There are a number of different maps of the Wicklow Mountains. The following list is a selection of the most commonly used. All are available for sale in the Information Office, Glendalough.
The Ordnance Survey of Ireland (O.S.) produces the Discovery Series at a scale of 1:50,000 (1km=2cm). The maps numbered 50, 56, and 62 cover the entire of the Wicklow Mountains. These maps are large fold-up sheets. The central area of the mountains is covered by sheet 56 which includes the Glendalough area and the highest peak in the range - Lugnaquilla Mountain. The northern end of the range, known as the Dublin Hills, is covered by sheet 50. The southern foothills are covered by sheet 62. These maps are useful for both driving (parking areas are marked) and hill-walking. Walkers should take note that crags/cliffs are not marked on the O.S. maps and the mapping of forest roads is not comprehensive. A map bag is vital to protect your map against rain or alternatively laminated versions of these maps can also be purchased.
Unlaminated sheets 50, 56 and 62 can be purchased at the Information Office, Glendalough (Price €8.60). A laminated version of the Sheet 56 is also available for €19.50. All O.S. maps can be ordered online from Ordnance Survey
Harvey Maps is an independent producer of maps and produce a map specifically aimed at hill-walkers called the 'Superwalker'. The map covers the central area of the mountains including Glendalough. The highest mountain in the range, Lugnaquilla is also on the map but does not include southern and western access routes. The map's scale is 1:30,000 (300m=1cm). Most compasses do not have a romer for this scale, but the finer scale of this map means that much more detail is available for navigation including crags/cliffs and forest roads. Take note that in some cases the rough tracks marked on the map may not be obvious on the hillside. Also contour intervals are 15 metres. The map is described as waterproof. It is made from glossy paper and it is at least more water-resistant than standard paper maps. Map bags are recommended for wet conditions.
This map can be purchased at the Information Office, Glendalough (Price €17.00). It can also be ordered online directly from www.harveymaps.co.uk
EastWest Mapping produce a series of detailed maps with a scale of 1:30,000, and produced with a waterproof finish. All can be ordered direct from the publisher East West Mapping. The following maps in the range are also available to buy at the Information Office, Glendalough:
This map covers the area from Donard to Laragh and Wicklow Gap to Aughavannagh, and includes Glendalough, Glenmalure and Lugnaquilla. Price at the Information Office is €9.95.
This map covers the northern half of the National Park, as far south as Lough Tay and Duff Hill. Price at the Information Office is €9.95.
This map covers an area stretching from Bray in the north to Wicklow town in the south, and from the Sally Gap in the west to the coast in the east. Price at the Information Office is €9.95.
This map covers an area stretching from Blessington in the north to Laragh in the south, and from Ballymore Eustace in the west to Djouce in the east. Price at the Information Office is €9.95.
This map covers an area stretching from Saggart in the north to Ballyknockan in the south, and from Blessington in the west to Enniskerry in the east. Price at the Information Office is €9.95.
Dublin Mountains Partnership and EastWest Mapping have produced a detailed map of the Dublin Mountains showing the Dublin Mountains Way, the northern part of the Wicklow Way, the land in public ownership, car parks, access points and other outdoor recreational facilities. Scale 1:25,000. Price in the Information Office is €9.00.
The National Park publishes a small map for visitors to Glendalough. This map, 'the Walking Trails of Glendalough', shows the nine way-marked walking trails in the valley. It costs 50c and is for sale in the National Park Information Office, Glendalough, and at the Visitor Centre by the Monastic City, Glendalough.
The following guidebook isavailable to purchase in the Information Office at the Upper Lake Glendalough.
This long distance walking trail is broken down into individual sections and contains an accommodation guide. Price at the Information Office is €9.00, or order direct from the publisher East West Mapping.