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Passing Through Wicklow Mountains in Majestic Ireland

 

In the South of Dublin you will find Wicklow County, the Garden of Ireland. Wicklow is so named because of its verdant landscape, abundance of glassy lakes, splendid waterfalls, glens, and the majestic Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow Mountains are, by far, the biggest attraction to tourists, because of its picturesque trails and sightseeing opportunities. If you have seen the Movie “P.S I love you”, then try to remember the flashback scene when the girl meets the boy and they walk along a beautiful path. Well, that`s the trail of Wicklow. So now you get it how beautiful the place is?

Despite their names, The Wicklow Mountains, or Dublin-Wicklow if you prefer, they are quite easy to navigate and visitors who want to walk, drive, ride or cycle through their trails does not have to work hard. This is because the mountains themselves are not quite high. Driving is perhaps the most common way to access the scenic trails of Wicklow, while walking is the second most preferred way.

Driving

For drivers, there are numerous avenues to get to the mountains. From Dublin City Centre, one can take the N11 and R755 to Laragh village, and from there use the R756 to Glendalough. The R115 runs directly through the Wicklow Mountains National Park and directly shows off the bogs and heath for which the park is famous. The road is reminiscent of an old country road and is bumpy and narrow, but the views are spectacular. Driving is encouraged during the summer months but in the winter some routes can become impassable.

 

Bus

There is a helpful bus service for those who want to leave the driving to others. The Wicklow-Way Bus Service ferries sightseers from Dublin to Wicklow to Carlow, with stops in Laragh and Rathdrum. This bus operates Mondays to Sundays with varying routes according to the day. Alternatively, there is the St. Kevin Bus Service route which starts at south county Dublin and goes to Bray, county Wicklow and onwards. Both systems take advantage of the mountainous and coastal views in the area. Sights include the Sugar Loaf Mountains, the lakes, the heathers and more. If you are planning to give a visit by bus then use bus contact number to get the details and timings.

 

Walking, Hiking or Riding

 

Miner's Road Walk

Within Wicklow Mountains National Park itself, there are nine walking trails ranging from easy to moderate levels. The miner's road walk is an easy five kilometer route which starts at scenic Upper Lake and meanders down to the Scott's Pine Woodland and miner's village. This trail affords many bird watching opportunities and visitors may be lucky to see a Peregrine falcon.

 

Spink

The Spink trail is another easy trail on the Southern end of the Upper Lake, a circuitous routes that allows for a serene six kilometer stroll around the lake environs and returning to the shore.

 

Poulanass and St. Kevin's Cell

This moderate route takes a sharp ascent alongside the roaring Poulanass Waterfall which lightly sprays visitors as they pass through the lush landscape. The flora here eventually morphs into the Glendalough Oak Woodlands, where visitors can view a number of birds, wild goats and other animals. The descent is less demanding and ends at a viewpoint at the Upper Lake.

 

Woodland Road

Recommended for its serene and nearly private air, this path wanders through the wooded areas in Glendasan Valley. Its visitors are welcome to dally near the Glendasan River and view the wildlife that inhabits this area. From the river, the walk reunites at Glendalough and goes further on to the Lower Lake wetlands.

 

Mountain Weather

Wicklow's climate is mild in the summer and wet in the winter. The driest months are June and July with temperatures of twenty to twenty-five degrees Celsius. In the winter, this drops by ten degrees and is frequently accompanied by showers and winds. Visitors are cautioned that weather in the mountains changes frequently, often going against the forecasts. Persons who are hiking or travelling through the area in winter are cautioned to keep both eyes open. Many trails close during the winter due to icy or impassable conditions.

 

Other Things to Do

Tourists are encouraged to enjoy nature as much as possible while in the mountains, but sometimes the weather goes against the wish. But no need to worry about your vacation getting spoilt because of the weather because on such occasions the parks offer events like Family Fun Days and Bug Walks. For a change of pace, visitors can take tours of man-made attractions like the Aghowle Church - the last remnant of a sixth century monastery, or any of the St. Kevin's landmarks. Before planning the trip, it is advisable to contact Dublin airport in order to get information regarding weather.

However, Wicklow remains, and forever will be, prized for its Eden-like atmosphere and winding country roads.

I am Aleena Lois, a writer who writes about travel and technology. Apart from writing articles, I like to explore anything new.