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Wicklow Gap
Bearna Chill Mhantáin
Wicklow Gap from Tonelagee slopes.png
The pass from Tonelagee slopes
Elevation 475 m (1,558 ft)
Traversed by Road
Location County Wicklow, Ireland
Range Wicklow Mountains
Coordinates 53°2′30.2″N 6°23′47.3″W / 53.041722°N 6.396472°W / 53.041722; -6.396472Coordinates: 53°2′30.2″N 6°23′47.3″W / 53.041722°N 6.396472°W / 53.041722; -6.396472

Wicklow Gap (Irish: Bearna Chill Mhantáin) is one of the highest Irish mountain passes served by an asphalted road. It is located in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Geography

The 475-metre (1,558 ft) pass is opened between Tonelagee (Nort east) and Turlough Hill / Camaderry (South). It connects Dunlavin (West) and Glendalough, and with Sally Gap is one of the two road passes crossing the Wicklow Mountains. On clear days from the pass is possible to look across the Irish Sea and view the mountains of Snowdonia (Wales).

Access to the pass

Wicklow Gap viewpoint
Wicklow Gap viewpoint

The scenic R756 road leads to the pass. The drive is a popular bicycle ascent; it is considered by the Tour de France a Cat. 3 climb. From the pass starts a small road leading to Turlough Hill, where stands an electricity 'storage' hydro-plant.

Hiking

The pass is located on the St Kevins Way, a long distance waymarked walking trail, on its way from Hollywood to Glendalough.

Starting from the pass is possible to reach on foot both Turlough Hill and Tonelagee.

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