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Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains, called the "Garden of Ireland", are a range of mountains running southeast from Dublin through County Wicklow. The mountains are a popular weekend and holiday retreat for Dubliners looking to get out of the city for fresh air and various recreational activities.

While the Wicklow Mountains themselves are not all that tall (the highest peak is 925 m/3,035 ft), the landscape is stunningly wild and markedly different from the typical green grassy plains of the Emerald Isle. Set up as a National Park, the 20,000 hectres (almost 50,000 acres) encompass serene lakes and deep glacial valleys that are dotted between the mountains, offering visitors the chance to fish, kayak, and hike among other activities. Plus, Ireland's highest waterfall, Powerscourt, is located in the park as well.

Besides those that come to enjoy the great outdoors, the Wicklow Mountains also attract people wanting to visit the ancient monastic ruins of Glendolough, which is tucked away into one of its valleys. This monastery is believed to have been established by St. Kevin and is now a pilgrimage site frequently visited by Catholics.

Practical Info

The scenic route to the Wicklow Mountains from Dublin is by Military Road, which crosses over the mountains and passes by numerous bogs and lakes along the way. This is a windy, narrow road and the ride can be a bit bumpy, but the views make the journey worthwhile.

Another option is to take a rail tour from Dublin. This alternative removes the hassle of navigating the mountain roads without compromising the stunning views of the Irish countryside.

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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 760 Reviews

The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.68

3-Day Southeast Ireland Tour from Dublin: Kilkenny, Blarney Castle, Glendalough, and Kinsale

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover the best of Ireland’s pristine southeast, including Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, the Copper Coast, Waterford, the Wicklow Mountains and ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $458.15

Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Combine Ireland's stunning coastal and mountain scenery on this lovely rail tour from Dublin. You'll travel through the magical Wicklow Mountains, visit the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.45

County Wicklow Day Trip from Dublin: Wicklow Gaol, Avoca and Glendalough

Discover the unsurpassed beauty of the "Garden of Ireland" on a County Wicklow day trip from Dublin. After visiting the haunted Wicklow Gaol, you'll ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.61

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