Great Sugar Loaf
|Great Sugar Loaf|
The Great Sugar Loaf, from the west
|Elevation||501 m (1,644 ft)|
|Topo map||OSi Discovery 56|
The Great Sugar Loaf (Irish: Ó Cualann or Beannach Mhór), also known as the Big Sugar Loaf and often as simply the Sugar Loaf, is a hill in east County Wicklow, Ireland. It is located around four miles south-west of Bray, and just to the north of the Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve. The Little Sugar Loaf is located on the opposite side of the N11 road from Dublin to Wicklow.
Though only 501 metres (1,644 ft) high, the Great Sugar Loaf's isolation from other hills, steep slopes and volcanic appearance makes it appear much taller than it is. Due to its height relative to the surrounding landscape, the hill qualifies as a Marilyn.
The Great Sugar Loaf is composed of Cambrian quartzite, in contrast to the rounded mountains to the west, which are made of Devonian granite. Popularly mistaken for a volcano, it is in fact an erosion-resistant metamorphosed sedimentary deposit from the deep sea.
The Little Sugar Loaf from the summit of the Great Sugar Loaf.
Sunrise over the Great Sugar Loaf, as seen from Glencullen, County Dublin.
The Great Sugar Loaf as seen from Powerscourt Estate.
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