Kippure: The Ultimate Road Trip Guide

Kippure (Cipiúr) is a mountain peak at an elevation of 750m (2,460ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Wicklow and Dublin counties, on Ireland's east coast. It's one of the highest roads of the country.


Set high in the northern sector of the Wicklow Mountains, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s a private road. Its summit is home to a huge TV and radio transmitter mast, and associated infrastructures. This is the oldest television transmission site in the country.

The road to the summit was built in 1959. It’s very steep, hitting an 11% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the Old Military Road (R115), the ascent is 3.4km (2.11 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 221 meters. The average gradient is 6.5%.

Kippure is Dublin's highest mountain. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. The drive offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
Pic: Daniel Ivanovic