At the weekend, after fixing a number of problems, including dealing with a faulty well pump, I managed to make the most of the great weather and headed north, first to the bike stop at Laragh, and then east to meet the N11 east of the Suagarloaf Mountain. It is located west of Bray and an easy drive from Dublin. Having driven past it at least 50 times to the east on the N11 I actually saw it from the west and the peak stands dramatically above the surrounding hills. A similar view forms the focus of the view from the splendid, Italianate gardens at Powerscourt.
Despite its dramatic shape it is not a big mountain (though anything created by anything bigger than an ant is impressive to a Fenlander like me). It is only 501m high and although it looks volcanic it is not.
There are two walking routes to the summit and that must be my next job – but not in biking gear!