The Hill of Tara (2.9km, 103m, 3.3%)

Map and elevation profile of Hill of Tara climb


For all its cultural significance, the Hill of Tara is not much of an eminence — in order for it even to scrape into Category 4, you have to include the road approaching the climb proper. At the top of the initial ramp, take the left turn, then right at the next crossroads; both turns are signposted for a cycle route. From there it’s a straight line to the top — it’s a pretty road, lined with hedgerows and mature trees, but it’s so narrow that it will be a tight squeeze if you meet any cars coming in the opposite direction. The steepest gradient comes in the middle of the hill, at around 9%.

The view looking north-east from the Hill of Tara — green fields under a blue sky with scattered cloud
Looking north-east towards Drogheda from the car park at the summit

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