your ascent of Lugnaquilla is €55 per walker.

Contact us now to find out more or make a booking.

We carry an appropriate level of public liability insurance to cover our activities and all walkers are advised to review their personal accident insurance before they set out walking. To ensure your enjoyment and safety we apply minimum and maximum group numbers on all of our activities.

Ireland enjoys a temperate climate and our weather is affected on a daily basis as much by the speed and direction of the wind as by the season of the year. This means that we don’t experience extremes of temperature but the weather can be quite changeable from day to day and on occasion this may lead to some alterations to planned routes.

Why not stay a few days in the wonderful Glenmalure valley while you are here? Accommodation is available at Wilderness Lodge from €30 per person. Breakfast and dinner are available in the Glenmalure Lodge just a few steps up the road. You can organise a packed lunch to suit your own dietary requirements and preferences with ingredients from the local shop.

Check out Wilderness Activities Ireland for information about events and explorations in the Wicklow Mountains.