I’d argue that the Djouce Mountain Walk is one of the best hikes in Wicklow.
If you do it 1, on a clear day and 2, manage to avoid parking mayhem, that is… More on this below!
Many hikes often involve cranking your neck up to see the giant monolith you’re about to conquer and then throwing yourself in.
The great thing about the Djouce Mountain hike (not to be confused with the Djouce Woods walk) is its variety of gorgeous scenery but also how straightforward the walk is.
In the guide below, you’ll find where to park for the Djouce Mountain walk, how long it takes, the trail to follow and more.
Some quick need-to-knows about the Djouce Mountain walk
The walk from JB Malone car Park is one of the more straightforward walks in the area, especially when compared to the likes of the Lugnaquilla hike and Lough Ouler.
Below, you’ll find info on where to park (pay careful attention to the warning here) and how long the trail takes.
Rising to a respectable 725 metres and located in the north-eastern area of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Djouce Mountain is the 74th tallest peak in Ireland and one of the range’s most accessible mountains.
2. Parking for Djouce
There are several places to park for the Djouce walk. Personally, I like to aim for the JB Malone car park, but if that full, there are some other nearby spots near Lough Tay.
3. Arrive early
The Djouce hike is one of the more popular things to do in Wicklow, especially when the weather’s fine. The result is that the car park can fill up quickly, so make sure that you arrive early to avoid disappointment. DO. NOT. BLOCK. THE. GATE.
4. Length and difficulty
If you tackle the Djouce Mountain walk from the JB Malone car park, the trail will stretch around 8km in total and it should take you between 2 and 3 hours, with stops. Trail wise, you’ll ramble along uneven surfaces and boardwalk sleepers.
An overview of the Djouce walk
OK, so, hopefully this’ll go without saying, but make sure that you 1, bring water, 2, you dress for the weather and 3, leave no valuables visible in the car.
When you’ve all that done, it’s time to set off. I’m going to breakdown the walk below, so you’ve an idea of what to expect.
Starting off the walk
After (hopefully) parking, take a minute to admire the view across the road. From the parking area, you’ll have some mighty views out over Lough Tay (aka ‘Guinness Lake‘).
When you’re ready, you’ll see the trail from the car park that leads into the forest. The ground here is rough, so shoes with good grip are needed, especially after rain.
Reaching the boardwalk
You’ll walk up hill for a little bit before the boardwalk sleepers first come into view. These are wrapped in wire, so they’re nice and handy to stroll along.
After a while, you’ll come to the JB Malone Monumen (a big rock with a little stone memorial). This is a great spot to catch your breath and soak up some of the views that surround you.
The last 2 times that I’ve done the Djouce Mountain walk, it’s take between 60 and 80 minutes (this includes multiple stops) to reach the summit.
If you reach the summit of Djouce on a clear day, you’ll be able to see everywhere from Dublin City and Bray to Arklow and beyond.
When you’ve had your fill of the views, make you’re way back down towards the boardwalk and on to the car park.
Do the Sally Gap Drive after you’ve conquered Djouce Mountain in Wicklow
One of the beauties of doing the Djouce walk is that, when you’re finished, there’s plenty to see and do nearby.
Now, if you’re feeling peckish, head to Roundwood or Laragh and grab a bite to eat. However, if you fancy delaying dinner a while, here’s some nearby attractions.
1. Lough Tay
Yes, the obvious one. It’s across the road from the JB Malone car park and the views really are the business. You can’t get down to Lough Tay, but the view from above is mighty.
2. The Sally Gap Drive
One of the best ways to explore the area after doing the Djouce Mountain hike is to spin along the Sally Gap Drive. It’ll take 30 minutes or so and it’ll treat you to gorgeous views throughout.
3. Glenmacnass Waterfall
You’ll find Glenmacnass Waterfall just after the Sally Gap. There’s a car park right next to it and you can take a short stroll to a viewing area to the left (never climb over the fence or walk along the stones towards the falls).
4. Lots more walks
There are plenty more Wicklow walks nearby. From the Lough Ouler hike and the Great Sugarloaf to the many Glendalough walks and the Lugnaquilla hike, there’s something to tickle most fancies.
FAQs about the Djouce walk
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from where to park for the Djouce walk to what to see nearby.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Where do you park for the Djouce walk?
If you’re doing the Djouce Mountain walk, you can start it from the JB Malone car park. Make sure to arrive early as it gets very busy here. Also, never block the gate!
How long does it take to climb Djouce?
If you follow the trail above, it should take you between 2 and 2.5 hours to get to the summit and back to the car park.
Is the Djouce walk hard?
No, it’s reasonably handy thanks to the boardwalk that takes you to the summit. A moderate level of fitness is needed.
Sunday 18th of December 2022
Hi, how can I get to Ballisnatoe Woods by bus? Is it possible? Or I really need to do by car Thank you!
Monday 19th of December 2022
Hey Laura. You really do need a car unfortunately. In theory, you could try and get a bus into Roundwood village and then walk, but it's a 2 hour walk along fairly unsafe roads.