Three Beautiful Hikes & Walks in Wicklow Ireland

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 Upper Lake

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

Difficulty: Strenuous

View from the top of the Glendalough Spinc (white route)
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain, County Wicklow

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
Powerscourt Waterfall

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

Published by What Lorna Saw Next - Travel

Hello, I'm Lorna! I enjoy backpacking around the world and writing about it. I hope to share my experiences and inspire you with travel recommendations and tips.

8 thoughts on “Three Beautiful Hikes & Walks in Wicklow Ireland

  1. It was bucketing down rain when we were in Wicklow in 2019 and we barely managed enough dry time to see Powerscourt Gardens. Had some great hikes in Wexord though. A beautiful part of the world, for sure. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I love hiking and I love exploring Wicklow National Park! When we lived in Dublin, I used to spend every single weekend in Wicklow, there was so much to see and do! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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