Passing Through Wicklow Mountains in Majestic
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.
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
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
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.
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
Poulanass and St.
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.
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
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
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
I am Aleena Lois, a writer who writes about travel and technology. Apart from writing
articles, I like to explore anything new.