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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Located in the heart of the Wicklow mountains, Glendalough is an adventurers paradise. For many city slickers, Glendalough is a playground to unwind the mind and to rewild the soul on the weekends. With so many options, we have compiled a simple list of 5 things to do in Glendalough if you are only visiting for one day.
The Wicklow National Park is massive! It is over 18 thousand hectares, consisting predominantly of heath and wild boglands. Many routes are extremely difficult to navigate and it is recommended to stick to the sign posted trails unless you are very experienced and well equipped. If, like most you are a novice hill walker, please do stick to the local walking guides for your own safety and enjoyment.
If you only have a couple of hours to blow off some steam and are looking for things to do in Glendalough, we highly recommend trying a downhill mountain biking experience. Our friends over at biking.ie have an incredible set up in Ballinastoe with plenty of trails for riders of all ages and experience.
Not exactly a big surprise here but please, please make sure to pay a visit to Glendalough and go for a walk around the upper and lower lakes and monastic city. If it is a fine day, feel free to bring a picnic and spend an afternoon gazing over the lakes watching the ducks float by.
Visiting Glendalough is truly an all-inclusive experience suitable for couples, families and dog walkers alike. If you get a chance, pop in to the Information Center located in the center of the park to get some local information about the history and wildlife of Glendalough.
If the weather takes a turn, which lets face it you’re in Ireland so it is highly likely, make sure to check out the Glendalough Distillery. When looking for things to do in Glendalough, people often forget that there are some great pubs, restaurants and distilleries in the area.
This beautiful small distillery gives visitors the opportunity to see behind the scenes and learn what goes into making an irish whiskey. Instead of being told how this happened, the guys at Glendalough Distillery provide intimate tours around the facility, along with tastings of some of their most popular whiskeys, gins and Poitín.
Steeped in traditional Irish heritage, Laragh village is only a stone throw away from Glendalough National Park. After a long day of hiking, biking or even whiskey tasting, there is nothing better than enjoying a beautifully prepared meal in one of the restaurants or pubs in Laragh village.
Our family run restaurant is located 5 minutes from Glendalough guaranteed to have something for everyone. Choose from an la carte lunch and dinner menus as well as a varied selection of daily specials with a very extensive wine list and stand alone Irish whiskey bar.
If you are visiting the Wicklow Heather, make sure to pop in to the Irish Writers Room where you will find many first editions from famous Irish writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats.
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