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Exploring County Wicklow, Ireland

County Wicklow
© Diana LaGrandeur 2010
County Wicklow © Diana LaGrandeur 2010

County Wicklow is located directly south of Dublin on the East Coast of Ireland. Just over an hour by car or bus from Dublin, it is home to Wicklow National Park and the famous Wicklow Way, a lovely hiking trail that takes one through the hills and natural beauty of Wicklow. This Irish county draws many visitors each year with its lush views and pleasant trails. One highlight of visiting County Wicklow is the monastery at Glendalough (pronounced “Glenda-lock”.)

Wicklow offers the charm and local atmosphere of many pubs and restaurants within its cozy towns as well as a wide variety of accommodation across the spectrum from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, a striking sight to see tucked away among the winding roads of Enniskerry near the Powerscourt Gardens; to warm and welcoming Bed and Breakfasts like the Wicklow Way Lodge near Oldbridge, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. A favourite of many visitors, Wicklow Way Lodge has welcomed many adventurous travelers and a few celebrities alike! Nestled within the Wicklow Mountains, it provides an excellent place to begin a hike along the Wicklow Way, after a comfortable, refreshing night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast.

County Wicklow offers many types of tours throughout the whole of the region. Depending upon a visitor’s interests, one may take a guided day tour from Dublin to Wicklow and learn about the history of the area and have a pint in a pub. If being immersed in nature is the preference, there are bird tours and nature hikes from which to choose. Those who may wish to explore on their own will find any excursion by car or on foot to be most engaging with breathtaking views at every turn and appealing places to stop for photos or an afternoon picnic.

Those seeking a bit of local culture and music as well, can attend the Arklow Music Festival. This is a week-long choral and music competition featuring local students that usually takes place at the end of February to the beginning of March. Also in Arklow is the Seabreeze Festival, which offers a wide variety of events and entertainment for locals and visitors, with something for everybody to enjoy, from live music to Irish dancing to competitions like a wheelbarrow obstacle race! This festival usually occurs in the summer for one weekend in July.

Whether a traveler is looking to have a tranquil time walking along the Wicklow Way taking in the majestic views of the Wicklow Mountains or if one wants to visit with friends over a pint in a pub; no matter what someone’s interests or preference may be, County Wicklow has something to offer and suit every visitor.

More information about County Wicklow can be found through the links in this article and to the right.


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