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Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland and rightly so, as it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland, and within easy reach of the capital as well. Wicklow is home to wonderful Bed and Breakfast accommodation and is blessed with stunning and varied scenery, a spectacular coastline and some of Ireland’s best-preserved early Christian remains. The Wicklow mountains - with their domed granite heights, deep glens and wooded valleys - contribute greatly to the county’s attraction, with the highest peak, Lughnaquilla, being a challenging ascent. A visit to the ancient monastic settlement at Glendalough is almost obligatory when you go to Wicklow.
History and Heritage
Wicklow is teeming with history, with stately homes and castles, church ruins and monastic sites in abundance. Glendalough has been a place of religious pilgrimage for centuries and it is still the single biggest visitor attraction in the county.
It has a strong maritime tradition of boatbuilding, fishing and general shipping which is still maintained in Arklow today. It also has connections with the political history of the country through Charles Stewart Parnell who was born in Rathdrum.
Sites to see
Baltinglass Abbey & Heritage Centre, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Arklow Maritime Museum, Greenane Farm Museum.
Sports and Leisure
Wicklow can boast a wide variety of sporting and leisure activities. Its coastline is ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and canoeing at various locations while rowing and water-skiing is popular on Blessington Lake. Anglers will enjoy the choice of game fishing on numerous rivers and seaangling from a number of places.
Golf courses are in plentiful supply and for the more energetic types there are a number of adventure centres offering mountaineering and canoeing courses.
Eat, Drink and Stay
Wicklow has some outstanding eateries. To name a few, there’s Kitty’s of Arklow, Emilia’s Ristorante (Enniskerry), The Hungry Monk and Vino Pasta (Greystones) and Johnnie Fox’s at Glencullen. The Strawberry Tree Restaurant at BrookLodge Hotel near Aughrim is Ireland’s only organic restaurant and other hotels or country houses with fine dining facilities include Rathsallagh House, Druid’s Glen Marriott Hotel, Tinakilly Country House and Clone House.
The Roundwood Inn is a 17th century pub in the highest village in the Wicklow mountains and other notable pubs include the Harbour Bar and Clancy’s in Bray, Phil Healy’s and The Old Court Inn in Wicklow and Oscar’s in Arklow.
As a much-visited county, Wicklow is well served by a large number of quality B&Bs.
May: Wicklow County Gardens Festival Bray Jazz Festival
June: Festival of Music in Great Irish Houses at Killruddery House & Gardens
July: Synge Summer School in Rathdrum
August: Parnell Summer School in Rathdrum Maritime Festival
Things you have to see or do
Glendalough – contains a monastery founded by St. Kevin
Powerscourt Waterfall – Enniskerry, the highest waterfall in Ireland
Avondale House & Forest Park – Rathdrum, the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell
Wicklow Gaol – located in Wicklow Town
National Sea Life Centre – on Bray’s Seafront
Russborough House & Gardens – perfectly preserved, with all original features still intact
Mount Usher Gardens – designed in the Robinsonian style
Click on the links below to book bed and breakfast accommodation in Wicklow
Wicklow Tourism www.visitwicklow.ie
Wild Wicklow www.wildwicklow.ie
Kippure Estate www.kippure.com