Tour 4

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Walking Time: 4,0 hours

Distance: 12 km (7 miles)

Ascent: 320 metres (100 ft.)


We start of in Dundrum where we take the 44 bus to Enniskerry.

Here we start our walk.

Remember we are only 25 km. away from Dublin.

We are close to the civilized world, but yet in one of the most remote areas of Ireland.

We will walk up the road to the small townland of Kilmalin.

On your left you’ll see the walls of the old Powerscourt Estate as we ascend upon a steep hill of some 112 metres. On our right we will pass the local GAA club and a cromlech.


After a while you’ll notice Enniskerry Golf Course and the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens on your left. The Golf Course houses a Holy Well and a motte in its grounds.


We’ll pass through Parknasilog and past some beautiful cottages.


We’ll have beautiful views on the surrounding mountains.

Now we’ll get to Kilmalin. Alternatively, one could take the 185 bus form Bray or Enniskerry to this point.

We will follow the road to Curtlestown.


On our left we will have great views on the Great Sugar Loaf.

Great Sugar Loaf and Little Sugar Loaf are mountains beside each other in the Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow, Ireland reaching heights of 501 and 342 metres respectively. Both are inactive volcanoes.

Most notable in Curtlestown is Saint Patrick’s Church. It’s not open to the public, but you’re welcome to visit one of the daily services.


Just after the Curtlestown we’ll start following the Wicklow Way.

The Wicklow Way is a way-marked long distance walking trail in Ireland. Although called the Wicklow Way, it actually includes part of counties Dublin and Carlow. The trail is approximately 132 km long and passes through the mountains and uplands of these counties, although it tends to avoid actual summits. The northern end of the trail is at Marlay Park in Rathfarnham in south Dublin city. The southern end of the trail is in the village of Clonegal in County Carlow. The trail was planned by J. B. Malone in 1981.

The path is well marked with signs and posts.


We will follow the Wicklow Way into Curtlestown wood.

Curtlestown wood is managed by Coillte. Coillte Teoranta from Irish or The Irish Forestry Board Limited is a state-sponsored company of the Republic of Ireland that gives money grants to people who are wishing to plant forestry on their land and manages the forests owned by the Irish Government. In 1988 the company was established and it is owned by the Minister for Agriculture and Food and the Minister for Finance on behalf of the Irish Government; the company employs approximately 1,000 people and has three subsidiaries. The Coillte estate is 4,450 square kilometres of which 79% is forest; it owns 70% of forests in the state. (Official website).

After leaving Curtlestown wood and ascending upon Prince William’s Seat we will get to an area Coillte has recently cut down. The trails are hard to follow but expose the ground and some old tombs. The Wicklow Mountains were among the first areas of settlement in Ireland after the Ice Ages. Where the earth’s layers are exposed you can easily see the rich soil on the granite service. This area has rich deposits of tin, gold and silver and many artefacts have been found here. Around 2000 years ago the area became a bog land and the topsoil is dark and very soggy.


Prince William’s seat lies a little to the west of the Wicklow Way and at 555 metres yields a fine viewpoint. There is a trigonometric pillar which was used by the Ordnance Survey in the triangulation of Ireland. This was a preliminary stage in the production of Ireland’s maps when a framework of points was established on various hill tops around the country. This framework was split into triangles and by means of measuring the angles of the triangles with a theodolite, it was then possible to use trigonometry calculations to calculate coordinates for the various points within the framework.


A theodolite is an instrument for measuring both horizontal and vertical angles, as used in triangulation networks. It is a key tool in surveying and engineering work, but theodolites have been adapted for other specialized purposes in fields like meteorology and rocket launch technology. A theodolite consists of a telescope mounted movably within two perpendicular axes, the horizontal or trunnion axis, and the vertical axis. When the telescope is pointed at a desired object, the angle of each of these axes can be measured with great precision, typically on the scale of arc seconds.

The transit refers to a specialized type of theodolite that was developed in the early 19th century. It featured a telescope that could "flop over" ("transit the scope") to allow easy back-sighting and doubling of angles for error reduction. Some transit instruments were capable of reading angles directly to thirty arc-seconds. In the middle of the 20th century, transits came to be known as a simple form of theodolite with less precision, lacking features such as scale magnification and mechanical meters. The importance of transits is waning since compact, accurate electronic theodolites have become widespread tools, but transits still find use as a lightweight tool for construction sites. Some transits do not measure vertical angles.

Much of this work was carried out in the 1800’s. Sometimes observations were taken at night with large bonfires on the summits so that the surveyors could sight on hills a great distance away.

Prince William’s seat is covered in fern and heather beds which protect the wildlife here. It is not uncommon to see deer, foxes, badgers or ravens here.

Ravens are great birds of the open country side and can be seen almost anywhere along our route. They are large members of the Crow family with massive beaks and tend to be seen in small groups of 2 to 3 birds. You will often hear their distinctive voice. (cro-akk, cro-akk) The tail is large and wedge shaped and the raven is quite acrobatic in flight.

The smaller hills that are passed on our right are called Ravens Rock and Carrickaspinkeen. These are two rocky tors. Tors are formed in granite when a series of horizontal/vertical cracks are present. The rock tends to weather and split along these lines of weakness leaving larger isolated blocks of more solid rock as freestanding tors. Carrickaspinkeen comes from the Irish word for tor “carraig” and the Irish for a sharp ridge “spinc”.

A tor is a type of rock outcrop formed by weathering, usually found on or near the summit of a hill. In the South West of England, where the term originated, it is also a word used for the hills themselves – particularly the high points of Dartmoor, in Devon, and Bodmin Moor, in Cornwall. The word Tor is also used across the Bristol Channel in southern Wales, particularly on the rocky coastlines such as the Vale of Glamorgan and the Gower Peninsula; on the Gower one of the sandy beaches near Oxwich Bay is called 'Tor Bay' because the beach is framed by a huge outcrop of carboniferous limestone. The term is notable for being, along with crag, one among a mere handful of Celtic loan-words (Old Welsh twrr, Scots Gaelic tòrr), primarily of a geographic or topographical nature, to be borrowed into vernacular English prior to the modern era.

There’s a really well preserved cairn at the top of Prince William’s seat.

We will enter Glencullen forest on Glencullen Mountain now. We will have nice views of the valley below shaped by the Glencullen River. This area is once heavily farmed by megalithic people and has been farmed extensively until the Great Famine when Glencullen was completely deserted. A lot of old ruins of cottages can be seen as well as the remains of old borreens, walls and stone quarries.

We’ll follow the road through Boranaraltry and into Glencullen.


Glencullen is a townland in the civil parish of Kiltiernan, in the barony and Poor Law Union of Rathdown in Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown County. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown is located to the south-east of the City of Dublin, and has its administrative centre in the town of Dún Laoghaire. In 1994, the area of the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire, the Deansgrange Joint Burial Board and the south-east part of County Dublin were merged to create the county of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The motto on the heraldic crest for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown reads "Ó Chuan go Sliabh" meaning "From the Harbour to the Mountain". The crown in the shield is that of King Laoghaire, the High King of Ireland in the fifth century, who resided in the area.


Standing Stone

Glencullen has an important standing stone. It's located near Johnny Fox's Pub.

Grid Reference: O 191 203
GPS Reference: O 19120 20275 (7m)
OS Sheet: 50
Longitude: 6°13‘0.11“W
Latitude: 53°13‘11.2“N
Nearest Town: Bray (7.3km)



There is a Bronze Age wegde tomb on the south eastern slope of Two Rock Mountain. It is a rectangular chamber divided into three parts surrounded by a U shaped double walled kerb filled with stones. The tomb was excavated in the 1940's when a cremated bone, a polished stone hammer, flints and pottery were found. You can find if from Kiltiernan you take the Glencullen road, turn right at Johnny Fox's Pub, you will come to Glencullen golf course on your left hand side. The tomb is in the woods on the far side of the course about a hundred feet in from the gravel track that surrounds the woods.


Johnny Fox's Pub

Johnny Fox's Pub (also spelled as Johnnie Fox's Pub) was established in 1798, the year of the Irish Rebellion led by Theobald Wolfe Tone, which makes it one of the oldest pubs in Ireland. It claims to be the highest pub in Ireland and there's no proof it isn't. It was used by the 1916 Rebellion-leaders as a meeting place. It is renowned for its nice atmosphere, its great seafood dishes and live traditional music.


Golf Course

Glencullen has



The part-time library is housed in a Carnegie building, dating back to 1907. It's opened on:

  • Monday: 7.00-9.00
  • Tuesday: 3.00-5.00
  • Wednesday: 7.00-9.00
  • Thursday: 3.00-5.00
  • Friday: 7.00-9.00

It's closed on Saturday and Sunday.



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