Welcome to Wicklow! Where else would you find a whole county filled with such scenic beauty – from sandy shoreline to high mountains, remote glens and forest trails, with great food and drink, all kinds of activities and sports – and accommodation at River Valley to suit all budgets?
Whatever your sport or outdoor activity, it’s here. The place is a golfer’s heaven, offering the challenge of some of the world’s best link courses as well as a stellar selection of scenic parkland courses. Swimming, sailing and other water based activities are well catered for in Wicklow ’s beaches and seaside towns. Meanwhile, back on land: walking, trekking, cycling, equestrian, quad biking and the more adventurous sports are all available.
Its situation on Ireland’s east coast, convenient not only to Dublin but also to Dun Laoighre and Rosslare, makes the county an ideal location.
History seeps from the very stones of Wicklow, from prehistory to the medieval ages to the stirring times of the more recent past. The span of the centuries is almost tangible in the scenic setting of one of Ireland’s earliest monastic sites at Glendalough, while other parts of the county hold the sites of rebel strongholds and battles long ago.
Wicklow has the largest national park in Ireland ( 65,000 acres), the biggest forest land, the largest mountain area, the highest waterfall, the biggest man-made lake and the source of Dublin’s own River Liffey.
Families find Wicklow an ideal destination, whether for a whole holiday or a day’s outing, with an impressive variety of activities – both indoors and out – geared for all ages and abilities. It’s no wonder they keep coming back for more. You will, too!
Nature and Beauty
Of all the thirty-two counties on the island of Ireland, it is hard to think of one that matches the sheer variety of stunning landscapes to be found in Wicklow.
Wooded hills, wild mountains, waterfalls rivers lakes, rugged trails and long stretches of sandy beaches – you’ll find them all here, side by side with the rolling pastures of working farms, and the picturesque parklands of great houses – all in the space of Wicklow’s 2,017 square kilometres.
Town and Villages
Whether it’s a pretty village or a bustling town, you’ll experience a warm Wicklow welcome from the local people as you explore a farmers’ market, visit a festival, or just stop to ask questions . www.visitwicklow.ie/towns
From the breezy coast to the rolling hills, the county can boast links and parkland courses to equal the world’s best, many designed by top names. For a list of golf clubs, driving ranges, golf pros and shops go to www.visitwicklow.ie/golf
In a dramatic landscape formed by the ice 10,000 years ago, the county is rich in history. Discover all our heritage sites on www.wicklow.ie/heritage. Ireland’s second most visited site is in Wicklow. The ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough (Glen of two lakes) attracts over one million visitors every year.
House and Gardens
With such a spectacular setting, It’s no wonder Wicklow in the past attracted the landed gentry whose wealth enabled them to build homes on a truly grand scale.
Some of these period houses have become great hotels. Others, still in private hands, are open to the public. Their magnificent gardens are a distinctive element of the county’s attractions, and the garden festival is a major event. You’ll find all the details on www.visitwicklow.ie/gardens
Whether you want to walk at your own pace or join an organised group, few places in the world can match Wicklow’s accessibility. Varied terrain, its flora and fauna and sheer breath- taking vistas. The Wicklow way, running north to south across the mountains for 132km (82 miles) is the county’s most famous route, but there are many more. And in the towns, too, there are organised walking tours tracing their fascinating history. You’ll find them all detailed on www.visitwicklow.ie/walk
( see our Fun days out for families under Activities).
Picnic –sites, walking trails, fun parks ,swimming – you name it, there’s fun for all the family in Wicklow – whatever the weather. Indoors and outdoors, there’s entertainment and adventure here for all ages. The full range is to be found on www.visitwicklow.ie/activities