Explore the most popular Rock Climbing trails in Ireland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

11 days ago

(Correction as to location- this is near Carlingford NOT Castlebellingham.) Easy trials with great views, and some hidden side paths which offer a larger variety of terrain. Dogs are welcome on the lower trails, but pay attention to signs where dogs are not allowed, as free roaming sheep are in those areas, and farmer, being protective of their sheep, take loose dogs very seriously, especially during lambing season.

Great views, difficult but well worth it. Coming down devil's ladder is abit dodgy in places but take time it's fine.

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rocky
16 days ago

great hike.

Amazing views but not easy for beginners. Took us about 6 hours to complete (possibly more with breaks). Scambling and sometimes almost climbing needed towards the end of the Devil's Ladder, but totally doable as this was my first mountain hike:) We decided to go down through the Zig-Zags.

Great hike on Sunday 5th May 2019. Unbelievable views all the way up the devil's ladder on a sunny day. Went up and down the devil's ladder. Challenging but worth it!

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20 days ago

Takes about 45 mins to ascend, depending on who’s with you. Ideal to do with kids. Glorious views.

One of the most incredible hike we have ever had. It's absolutely more then we expected. I tooks 6 hours for us up and down, special boots are really necessary. The view on the top is breathtaking.. You can see all Killarney, Atlantic ocean and other mountains. Highly recommended.

Nice short walk suit all levels. family's will enjoy this nice little Intro to trail walking. Views of Dublin Bay and surrounding areas are a delight when weather allows.

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1 month ago

Its a relatively short and offers great 360 views from the top... hills and country and ocean views. Free parking down below. we didnt want to take our kiddos up the least little bit to the very top because it gets quiet a bit steeper and there is a lot of loose rock.

Excellent hike went in reverse and tackled the devil's ladder going up as the view coming down the other side is nothing short of breathtaking.

This was a reconnaissance mission for our Charity Event 4peakschallenge2019 in June. Couldn’t have had a nicer day for the climb. A few new variables to contend with on this hike... “The Devils Ladder” but a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We were hampered with cloud cover at the summit but caught a few amazing vistas with some breaks in the clouds

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rocky
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1 month ago

Beautiful views! Up devils ladder was a fun scramble worth the challenge. Wouldn’t recommend doing this in rainy conditions as there is clay at the top section with a massive drop down if you were to slip. At the top of the summit we continued down the loop trail. You DEFINITELY need good hiking boots. You may consider a potentially easier climb down by walking back down the summit the way you came, go past devils ladder and then take the other mountain loop home. Continuing on the trail from the summit was a great trail but would not recommend in conditions other than fair to sunny days.

It was a definite challenge for me. I convinced myself that my fitness level from 2 years ago would carry me through. It did, but barely. We went with Kerry Climbing. We had a great guide. It was such a personal triumph and the views were spectacular. Its called devil's ladder for a reason people, lol. Really enjoyed it. I ll defo try again with a more moderate level of fitness. Gloves, hats and plenty of chocolate are needed.

Incredibly beautiful hike. We hiked in mid March and the devils ladder was like climbing up a small waterfall aka absolutely amazing. Definitely some loose and slick rock, but amazing views. Be aware of clouds/fog on top, but if you get a nice day it’s an amazing hike. We hiked up and down the ladder since we knew the route and were confident in our directions

2 months ago

great hike . we set out from town though the village and up . took about 1 hour 45 up but cloud came in just at top so headed back down . made a long return through the tain way . great walk and a great town with pints

Great hiking One side( right) steep and a little more difficult , but we’re protect from the hard wind . Going down , on a easier way . Also rainy , partially fog and windy day. But worth a lot the gorgeous journey . It’s possible to do the hiking just t’ll the lakes , around 2h round trip .

Beautiful views of rugged terrain and herds of sheep throughout the hike.

7 months ago

Awesome, steep, great views from the get go!

Beautiful hike and really worth it! Views over the Killarney lakes from the top are amazing. If you are a good hiker and used to going up mountains/volcanoes, this hike is fairly easy. A lot of loose rocks, so better not to do it in wet weather and better to do it with trekking poles, but nothing that feels like a strong workout. And I’d say, taking your time, being careful with the terrain and with good gear, really accessible to all sorts of hikers.

Wonderfull views & the winds felt amazing. Short but intense a great way to get warmed up for the other Wicklow Trails.

Amazing hike. I did this hike with my boyfriend, both of us are quite serious outdoorsy people and love Ireland (he's from IE) so this was a great trip for the two of us. Whole thing took about 4 hours, we went during a hurricane last October, it was stormy but dry on ascent, just before summit it started pouring and didn't stop for the duration. Be prepared to scramble, climb and get soaked. Rain wear, hiking boots and hiking poles are advised.

8 months ago

went from carlingford to long woman's grave. walked up over sleive foye. great views of the bay and the Mourne mountains. trekked over to long woman's grave. bit of a climb in places. very boggy but best of views

Had not done this for years.... but it was well worth it again.. But OMG the wind, that and the scenery took my breath away.

Great views if you’re lucky with weather. Took us four hours. Rescue helicopter came and pulled someone off of mountain while we were finishing.

Ahhhh, the faeries, no doubt!

Tough trail. You'll want to be confident in your hand and foot work for this trail. Ideally, wait for the weather to turn clear on the mountain - we went on a cloudy day and it was all wet above Devil's ladder. The ladder isn't especially difficult for a seasoned scrambler, but it's high consequence due to the exposure, and can easily become soaked in rainy or cloudy conditions. Be very careful and choose your descent path on the ladder well. Pack or wear a rain jacket and a lunch for the summit, since you'll want to leave early. Dogs not welcome on this trail.

This was an amazing hike with beautiful views. You need to make sure that you are prepared physically and mentally for this hike. It is difficult--take your time and stay safe! I definitely underestimated the amount of loose rocks. We also sawany mountian rescue vehicles and the Irish coast guard out during out hike to rescue someone.

Monday, May 21, 2018

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