News 2019

Title:  Luggala closed on 22nd May
Date:  20/05/2019

Luggala closed on 22nd May

Mountaineering Ireland has been advised that Luggala Estate in Co. Wicklow will be closed again on Wednesday, 22nd May from 8am to 4 or 5pm as there is an event taking place on the estate (the estate will re-open as soon as the event is over).

This means that there will be no access to the mountains of Luggala and Knocknacloghoge and that the popular walk from the Pier Gates down to Lough Dan will be closed during that time period.

This follows similar closures last month, and in March. In early March a spokesperson for Luggala Estate assured Mountaineering Ireland that there was no change to the access arrangements to Luggala, that is public access is permitted other than when it might conflict with events that are taking place on the Estate.

Mountaineering Ireland appreciates that Luggala Estate is privately owned and that access is with the goodwill of the owners, a situation that has served the needs of hillwalkers and climbers well for many decades. Mountaineering Ireland is concerned by this latest closure and has reiterated its request for a meeting with representatives of the Luggala trustees to discuss public access to the estate.

Luggala Estate which is currently for sale, is owned by a Guinness family trust. The estate extends to over 5,000 acres, taking in Luggala Lodge and its grounds, the mountains of Luggala and Knocknacloghoge, Lough Tay and the valley running southwards from Lough Tay to Lough Dan.

The erection of ‘Private property’ signs in July 2018 signalled a possible change to the long tradition of public access to the mountain landscape of Luggala maintained by the late Garech de Brun, and previously by his mother. Mountaineering Ireland called on the State to acquire the mountain lands of Luggala as part of Wicklow Mountains National Park. In a meeting last November Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht confirmed to Mountaineering Ireland and other interested parties that there was active engagement between her Department and the agents acting on behalf of the Luggala trustees. 

See also:

Luggala closed on 11th April

Discussions ongoing in relation to possible purchase of Luggala

Mountaineering Ireland supports petition seeking State purchase of Luggala

State should purchase Luggala

Vital that public access is maintained at Luggala


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