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Stunning views from the top of the Ridge of Capard, the boardwalk makes the walk so much easier on our decent we took the trial down to Glenbarrow waterfall. Approximately a 10km loop in total. We met no one along the route so it’s really peaceful and quiet

lovely easy walk.

came here to bike but singn in fron of car park showing not allowed to mountain bike. so i just walked. it is easy walk

Lovely walk... super busy though on a Sunday.

Beautifull walk, breathtaking views and not very difficult so perfecf for relaxing sunday

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.

Spectacular views and fabulous weather.Gets very busy as the day progresses. I couldn’t believe the amount of people who wear flip flops on this walk, you need good footwear for this walk.

Very nice trail, amazing views, yellow flowers fields in spring, I prefer to start in Greystones and walk to Bray

A wonderful hike that takes one back to medieval times. The trail markers are a bit tricky, but the app helped withthat. we saw swans and many different tupes of bird life as well as cows and sheep. May was a beautiful time of year to see many wildflowers.

Beautiful sight but pretty long

The trail is not dog friendly. We were with dog there last week and we were not allowed to hike there.

We completed the hike in 7 hours. My husband and I regularly hike mountains and even rock climb. We both found this hike to be difficult to safely navigate during the descent. We took the ladder up (3.5 hours). There was a bit of a traffic jam multiple times. Hikers above us occasionally knocked rocks downward. We enjoyed the ladder ascent. We took the O’Shea fully descent. Quite a bit of scree and a few traversing scrambles were involved in the descent. This particular trail becomes less defined after passing a small pond.

Overall, it was a beautiful hike. However, it should not be hiked without taking the appropriate precautions (map, compass, headlamp, etc). We saw a helicopter arrive while we were descending to pickup a hiker near the peak. People have died on this hike.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Follow the route start Left, finish Right. The wind can be blowing so dress appropriately.

Fantastic hike. The best we've done in Ireland, the view from the top is amazing. But also the toughest one we've ever done. We were not prepared. Don't go do it if you're not a good hiker, the way up is tough but the way down is the real tricky part and get dangerous at many points. It's easy to make a wrong move and hurt yourself really bad or even kill yourself. But if you're confident and prepared you should definitely go for it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, watch out for the scrambler bikes as there were lots of them.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views from the top in all directions

on Diamond Hill Loop

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with breathtaking views. Traffic on the trails in July and August but worth it.

Short but very steep walk affording fantastic 360° panoramic views of South Dublin and Wicklow. On a clear day you can see the mountains in Wales across the sea and the Mourne mountains to the north.

NB the last part of the climb towards the peak of the Sugarloaf is very rough and rocky underfoot, and not suitable for anyone unfit or with mobility issues.

Popular with kids.

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. A few observations:

- This trail starts on a downhill so be ready to finish on a steep uphill when you may be tired.

- You can get discreetly into Powerscourt Waterfall for free this way, but shhh, don't tell anyone ;-)

- Terrain is rough, muddy and overgrown with gorse in places, so wear decent boots and outerwear

- Trail starts off in mostly commercial, managed evergreen woods but there is lovely old, deciduous woodland at the floor of the valley

- Look out for nice distant views of Powerscourt Waterfall as you start out

- The car park closes at 4pm in winter so watch out for that. If you don't want to race the clock, there is some limited parking available on the road outside the car park; just use that.

As an escape from a multi-generation family vacation my wife and I got to sneek out for nature fun. This hike was a well needed relief. Gorgeous views easy route finding and just enough steep stuff to keep the heart rate up.(nice in January) The "ladder" part was steep and supper loose looking from below but the wet mossy rocks were extra sticky. Of course be careful but it's not as bad as it looks. The summit was as to be expected. Beautiful! Car to car took us five hours with picture stops and beer beaks. If you're in the area and get a good weather window this hike is a must. Have fun.

hiking
6 months ago

Spectacular view from the top of Diamond Hill.

I started with climbing Bray head, and walked over the cliffs to Greystones. On the end of the path you can turn right that brings you to the road where you can go to Greystones, or you can climb down the rocks for maybe 2 meters and you will find a steep wild path that will bring you to the original cliff trail. I did the last one. Then I went back by the original cliff trail to Bray. But you can also take the DART.
Personaly, I find the upper trail over the cliffs more beautiful then the original trail.

One of my favorite places on Earth, so far. I hiked the cliff walk with my daughter and it was beautiful and so peaceful. Be sure to carry a light rain jacket, since you never know when there will be a light sprinkle. I love Greystones.

great spot...great views and nice challenging walk and ideal for kids...took about 2 hours with kids

I was dead set on knocking this out while I was in Ireland and staying in Killarney. Originally I had wanted to do the horseshoe route to the east but the threat of high winds and rains did not make for a good mix on the ridge lines. The weather forecast was looking pretty miserable and included thunderstorms on the only day I would have a chance. To beat the weather I decided to be at the trail head around 4:30 am, i wanted 3:30 am but I couldn't find a taxi willing to take me out there that early (~30 euros). There are no real shuttles to the trail head at Cronin's Yard. After arriving at Cronin's Yard I headed out along the well worn rocky trail. The trail gently rises from the yard to the base of the mountain where the Devil's Ladder begins. The first light of day was already visible around 4:45 am as I left the yard. Fortunately the clouds were up near the peak and the valley was visible. Even with it raining and blowing sideways the unbelievable beauty of the lush green valley and waterfalls were a knockout. After passing between the two lakes I hit the base of the ladder and began the ascent. The devils ladder is essentially a steep chute filled with scree, talus and running water. Although the elevation and gain remind me of the Appalachians, the rugged terrain and slopes reminded me of the Rockies but covered in grass. The loose scree in the ladder would have been interesting on a dry day but the running stream that zig zagged back and forth really loosened up the material. I spent most of the climb navigating back and forth looking for larger rocks to scramble around on and to stay out of the water. I could definitely see why people regularly get hurt and even die. There are several spots where a bad foothold could result in a short fall and then a long cascading tumble. After about 45 minutes I popped out at the saddle to a herd of sheep, heavy sideways rain and high winds (~40 mph gusts). Visibility was about 50 feet (16 m) and I ended up following a sheep path to the summit. The GPS app I had made a world of difference keeping me headed towards the summit. I found the iconic cross around 6:45 am, took picture and headed down. I considered returning via Shea's but the weather was just too bad. On the way down I found the actual trail and followed it back to the ladder and descended. Descent was much more treacherous and being alone I was very careful. Overall I made it up and down in around 4:15 hours which included putting on and off jackets and rain gear.

Once back to the yard I was able to see several memorials to people who had lost their lives. There is also a nice monument to Gerard McDonnell who was the first Irishmen to summit K2, but lost his life on descent helping other distressed climbers (see The Summit documentary). I did run into three very nice french hikers that had stayed at the yard the night before and we were able to split the taxi fair back to Killarney, nice.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lovely walk close to where I stayed at Croan Cottages. I would love to do this walk daily if I lived near by.

Monday, March 27, 2017

very nice peaceful walk.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A great place to run off-road if training for an endurance event with dodgy knees! Can be prone to flooding after heavy rain but when dry it's an amazing trail

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