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July 26, 2016
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July 21, 2016


It’s been there long before any of us were around, and it’ll be there a long time after all of us are gone…

And yet, there’s something reassuringly ours about the Great Sugar Loaf mountain that watches over us, no matter where we go around here.

Technically, she’s actually a hill, but I don’t think we need ever tell the Great Sugar Loaf that. Not even the Little Sugar Loaf that lies across the N11, looking out to sea, should really be called a hill. These guys are just too big a deal around here not to be called mountains.

The actual height of the Great Sugar Loaf is 1,644 feet (or 501 metres, if you’re reading this in colour), its isolation and steep slopes giving it The Bono Effect of looking taller than it really is. It’s a trick that actually qualifies this hill as a Marilyn.

Which basically means the Great Sugar Loaf is Hollywood beautiful.

For those of you who need to know such things, our mountain – and it is a mountain! – is composed of Cambrian Quartzite, and, from a certain angle, has often been mistaken for a volcano. But, get this, it is, in fact, an erosion-resistant metamorphosed sedimentary deposit from the deep sea.

Which, when you think about it, is pretty damn obvious.

It’s a wonderful mountain to climb – from car park to peak is about half-an-hour – and the full panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains, Dublin, Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, Newcastle and back around, are pretty darn hard to beat. Even in the rain.

If you haven’t been up to that peak in the last year, get your fat, lazy ass up there TODAY.

There’s a small café on top now, with Belgian chocolate and Irish coffees. And they’re free.

Sugarload drive. Pic: Deirdre Kelleher

Sugar Loaf drive. Pic: Deirdre Kelleher

Sugar Loaf from Tonduff Mountain WEDS27DEC17 Fearghal Breathnach Photography

The Sugar Loaf – another angle. Pic: Pippins Parkinson c1980

Sugar Loaf By Night Pic: Alan Currie

Sugar Loaf By Night Pic: Alan Currie

Sugar Loaf by JEGPhotoart

Sugar Loaf Sunset 30MAY17 Design Aid

Sugar Loaf Plays Peek-A-Boo. Pic: Yasmin Fortune

Sugar Loaf Plays Peek-A-Boo. Pic: Yasmin Fortune

Sugar Loaf Sunset 17SEPT16 Liz Cusack

Sugar Loaf Sunset 17SEPT16 Liz Cusack

Hanging On. Pic Ian McCann

Hanging On. Pic Ian McCann

Red Sky Sugar Loaf. Pic Ian McCann

Red Sky Sugar Loaf. Pic Ian McCann

Both Sugar Loafs from Cherry's Brow on Blackberry Lane

Both Sugar Loafs from Cherry’s Brow on Blackberry Lane

Same as it ever was…

Sugar Loaf postcard with de horses

Playing peek-a-boo. Pic Phil Pankov

Playing peek-a-boo. Pic Phil Pankov  

From A Distance… Pic: Tony Garcia

Sugar Loaf Rainbow Tues 26JULY17 Fiona Alston

Small, far away…

Sugar Loaf from the old harbour. Pic Ian McCann

Sugar Loaf from the old harbour. Pic Ian McCann

Sugar Loaf Light Show. Pic Ian McCann

Sugar Loaf Light Show. Pic Ian McCann

Sugar Loaf Sunset. Pic Ian McCann

Sugar Loaf Sunset. Pic Ian McCann

The Sugar Loafs. Pic Ian McCann

The Sugar Loafs. Pic Ian McCann

Far away, so close… Sugar Loaf Oct 2015. Pic: David Byrne

Sugarloaf Sun. Pic Ciara Tamay [flickr]

Sugarloaf Sunset. Pic hum&haw [flickr]

Walk In The Woods 16APR16 57 Octagon Door Sugarloaf (678x1024)

Sugar Loaf from the Octagon 16APR16 Pablo Photography

Walk In The Woods 16APR16 28 Sheep Sugarloaf (1024x616)

From Kindlestown Wood 16APR16 Pablo Photography

Harbour Boats & Sugar Loaf. Pic: Luke McGuinness

Little Sugar Loaf. With sugar. Pic: Luke McGuinness

The Sugar Loafs from Bray Head postcard

Glen of The Downs postcard – colorised, baby

Sugar Loaf Taxis: The Early Years

Glen of The Downs 1867

Glen Of The Downs Sugarloarf Robert French

Glen Of The Downs 1880 Source: Patrick Neary

Glen Of The Downs – 19th Century Rush Hour

Little Sugarloaf 73 B.L.C. Before Lots of Cars

Glen Of The Downs Postcard Pic Patrick Neary

Glen Of The Downs Octagon Distance Source Patrick Neary

In The Glen Of The Downs Valentine postcard Sugar Loaf Source Patrick Neary

View from Big Sugarloaf taken 17th Mar 1934 Source Patrick Neary

View from Big Sugar Loaf taken 17th Mar 1934

Sugar Loaf Snow. Pic Jody Connaughton

Sugar Loaf Skyline. Pic Jody Connaughton

Sugar Loaf Across The Water. Pic Jody Connaughton

Sugarloaf 5th March 2016 Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugarloaf 5th March 2016 28 Greystones (1024x675)

Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugarloaf 5th March 2016 27 Bray (1024x677)

Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

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Sugar Loaf Climb 5MAR16. Pic: Pablo Photography

Little Sugar Loaf Robert French

The Sugar Loaf from Blackberry Lane. Robert French.

Sugarloaf Mountain Robert French

Sugar Loaf from the Glencree side

Sugar Loaf Postcard

Early Sugarloaf history from Alfred P Smyth's Celtic Newsletter (1982)

Early Sugar Loaf history from Alfred P Smyth’s Celtic Newsletter (1982)

ramona sugarloaf winter snow xmas

Snow-covered Sugar Loaf. Pic: Ramona Farrelly

Sugar Loaf In The Snow. Pic: Harry Acheson

Sugar Loaf. Pic: Harry Acheson

Calary Filling Station at the Sugar Loaf. Pic: Harry Acheson

Greystones Postcard Little Sugar Loaf. Source: Patrick Neary

Sugar Loaf Aerial shot June 2015 Design Aid

sugarloaf in snow

Sugar Loaf Goes Full Xmas. Pic: Unknown

Sugarloaf 25aug14 10

Play Misty For Me… 25AUG14 Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugarloaf 25aug14 8

Misty Climb 25AUG14. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugarloaf 25aug14 7

Misty Climb 25AUG14. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugar Loaf horses 25AUG14 Pablo Photography

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Misty Climb 25AUG14. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugarloaf 25aug14 1

Misty Climb 25AUG14. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugarloaf 25aug14 9

Misty Climb 25AUG14. Pic: Pablo Photography

Sugar Loaf & Glenview Hotel 1950s Postcard

Grand harvest this year…

The Sugar Loaf Mountains 1835

Sunset From Kilcoole. Pic: John Kennedy

Sugar Loaf Says Goodnight Eoghan Murray Dec 2017

And come with us, up the Big Sugar Loaf on Stephen’s Day, 2017… 

1 Comment

  1. Gordon Sutton says:

    Where did you source the Robert French images of little sugar loaf? As I’ve not seen them before.
    I would love to contact source to buy copies.
    Are they part of Lawrence Collection?

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