Wicklow: The Garden of Ireland

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, December 2012

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Rolling meadows, vast lakes and forested mountains; it’s not hard to imagine how Wicklow earned the nickname ‘the garden of Ireland’. The East coast county is picture-book Ireland at its best, full of quiet rural villages and beach-side hamlets. The region’s main tourist attraction lies in the town of Glendalough, the ‘Valley of Two Lakes’, home to one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites. Dating back to the 6th century, the Christian settlement was founded by St Kevin and still holds a number of impressive remains. A 30-meter round tower and several churches form the highlights, showcasing some impressive carvings and tombs.

With its verdant scenery and rugged mix of terrains, Wicklow makes the perfect backdrop for exploring the great outdoors and mountain biking, horse riding and angling; all popular activities.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Ireland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Ireland.

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