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The view from Howth sum­mit (1); be­low, look­ing out to Dalkey Is­land (4)

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Prince Wil­liam’s Seat from Glen­cullen

Prince Wil­liam’s Seat (555m) is said to be named ei­ther after the Fitzwill­liam clan, own­ers of these up­lands in the 16th and 17th Cen­turies, or in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the visit of the English monarch Wil­liam III in the 18th Cen­tury. Re­gard­less, its sum­mit is clas­si­fied as an Arderin (from the Ir­ish Ard Eire­ann) — an Ir­ish moun­tain over 500m. From Bo­ra­nar­al­try bridge, fol­low Yel­low Man sign­posts, ini­tially pass­ing above the pic­turesque Glen­cullen val­ley, which is best ex­pe­ri­enced in the au­tumn. The trail later leads steeply up and out of a conifer for­est to reach a junc­tion with a Wick­low Moun­tains Na­tional Park sign­post. Leave the way­marked path here and veer right to as­cend a heath­ery and grassy slope south­west for the sum­mit, marked by a trig pil­lar.

Park at the large car park along Bally­brack Road or lay-bys on Bo­ra­nar­al­try bridge

From John­nie Fox’s Pub, head west at Glen­cullen cross­roads along Bally­brack Road (R116). After about 1.6km, pass Bo­ra­nar­al­try Lane on the left and then a large car park on the right. Or, drive down Bo­ra­nar­al­try Lane and park on nar­row lay-bys on Bo­ra­nar­al­try bridge where there are lim­ited spa­ces. Mod­er­ate

8km/ 3-4hr Head­torch, com­pass, wa­ter­proofs, good boots. East West Map­ping The Dublin Moun­tains & North Wick­low or OSI Dis­cov­ery Se­ries Map Sheet 50

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Food and a pint of ‘the black stuff’ at the fa­mous John­nie Fox’s, which claims to be the high­est pub in Ire­land. Their hoo­ley nights are a big tourist draw, but the place still re­tains its orig­i­nal charm.

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