Wicklow Mountains, Wicklow

There’s a reason they call Wicklow ‘The Garden of Ireland'. Glendalough, Powerscourt, Lough Tay, Mount Ushers Gardens, Glenmalure Valley to name a few. Wicklow is an outdoor playground to be explored. 

One of our earliest childhood memories of Wicklow is a beautiful place called Kilmaccuragh in Kilbride, somewhere our Mum used to take us for summer picnics. Just off the N11, it’s now part of the Botanical Gardens and well worth a visit. 

For this Wicklow trip, start your day off at the well known Powercourt, Ireland’s highest waterfall, only 40 minute drive from Dublin. While it can get busy, especially in the summer, it’s worth the drive up. Just a few minutes away is the picturesque village of Enniskerry, stop off at Poppies Cafe for tea & cakes or browse through the quint antique shop for some old treasures. 

Whether you’re visiting Wicklow for the first time or the tenth time Glendalough ‘The valley of the two lakes’ is a must. An hour’s drive from Dublin city, the lakes and walks are stunning. Climb the ‘Canaderry Circuit’ (4 hours/13km), along the miner’s track to Glendalough’s Upper Lake and on to the summit of Turlough Hill or opt for the more popular ‘Spinc Loop’ (3 hours 11km), following a cliff-top path along the scenic track. Maps for these walks available in the visitor centre. 

*Photos by Abe Neihum @abeneihum 

This next journey will take you to Wicklow's three lakes, Lough Bray, Lough Tay and Lough Dan. A drive up Sally’s Gap and along Military Road will bring you to Lough Bray. Here you can do the 2.5 hour walk which takes you up along summit - Eagle’s Crag - and over to Kippure. Further along the Military Road you’ll get to Lough Tay (also known as the Guinness Lakes). While you won’t be able to access the lake itself the views alone are stunning, and worth stopping for. Have your camera at the ready.

From here you can venture south towards Lough Dan, summer swims and picnics here are bliss! Even when it’s busy you can still find a secluded spot to camp up. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you can rent Kayaks for the day. After Lough Dan drive to Roundwood for a pint of Guinness in the Coachman’s or Roundwood Inn. 

Next post we’ll be exploring the Sugar Loaf, Djouce Woods, Luggala, and finally Lugnaquilla. We’d love to know your favourites spots in Wicklow. 

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