Park at the Glendalough Visitor Centre, where parking is chargeable and includes access to facilities. Begin this beautiful but challenging loop hike through the stunning glacial valley of Glendalough, renowned for the early Medieval monastic settlement that was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. Follow a small section of the longer 131km Wicklow Way, past the lower and upper Glendalough lakes and then climb to the South East Peak of Lugduff (2260 ft), where the mountain peaks can get snowfall during the winter months.
A well-marked, well-worn and varied trail taking in waterfalls, streams, mountains, lake views and woodland, it is predominantly gravel forest track with boardwalks, and some muddy sections. A popular spot at weekends, it is advised to arrive early, and dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.