Dingle Hillwalking Club

Hillwalkers on a mountain ridge

Derrymore Glen

  • Grade: B – Difficult
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Height gain: 930 m

Start PointMap 71 Q742 107

Leaving the last of the houses at Derrymore we head uphill to meet the Dingle Way and follow it for 200m until we meet a stream with a wooden platform. Following a path that heads SE and and then Southwards we head upwards into the valley.

The cliffs of Gearhane now tower over us on our right and the grassy slope of Scragg, our final destination later in the day, on our left. We continue to the back of the valley to meet the first of the lakes nestled on a rocky plateau. Skirting the lake on the right we climb to reach a higher valley and the second lake; Derrymore Lough.

Veering SW we continue the steep ascent to reach the third plateau and an area of level ground where we can admire the massive boulders and glacial erratics strewn across the valley floors. Heading NW our target now is a steep grassy slope rising to reach the ridge and eventually the high point of Caherconree at 835m, a total ascent of 755m.

Keeping to the cliff edge of Caherconree we traverse a short ridge followed by a climb of 145m to reach Baurtregaum at 851m.

Climbing done for the day we leave the trig point and head NE to spot height 819m and thereafter pick our way down the rocky slope which will bring us to the summit of Scragg at 657m. From Scragg we follow a spur NW which eventually returns us to the Dingle Way. On reaching the track we turn left and make our way back to our cars at Derrymore.