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Djouce
Our target on left, Djouce Mtn (364529085).jpg
Djouce (l) and White Hill (r).
Note Djouce's boardwalk path on White Hill
Highest point
Elevation 725 m (2,379 ft)
Prominence 200 m (660 ft)
Listing 100 Highest Irish Mountains, Marilyn, Hewitt, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
Naming
Native name Dioghais  (Irish)
English translation 'Fortified height'
Pronunciation jowss
Geography
Djouce is located in island of Ireland
Djouce
Djouce
Location in Ireland
Location Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Parent range Wicklow Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid O1785810360
Topo map OSi Discovery 56
Geology
Mountain type Dark blue-grey slate, phyllite & schist Bedrock
Climbing
Easiest route Wicklow Way, from the south (via White Hill / J.B. Malone memorial), or east (via Maulin), on the boarded mountain path

Djouce (Irish: Dioghais, meaning fortified height) at 725 metres (2,379 ft), is the 74th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale, and the 91st–highest peak on the Vandeleur-Lynam scale. Djouce is situated in the northeastern section of the Wicklow Mountains, and dominates the views of the Wicklow Mountains from Roundwood to Newtownmountkennedy. Djouce is one of a few Irish mountains for which the Irish Office of Public Works (OPW) maintain a boarded mountain trail, using railway sleepers, from its base to a point close to its summit; making the mountain even more accessible to the public, but while also protecting the underlying bog and soil from human erosion. Djouce is popular with hill walkers, and it lies along the 131-kilometre Wicklow Way; on its southern slopes at a senic viewpoint is the J.B. Malone memorial stone, dedicated to the creator of the Wicklow Way.

Geography

The River Dargle rises on the northern flank of the mountain, close to the source of the River Liffey in the Featherbeds; they rise either side of the catchment boundary, the Liffey flowing west and the Dargle flowing east. Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Ireland, lies on its eastern slope.

Djouce overlooks to the west it the highlands around the Sally Gap; to the east the Roundwood / Calary Bog plateau. It also overlooks the corrie lake of Lough Tay to the southwest. It is bounded to the west by the R115; to the south by the R759 and to the west by the R755.

Its southern and eastern flanks are heavily forested, up to and above the 2,000 feet contour, mainly with Sitka spruce plantations. As these trees are clearfelled (when they mature) a policy of the reinstatement of native tree species is being pursued, either through planting or natural regeneration.

The southern 'shoulder' of Djouce is known as White Hill.

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Southern slope of Djouce, May 2006

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