Great Sugar Loaf

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This page is about the hill in East Wicklow. For its smaller neighbour, see Little Sugar Loaf. For the similarly named hill in West Wicklow, see Sugarloaf, West Wicklow. For other mountains of the same name, see Sugarloaf (mountain).
Great Sugar Loaf
Ó Cualann
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The Great Sugar Loaf, from the west
Elevation 501 m (1,644 ft)
Listing Marilyn
Great Sugar Loaf is located in island of Ireland
Great Sugar Loaf
Great Sugar Loaf
Location in Ireland
Location Wicklow, Ireland
Range Wicklow Mountains
Coordinates 53°9′18″N 6°9′0″W / 53.15500°N 6.15000°W / 53.15500; -6.15000Coordinates: 53°9′18″N 6°9′0″W / 53.15500°N 6.15000°W / 53.15500; -6.15000
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.

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