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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm
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Climbing the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Dublin

As a result of Dublin’s tendency towards rain, locals always take advantage of a sunny day. Whether it is taking a hike along the sea or grabbing a sunny chair outside of a pub, Dubliners know how to enjoy the sun. One of my favorite ways of enjoying a sunny day is from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. A strong feature of the landscape just south of Dublin City Centre, many visitors don’t know that it is actually a fairly easy climb, and that the views from the top are extremely rewarding.

Start out your day by packing a picnic. The hike to the top of the Sugar Loaf will take approximately one hour to 1 1/2 hours, and you won’t want to be in a rush back down once you reach the top. There are many places in town to find a gourmet sandwich, and if you’re feeling festive, bring along a small bottle of wine to celebrate your hike. The views from the top of the Sugar Loaf are definitely worth raising a glass!

Unfortunately, you will need a rental car and a good map to reach the mountain. While many other walks and hikes in Dublin can be reached on the DART train, a rental car is essential to reach the two-lane country road where this hike begins. To climb the mountain, take the R755 from Kilmacanogue towards Roundwood. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you round the bend to find a few cars parked at the side of the road and see a break in the fence with a well-worn path leading up to the mountain.

Most of the ‘climb’ is a steep walk up to the Sugar Loaf. Wear good footwear and be prepared to climb over rocks and avoid some puddles and mud. The last 10 minutes of the climb will require a bit of actual climbing, you will need to use your hands to help yourself up over the final rocks, but it’s nothing that many local families and kids don’t conquer each weekend. Once you reach the top, the views are stunning in all directions. You can look north back towards Dublin, see the entirety of Dublin Bay, and the surrounding countryside as well. Remember to bring your camera to capture these sights!

The top of the mountain is flat and wide enough for a picnic, so spread out and enjoy the views. If you plan this hike on the weekend, be prepared to share the hike with many families and even a dog or two. Of course, the climb back down is much faster than the ascent, but be careful as the rocks can be slippery if it has rained.

There’s a lot of adventure to be discovered right on Dublin’s doorstep. If you feel the urge to escape the crowds of the center of the city, you will love the expansive views from the peak of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. 

Photo Credit: Jessica Colley

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