Lugnaquilla ‘Lug’ Mountain, Glenmalure and Cloghernagh Loop Walk, Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Wicklow
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance21.11 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude148 m
  • Peak917 m
  • Climb780 m
  • Descent781 m

The Lugnaquilla Mountain from Glenmalure Loop Walk is a strenuous but rewarding 6 hour (15 km) walking route to the summit of the ever popular Lugnaquilla Mountain (925m) from Glenamalure and returning via Cloghernagh (800m). Although not the shortest route to Lugnaquilla (meaning Hollow of the Wood), it is one of the most scenic and rewarding with panoramic views over the Wicklow Mountains, Glen of Imaal, Glendalough and Glenmalure and views further afield to the Blessington Lakes and if your lucky, across the Irish Sea to the hills of the Llŷn Peninsula and mountains of Snowdonia in Wales and south west to the mountains of Munster.  See our Lugnaquilla walking route map and trail profile at the bottom of the page and don't forget to take the Lugnaquilla Mountain walking route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, Glenmalure, Lughnaquilla, Irish Air Corps
Lugnaquilla Mountain, Wicklow Mountains in Winter, Ireland by Irish Air Corps

Lugnaquilla is the 13th highest mountain in Ireland and is very accessible from Dublin City with 3 popular routes to the summit from Glenmalure (this route), Aghavannagh and the Glen of Imaal (shortest route). Lugnaquilla is flanked on two sides by steep glacial corries called North Prison and South Prison. This route starts in the Glenmalure Valley car park close to the nearby hostel and passes the dramatic cliffs of Fraughan Rock Glen and from there takes a short but steep route to the mountain summit. On your return you will pass over Cloghernagh mountain (800m) before descending through lovely woodland before meeting the road where you will turn left and walk to the car park.  Other descent Routes can be seen here. Other Walks Nearby include:

Lugnaquilla Mountain (The Lug), Leinsters highest at 924m and Irelands second highest, sits in the Wicklow countryside, displaying its snow covered peak. 4/3/2006. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Lugnaquilla Mountain (The Lug) at 925m Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

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Glenmalure Valley, Lugnaquilla Mountain Walk Trail, Co Wicklow. Image Peter Murray Irelands Best Walks
Glenmalure Valley - Lugnaquilla Mountain Walk. Photo by Peter Murray

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Plan your walk by checking the weather, sunrise sunset times and our hiking checklist on our website Please remember that you are only as fast as the slowest member of your group! If the weather is poor don't be afraid to cancel your walk and do some other walk, maybe a low level walk.

Use our Map of Ireland and Sat Nav tool to get directions to the start point and our detailed maps and GPS on our ActiveME iPhone App and Android App to find and follow the walking route live on screen and keep on track. Lughnaquilla is notoriously featureless on its summit and in times of cloud and fog, visibility can become an navigation issue. At all times, our maps and App should only be used in conjunction with proper map and compass navigation techniques.