Great Sugarloaf

Wicklow Mountains

At 503m it's nowhere near Wicklow's highest summit, but the Great Sugarloaf is one of the most distinctive hills in Ireland, its conical peak visible for many kilometres around. The mountain towers over the small village of Kilmacanogue, on the N11 about 35km south of Dublin, and can be climbed from a car park on the L1031 minor road (off the R755 road, 7.5km south of Enniskerry). It's a steep but straightforward hike (one hour return).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Wicklow Mountains attractions

1. Powerscourt Waterfall

2.57 MILES

On the southern edge of the Powerscourt Estate, 6km south of Powerscourt House, is this picturesque waterfall. At 121m it's the highest in Ireland (though…

2. Powerscourt Estate

2.64 MILES

Wicklow's most visited attraction is this magnificent 64-sq-km estate, whose main entrance is 500m south of Enniskerry. At the heart of it is an elegant…

3. Killruddery House & Gardens

2.76 MILES

A stunning mansion in the Elizabethan Revival style, Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon family (the earls of Meath) since 1618 and has one of the…

4. Sea Life

4.03 MILES

Resident marine creatures at the only aquarium on Ireland's east coast include sharks, rays, eels, tropical and cold-water fish, piranhas, octopuses,…

5. Brave Maeve Story Trail


Along Bray's seafront promenade, this kids' walking trail links up five brightly coloured murals created by children's author and illustrator Chris Judge…

6. Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

6.74 MILES

At the head of the Glencree Valley, this cemetery is dedicated to the 134 German servicemen who died in Ireland during WWI and particularly WWII. Many of…

7. Dalkey Island


Dalkey Island's main sight is St Begnet's Holy Well, but it's also a popular spot for fishing, with shoals of pollock, mackerel and coalfish feeding in…

8. St Begnet's Holy Well

8.63 MILES

Dalkey Island, only a few hundred metres offshore, is home to St Begnet’s Holy Well, the most important of Dalkey’s so-called holy wells. This one is…