News 2019

Title:  Update on Luggala Estate
Date:  27/11/2019

Update on Luggala Estate

Following an initial report at the end of August, it has been confirmed that Luggala Estate in Co. Wicklow has been sold in its entirety to a private buyer. 

Mountaineering Ireland campaigned, along with others, for the State to purchase the mountain lands of Luggala Estate as part of  the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The scenic estate, which includes Lough Tay and the mountains of Luggala and Knocknacloghoge, is surrounded on three sides by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. For many decades – by courtesy of the late Hon. Garech Browne – members of Mountaineering Ireland have enjoyed selected access to the mountains, cliffs and valley of the Luggala Estate, while at the same time respecting the work commitments of the Estate (filming, grazing etc), the privacy of the Estate’s guests and tenants, their residences and the main lodge as well as their grounds.

A press statement on behalf of the new owner and on-the-ground observation indicate that the new owner is maintaining the previous arrangements in relation to recreational access at Luggala.

The new owner of the property is Luggala Estate Ltd, which is ultimately owned by L Padulli who lives in Switzerland. It has been reported that the sale price was in the region of €20 million.

Mountaineering Ireland is in touch with the Directors of Luggala Estate Ltd; a meeting is planned to discuss and agree proposed changes, if any, to the existing access conditions, for the continued enjoyment of this special landscape by our members. We hope to be able to report on progress early in 2020.

Photo: West Wicklow Photography

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