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WHERE

Sea­han, Seefin­gan and Seefin Moun­tains, Co Dublin/wick­low.

Strad­dling the Dublin-wick­low bor­der, this hill­walk vis­its sev­eral fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites. No less than five ne­olithic tombs lie scat­tered around the sum­mits, and the area has been likened to an Ir­ish Val­ley of the Kings. The mas­sive cairns reach up to 24m in di­am­e­ter, and the one at the top of Sea­han fea­tures an en­trance pas­sage and col­lapsed roof, al­low­ing you to peer in­side. The sur­round­ing hill­sides are rather boggy how­ever, so win­ter is one of the best times to head out. Wait for a cold spell — it’s a won­der­ful feel­ing to skip across frozen bog know­ing you’d be squelch­ing and sink­ing at any other time of the year. Kil­bride Ri­fle Range. The cir­cuit is lo­cated a few kilo­me­tres north­west of the Sally Gap, just off the R759. Park in a lay-by at the south­west­ern cor­ner of Kil­bride Ri­fle Range

Hard — open moun­tain­side with a 560m as­cent.

WHAT START/FIN­ISH GET­TING THERE

LEVEL

LENGTH/TIME TO WALK PACK

10km/3.5-4 hours. Your map (OSI Dis­cov­ery Se­ries 56) and com­pass, and He­len Fair­bairn’s Dublin & Wick­low: A Walk­ing Guide.

With your own ther­mos flask. This re­mote area has few fa­cil­i­ties – bring your own food or stop else­where on your jour­ney home.

RE­FUEL

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