Experience the best of Ireland walking in Wicklow through the heart of the ancient east. This part of the country is bursting with nature. As you navigate this wonderful trail you will find the panoramic views, historic sites and unique stopping points in charming villages. Here are just a few of the reasons why we love walking in Wicklow.
Take a moment to reflect at the summit of a mountain while enjoying the impressive views across the ‘garden of Ireland’. The mountains can breathe life into any dull situation, as Yeats so eloquently puts its it:
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
― W.B. Yeats
The undulating mountains in Wicklow are plentiful. From the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains it is easy to imagine how Irish writers and poets were inspired so easily. Any aches and pains from walking quickly disappears when you are surrounded by such beauty. The Wicklow Way is packed full of views over rolling green hills and fields bursting with flora and fauna. As you stand just below the clouds on top of gigantic mountain tops you will have panoramic views that set fire to the imagination.
The peace and quiet
Walking in this natural landscape is a welcome break from bustling city life, bringing you across some of the most peaceful trails in Ireland. The only sounds you will hear are the birds singing in the trees, the water gushing from the falls and branches knocking against eachother. It is a perfect escape from the noisy city streets. Why not use a walk through the woodlands of Wicklow as a time to calm the mind, only concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other.
The sense of adventure
From the moment you step onto the curved pathways around the mountains you can’t help but be filled with that childlike feeling of adventure. Enjoy plodding through the bog, over stony ground and on the high ridges of a glacial Valley. No visit to Wicklow is complete without a stop off at the historic site of Glendalough. Here you will learn about the 6th century monastic village that was known as the ‘centre of learning in Ireland’. As you ascend the mountains around Lough Dan you will be looking down on the location of the popular television series ‘Vikings’. Walking up steep Valleys, discovering old ring forts and stumbling upon a roundtower from the 12th century are just a few of the discovery points along the way.
No trip to Ireland would be complete without the perfect pint of Guinness and some homemade Irish treats. Sit outside, admiring the breathtaking views at the Glenmalure lodge for a cold refreshment on a sunny day. Another must, for the adult walker, is to taste a cup of the famous Irish hot whiskey on one of those colder days in the Wicklow Heather restaurant. The Coach House in Roundwood serves up a delicious breakfast. This is the perfect way to start your day walking across the mountain tops and through forests to your final stop before the capital. When you reach the capital you will be spoiled for choice with restaurants serving up delicious meals on every street.
Besides the exhilerating feeling that we get from being outdoors and the time that it gives us to clear our cluttered minds, most of the memories from any travel experience include the people that we bump into along the way. A walking holiday in Wicklow is no exception here. Whether you opt to do a solo adventure, a family trip or a guided walk you will be greeted with a smile when you are in Ireland.
These are just a few of the reasons to love walking in Wicklow but I am sure that we can come up with a few more. Why do you love walking?
For more information about the Wicklow Way or any of our walking holidays in Ireland please contact one of our Travel Specialists.