Luggala

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Luggala
Log an Lágh
Lough Tay.jpg
Luggala behind Lough Tay.
Elevation 595 m (1,952 ft)
Pronunciation / lʌɡəˈlɑː/
Irish: [ ˈl̪ˠɔɡ ə ˈl̪ˠaː ]
Location
Location County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Range Wicklow Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid O178103
Coordinates 53°06′21″N 6°17′01″W / 53.10583°N 6.28361°W / 53.10583; -6.28361
Topo map OSi Discovery 56
Climbing
Easiest route Wicklow Way, from R759 north

Luggala (Irish: Log an Lágh, meaning "hollow of the hill"), also called Fancy Mountain (from Irish Fuinnse, meaning "ash tree"),[1][2][3] is a 595 metres (1,952 ft) mountain in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. Its cliffs are situated above a lake, Lough Tay, and are a popular location for rock climbing.

Luggala is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) southwest of Dublin.

Luggala Estate[edit]

The mountain forms a part of the 25 km2 (9.7 sq mi) Luggala Estate (also known as the Guinness Estate), which is owned by wealthy arts patron Garech Browne, a member of the Guinness family. The buildings on the estate, including the luxurious Luggala Lodge (aka "Luggala Castle"), are rented commercially year-round.[4][5] The estate has been used as the location of some major films, including Zardoz and Excalibur, as well as the historical drama television series Vikings.

Rock climbing[edit]

The granite crag on Luggala has been popular with rock climbers ever since the first routes were established by members of the Irish Mountaineering Club in 1949. It is, however, not as popular as Glendalough, despite being of comparable quality and size, and closer to Dublin. The current guidebook, published in 2009, lists 188 routes; grades go up to E5 and lengths up to 160 metres (520 ft), but 60 metres (200 ft) (two pitches) at HVS/5a is fairly typical. The climbing is generally good quality, with excellent friction, but the routes can often follow meandering lines and be hard to find. Protection varies; in accordance with Irish climbing ethics, bolts are not used.[6]

The crag can be approached through the main entrance of the Luggala Estate, skirting the lakeshore.[clarification needed] However, many climbers, not wishing to intrude on the residents' privacy, prefer to approach from the high-level road at the back of the mountain, doing a short uphill hike before descending a gully to the base of the crag.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Luggala
  3. ^ KaraNagai.com : Lough Dan
  4. ^ Luggala Lodge
  5. ^ Mark Keenan (2014-03-14). "€80,000 per month...the real price of disappearing". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  6. ^ Lyons, Joe and Fenlon, Robbie (1993). Rock Climbing Guide to Wicklow. Mountaineering Council of Ireland. ISBN 978-0-902940-11-6. [dead link]

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