I went walking yesterday with Michael Gallagher and Izzy Jack from UCD and Niall Connolly, Gwen Murphy and Pål Antonsen from Trinity. We climbed Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in Wicklow and the highest outside Kerry. I’ve already climbed Slieve Donard in County Down, the highest in Ulster, so with Lugnaquilla that makes the highest peaks in two of the four provinces. But none of this counting matters really. The day began extremely cold and windy but the weather improved throughout the day. The wind at the top was severe, but everyone made it down again with all five fingers and toes.
We went up via the Glen of Imaal. The route runs along the end of an Irish Army artillery range, so we had to ring ahead first to check they weren’t firing. Judging from the reputation of the other popular ascent (from Fraughen Rock Glen and Glenmalure) this is definitely the easiest way to do it (although not without some steep bits, but nothing you can’t handle if you take it slowly).
Anyway, here are some pictures