Adventure Trails – The Spinc Glendalough

The Spinc in Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most well-known and Instagrammed hikes. Simply search the #thespinc if you don’t believe us! The reason for this is quite simple – the hike itself is part of the white route in Glendalough National Park and is considered ‘moderate’ depending on weather conditions and usually takes between 1.5 hours and 3.5 hours depending on how far you go along the route. 

This famous hiking trail sees hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, all looking to grab the perfect photo or peaceful moment overlooking the beautiful lakes and valley beneath. This route consists of predominantly boardwalk, with some rocky road and forest trails leading you up to the main climb.

If you do plan on doing full length of the Spinc in Glendalough, make sure to bring water and some snacks as the full route is 9km long. The total height you will climb is 380m with the highest point being 500m. It is recommended that you bring suitable footwear, keep dogs on a leash at all times and make sure to stick to the trails. 

If you are interested in trying out this hike and are looking for directions to Glendalough, make sure to check out a previous post we published with tips and information about transport to Glendalough. If you are looking for other things to do in Glendalough, check out our previous post with some ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Spinc in Glendalough?

Depending on how far you go and of course how quickly you hike, it will take about 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours. The full route is 9km.

Can you bring dogs on the hike?

Absolutely. Bring your pooch along for the adventure but please make sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times, clean up after them if they make a mess and bring some water as they will get thirsty after the big climb.

What gear do I need for the Spinc in Glendalough?

This varies depending on the weather conditions. It is recommended to wear suitable hiking boots and bring a rucksack with some waterproofs just in case it rains. Like most hikes, a spare pair of clothes and some snacks are always recommended, along with a fully charged phone just in case.

Can I turn around if I get tired?

Yes, that is no problem at all. The Spinc consists mainly of boardwalks, with traffic passing both ways. Please always be mindful and stand in if there is a group of people coming your way, it is courtesy for hikers on a descent to give right of way to walkers on the ascent.