Vital that public access is maintained at Luggala
Mountaineering Ireland welcomes Minister Michael Ring’s comments in the Dáil on 1st February 2017 about the importance of the Luggala Estate in Co. Wicklow, which is currently for sale with an asking price of €28m. Mountaineering Ireland supports the Minister’s view that this would be a significant and strategic addition to Wicklow Mountains National Park. The estate is at the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, surrounded on three sides by the National Park.
Speaking today, Helen Lawless, Mountaineering Ireland’s Hillwalking, Access & Conservation Officer, called on the Guinness family trust which owns the estate and the Government to ensure that the access long enjoyed by walkers, climbers and tourists at Luggala is continued into the future. She added that Mountaineering Ireland wishes to see Luggala’s unique estate landscape respected and looked after for its heritage value, and for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Mountaineering Ireland understands that the estate extends to over 5,000 acres, taking in Luggala House and its grounds, the mountains of Luggala and Knocknacloghoge, Lough Tay and the valley running southwards from Lough Tay to Lough Dan.
The exceptional scenic quality of this landscape makes this one of the most popular locations in Wicklow for walkers of all levels of ability and a must-see location for tourists visiting the Wicklow Mountains. The imposing granite cliffs on Luggala also provide some of the best rockclimbing in Wicklow. The public has enjoyed unhindered access to the mountains, cliffs and valley for many decades while respecting the privacy of the main house and its immediate grounds. It is vital that this much cherished landscape remains accessible to the public for responsible recreational enjoyment.
Photo: The steep side of Luggala overlooking Lough Tay, one of the most photographed views in the Wicklow Mountains.