Visits For June, 2009

Saturday, 6th June 2009

Up A Wicklow Peak With New Discoveries

For some time now I've wanted to visit the non-cairn on top of Prince William's Seat above Enniskerry. Why a 'non-cairn'? Because there's a cairn marked on the OS map, but no signs of it now.

The walk from the Wicklow Way car park is a relatively easy one. The first section is a compacted hardcore track that goes through a cleared pine plantation. The Wicklow Way leaves this then and climbs the hill via what almost a staircase made of boulders. This section is one of the nicest bits of the Wicklow Way that I've been on and makes the climb up Prince William's Seat quite easy. Once at the top of this climb the Wicklow Way continues over to Glencullen and a path goes off to the left to the top of the mountain.

To the right at this point there is a path to Ravens Rock - two granite outcrops - which is where I discovered two standing stones that I haven't seen recorded anywhere. I didn't take the path up to the top of Prince William's Seat, but scrambled through the heather to check out some large rocks I could see. Several of these also appear to be standing stones. More interestingly several of them seem to be in a line that points firstly to Ravens Rock and then on to The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain! This could be an alignment worth checking out when I can work out the right time of year.

Prince William's Seat (Co. Wicklow)Standing Stone4 New Images
Prince William's Seat (Co. Wicklow)Cairn2 New Images
Ravens Rock (Co. Wicklow)Stone Pair6 New Images
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