Climbing Turlough Hill

Rathdrum Wicklow Gap – Dublin Cycle

Distance: 75km
Climbing: 1130m

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This route packs a lot into a relatively short distance, taking you from Rathdrum Wicklow immediately into some of the best Wicklow countryside, past ancient Glendalough and over the spectacular Wicklow Gap.

You continue to Dublin over two smaller, virtually unknown passes.

Rathdrum is on the Dublin – Rosslare train line and is the perfect starting point for trips into the Wicklow Mountains.

The ride starts with a fantastic forested road to Laragh before the first climb of the day. At the top of Wicklow Gap you have the option of climbing up to Turlough Hill Reservoir on a forested road.

Next you ride beside Blessington Lake on a scenic road before the short climb of the remote Sorrell Hill. You finish with the short, steep climb to Ballinascorney in the shadow of the Dublin Mountains before the long descent into the city.


Glendalough is famous for its beautiful valley and monastic settlement. It is one of the most popular attractions in the country.

The Wicklow Gap is a wide saddle with great views of both east and west Wicklow from the top.

Sorrell Hill – This remote road pass rises from the Blessington Lakes.

Ballinascorney Mountain is another remote pass leading to Dublin.

Rathdrum Wicklow Gap – Dublin Cycle Useful Info

Wicklow Gap is an important link between east and west Wicklow – there is usually traffic on it but the road is well-maintained and has good visibility. There will also be traffic on the run in to Dublin but there are cycle lanes there.

However, the other parts of this route should be fairly quiet. It’s a mixture.

There are several trains per day to Rathdrum from Dublin. There are two bike spaces on each train so it is a good idea to book ahead. Irish Rail has details.

Useful Links

Irish Rail



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