Wicklow Gap (Irish: Bearna Chill Mhantáin)[2] is one of the highest Irish mountain passes served by an asphalted road. It is located in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Wicklow Gap
Bearna Chill Mhantáin
Wicklow Gap from Tonelagee slopes.png
The pass from Tonelagee slopes
Elevation475 m (1,558 ft)[1]
Traversed byRoad
LocationCounty Wicklow, Ireland
RangeWicklow Mountains
Coordinates53°2′30.2″N 6°23′47.3″W / 53.041722°N 6.396472°W / 53.041722; -6.396472Coordinates: 53°2′30.2″N 6°23′47.3″W / 53.041722°N 6.396472°W / 53.041722; -6.396472
Wicklow Gap is located in Ireland
Wicklow Gap
Location in Ireland

GeographyEdit

The 475-metre (1,558 ft) pass is opened between Tonelagee (Nort east) and Turlough Hill / Camaderry (South). It connects Dunlavin (West) and Glendalough, and with Sally Gap is one of the two road passes crossing the Wicklow Mountains. On clear days it is possible to look from the pass across the Irish Sea and see the mountains of Snowdonia (Wales).[3]

Access to the passEdit

 
Wicklow Gap viewpoint

The scenic R756 road leads to the pass. The road is a popular bicycle ascent;[4] it is considered a category 3 climb by the Tour de France.[5] There is a short road leading from the pass to Turlough Hill, where there is a hydroelectric plant.

HikingEdit

The pass is located on Saint Kevin's Way, a long distance waymarked walking trail, on its way from Hollywood to Glendalough.[6]

It is possible to reach both Turlough Hill[7] and Tonelagee[8] by foot from the pass.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ John Christopher, Campbell McCutcheon (2015). Bradshaw's Guide: The Railways of Ireland. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445638836. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ "An Chonair (Conor Pass)". www.discoverireland.ie. Failte Ireland. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Wicklow Gap". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Rathdrum - Wicklow Gap / Dublin cycle". cycleireland.ie. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Stage 1 Brief". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "RSt Kevins Way - Pilgrim Path". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  7. ^ Paddy Dillon (2013). The Mountains of Ireland: A Guide to Walking the Summits. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 27.
  8. ^ "Tonelagee Mountain". mountainviews.ie. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Wicklow Gap at Wikimedia Commons