The Wicklow Way is a long distance walk from the suburbs of Dublin, through the Wicklow uplands and rolling countryside before finishing in the small village of Clonegal in County Carlow.
This wonderfully varied walk encompasses crossing parkland then forest trails ascending to mountain terrain before descending to the rolling countryside of Wicklow and Carlow. Spectacular scenery will accompany you throughout so be sure to have your camera with you.
The Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest waterfall and is situated about 5km from Knockree, relatively at the beginning of the Wicklow Way. It is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the unusual tree species and some of the highest trees in Ireland in the area. You can enjoy the wildlife sightings but also let children get some extra quality time on the nearby playground. Next to the waterfall, Powerscourt also has an Estate, House and Gardens to visit and enjoy. It’s a great place to take a break from hiking for a moment and soak in the cultural sights, have a cup of tea and just let your thoughts wander. Overall, Powerscourt is a destination you don’t want to miss.
Glendalough is also known as the Monastic City of Ireland’s East. It is actually a glacial valley in Wicklow, renowned for its Early Medieval settlement which was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Glendalough is an excellent destination for visitors who are seeking a bit of the history and culture of Ireland. Glendalough offers many monastic monuments to visit such as the Round Tower, the Cathedral, St. Kevin’s Cross and the Trinity Church. Glendalough also has plenty of little eateries or you can simply enjoy a nice picnic and enjoy the view of the fabulous Wicklow Mountains.
Lough Tay is a stunning, breathtaking mountain lake in the Wicklow mountains about 6km from Roundwood. It is certainly a highlight worth seeing. Even though the lake itself is on private property and cannot be directly visited, the best viewing point to see Lough Tay is along the Military Road above. From there you can enjoy the best views over the Guinness Lake and the Wicklow Mountains. Fun fact: The Lough Tay is also called Guinness Lake because it is owned by the Guinness family and the shape of the lake with the white sand at the top even slightly makes it look like a Pint of Guinness.
Céad Míle Fáilte – Dublin, capital of Ireland and a really bustling, cosmopolitan city. Take in the sights and be sure to try a pint of the black stuff … Guinness or perhaps a taste of one Ireland’s fine whiskeys.
*Note during the high season (July, August, September) the pricing may be higher due to demand.