Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland.
Tonelagee – Heart Shaped Lake
Date: July 17th 2021
Price: €25 – Includes: Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
HilltopTreks Members – Free
Meeting: Lynham’s of Laragh at 11:00am
Pickup: (Limited Spaces) Maldron Hotel, Tallaght: 9:45am or Luas Balally (Dundrum): 10:00am
Type: Moderate / Strenuous
Time: Approx 4hrs, length: approx 10Km, ascent: 470m
Terrain: Open Mountains Trails and tracks.
About The Walk:
This walk takes us right into the heart of the Wicklow gap and starts at the spectacular Glenmacnass Waterfall.
Walking North East we cross the Glenmacnass river. We will immediately start to climb once we have crossed the river although the incline isn’t too steep.
This peak offers fantastic views of the Valley below us and Lugnaquilla (the highest mountain in Wicklow) to our left. From here we walk east along the ridge of Tonlegee and over to the Seven Churches crossing the old pilgrimage trail of St Kevin.
Below us from the peak sits the beautiful heart-shaped lake Ouler.
What to expect: Views of Lough Ouler and from the summit we should have 360 views of the Wicklow Mountains National park.
How to get there: If your coming from Dublin take the M50 and the N11. Take the turn of at Kilmacanogue for Roundwood / Glendalough. Follow this road for approx 20Km through Roundwood and Annamoe until you reach Laragh. Lyhnams is just on you’re left as you enter Laragh. There is parking around the side and back of the hotel.
Allow yourself at least an hour for travel time.
Calendar of upcoming Guided Walks and Hikes
Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland with Hilltoptreks.
As we are based in Dublin, many of our day walks take place in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Anyone is more than welcome to join us on our walks. You don’t have to be a member of the Hilltoptreks walking Club although there are great benefits with becoming a member.
Transport for our Guided walks and hikes.
We have transport available for most if not all our walks with handy pickup locations for most people from Dublin.
About Our Guided Walks and Hikes:
Our guided walks and hikes are generally between 3-4hrs which includes time for a bite to eat and taking in the wonderful scenery. Many of the walks take place based within an hour’s drive or less from Dublin.
The walks take place in places like the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, Blessington and the Dublin hills.
We also organise guided walks and hikes further afield like a day trip to the Mountains of Mournes, The Cooleys mountains near Carlingford, or the Slieve Blooms.
Fitness and experience:
On the guided walks and hikes there are generally a mixture of fitness and experience levels. Some people walk with the club regularly and others when they can. We do not split up our groups into different levels. We just walk at a pace that is suitable to the group at the time. This gives everyone a chance to enjoy the day, its not a race, its more a social and relaxing exercise with wonderful scenery.
We do however specify on all our guided walks and hikes the level of walk it will be such as easy, moderate or strenuous.
Easy Walk: Between 5Km – 8Km, Incline not above 200m, 1 – 3hrs, mainly on the flat with some small inclines, (example Coastal walk Bray to Greystones)
Moderate Walk: Between 8Km – 12km, Incline not above 500m, 2– 4hrs, mixed terrain of track and hill. (example Maulin and Powerscourt Waterfall)
Strenuous Walk: Between 8Km – 16km, Incline 400+m, 3– 5hrs, mixed terrain of track and open mountainside, some steep ground (example Lugnaquillia or Carrauntoohil).
Hill Walking is becoming a very popular activity for people in Ireland to do. It is a very social activity and proven to benefit you both physically and mentally. There are also wonderful parts of Ireland to explore by walking and hiking. From the rolling hills of Wicklow to sharp rugged mountains of Kerry.
So, for whatever reason you wish to join us on any of our guided walks and hikes you are more than welcome.
Look forward to seeing you on the hills soon.
Check out our list on what to bring for your walk during the summer and winter months on our Blog
What to Bring for a Day Walk:
Typical list of gear for a day on the Hills.
- Walking Boots
- Walking Trousers (not Jeans, when they get wet, they stay wet and heavy)
- Base Layer – T-shirt, long sleeve (non cotton)
- Mid layer – Fleece
- Outer Layer – Jacket (waterproof, light and breathable)
- Walking socks
- Backpack (25L) 25 litres is generally a good size and should hold all your gear.
- Hat and gloves (winter or cold day)
- Snack and hot drink
- Small personal first aid kit.
Review of Hilltoptreks
Reviewed August 13, 2020
A wonderful evening spend in the hills above Dublin with Terry and team exploring the old lead mine stacks and old graveyards. also very much enjoyed our return journey where Gillian shared all her interesting knowledge of wildflowers and herbs. A great evening
Date of experience: July 2020