Are you a fan of hikes and walks? Wicklow, also known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’ is the place for your next adventure. ‘
Located just south of Dublin, County Wicklow is home to The Wicklow Mountain National Park where the scenery changes dramatically from the busyness of the capital city. Once you set foot amongst the wild Wicklow mountains, you will find some of Ireland’s most beautiful hikes, forest trails, lakes and waterfalls allowing you to experience the most of the Irish outdoors. Here are three beautiful hikes and walks that you can fit into a weekend trip to one of Ireland’s most scenic counties.
The Glendalough Spinc & Glenealo Valley walk
Glendalough, also known as ‘Valley of two lakes’ is located about a 35 minute drive from Enniskerry town and well worth a visit. Here you will find the beautiful lake of Glendalough nestled between the Wicklow mountains. From the lake you can take a number of different walks and hikes around the valley. To see the most breathtaking views, hike the Glendalough Spinc (white route), which will bring you right above the two lakes and around in a loop. Luckily, all routes are signposted in different colours and railway sleepers have been laid down to allow you to walk along with ease.
Hike time : 3 hours to complete loop
Distance: 9 km
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain takes over the skyline as you drive from Dublin to Wicklow. Not only does this mountain provide views from afar but you can also hike this mountain for beautiful views extending across the Dublin coastline of Bray, Howth Head, Greystones.
Hike time: 1 hour to complete
Distance: 2 km
Difficulty: Slightly strenuous as it is particularly steep towards the top with a lot of loose rocks.
Powerscourt Waterfall is well known as Ireland’s highest waterfall located in Powerscourt estate at the foot of the Wicklow mountains. You could spend all day here exploring the walking trails around the waterfall area or bring a picnic to lounge in the estate grounds.
Difficulty: Easy walking trails