A short cry from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, you can find yourself breathing in the fresh clean air of Co. Wicklow.
Many people head straight for Glendalough which is a wonderful place, but it gets very crowded. If you were to go there on a bank holiday Monday in October, you’ll find almost as many people as you would Christmas Eve on Grafton street.
But there is a lot more to Wicklow than just Glendalough, beautiful and all as it is. Wicklow has one of the biggest National parks in Ireland and it is less than an hour’s drive from the Spire in O’Connell Street. Wicklow’s National park covers 20,000 hectares and is mostly bog, mountain and heath. Here you can find many beautiful walking trails and lakes. Wicklow is also covered in forests and Coillte, the national forestry agency, makes these forests very accessible to people through developing walks and bike trails. One such forest is Ballinastoe Woods on the road between Enniskerry and Roundwood. These woods have many kilometres of path ways that are great for walking. The uppermost walking trail brings you out to a beautiful view above Lough Tay and the former Guinness estate at Luggala. This forest also has a 16 kilometre systems of bike trail.