Military Road – Arklow to Dublin Directions
0 to 10km
Cycle out of the train station and go straight ahead at the exit of the station car park until you reach a t-junction with Main Street. Turn left and go up the hill to the roundabout.
Take the third exit (on your right) signed for Aughrim. Follow this road [5km marker], the R747, for 6.7km until you cross a wide stone bridge and reach the large Woodenbridge Hotel directly ahead.
Follow the sign for Aughrim and take a left here to stay on the R747.
10 – 20km
This road is by far the quickest way to Aughrim. The hilly terrain means that other routes by backroads are far harder.
In 7.3km you come to Aughrim. Take a right, following the sign for the town centre, and cross the bridge.
After crossing the bridge, turn right, and take the next left a few metres later. You begin [15km marker] a long, gradual climb uphill.
20 – 30km
6.4km from Aughrim you reach the first crossroads at the top of the climb. Left and right both go uphill. Take the left. This winds around [25km marker] a mountainous forested area before descending to the road to Aghavannagh.
When you join that, keep straight and soon you are in the small village. First climb done.
Aghavannagh is a few houses at a t-junction. Turn right at the junction, signed for Glenmalure, to begin the Slieve Maan climb.
30 – 40km
It begins very steeply before easing off. It’s one of the quietest climbs in the Wicklow Mountains. The descent to Glenmalure is steep [35km marker]. You go through a crossroads and immediately begin another climb.
Glenmalure Pass is steep and unforgiving, but not too long. There is a small stone memorial to the famous Irish cyclist Shay Elliott near the top, on the right side of the road.
The pass is affectionately called The Shay Elliott among Irish cyclists.
40 – 50km
At the end of the descent [45km marker] you join the R755. Turn left and cycle the 1km into Laragh.
At Laragh you reach a t-junction by a green. Turn right, and go left a few metres later, following the sign for Sally Gap. The road is flat for a few kilometres.
50 – 60km
Then it starts climbing up past Glennmacnass Waterfall. You then go up [55km marker] and down through some spectacular bogland. The road twists and turns on its way to Sally Gap.
60 – 70km
Keep cycling towards [65km marker] Sally Gap. Go straight through.
After a few kilometres, you pass the gate to Kippure on your left.
70 – 80km
There is a steep descent past Lough Bray. Ignore the right turn for Glencree at the bottom. The road climbs again [75km marker] to the Featherbeds.
After the top of the Featherbeds, stay on the main road and descend through a wood. Past this there is a car park at a sharp left turn. Turn right for Glencullen here and take Cruagh Road.