We all know Wicklow is a bit of a gem of a county for outdoor folk. And with a nickname like the Garden of Ireland, you won’t be surprised to hear that there are some stunning walks there. Here are just a few walks in Wicklow:

1. Lugnaquilla

Distance: 10 -16km

Walks in Wicklow

At 925 m peak, Lug is the highest peak in the Wicklow Mountains range and the highest in Ireland outside of Co Kerry. It is an unusual mountain as its summit plateaus making it difficult to navigate in poor weather. There are no marked routes on the mountain and it will take you a good 5-8hrs to do the whole thing, covering between 10 – 16km. But the views are something else and if you get a good day you will catch sight of Snowdonia in Wales.

More info: Outsider.ie

2. The Wicklow Way

Distance: 127km

Walks in Wicklow
Image: James Fennell/Tourism Ireland

The Wicklow Way was one of the first long-distance hiking trails in Ireland and it still remains the most popular one in the country. Don’t let that deter you though, if you are seeking solitude, you’ll still find it here. Bar around Glendalough, chances are you won’t meet too many kindred spirits walking. The waymarked trails include mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests and farmland. Beginning in Dublin’s southern suburb of Rathfarnham and travelling down through Wicklow to finish in the picturesque village of Clonegal, Co Carlow.

More info: The Wicklow Way

3. The Spinc, Glendalough

Distance: 9km

Things to do in Wicklow
Image: Fáilte Ireland

This is a fairly strenuous and tough mountain walk from the Medieval monastery in Glendalough, Co Wicklow, that will take you through a glacial valley, forests, mountain tops and along the upper and lower Glendalough lakes. The full Spinc walk is a 9km loop that can be pretty steep in places depending on which direction you go. It’ll take you around 3/4 hours. You can start in the car park beside the Glendalough Medieval Monastic site that’s free, or from the Upper Lake Car Park that cuts out some of the walk.

More info: Discover Ireland

4. Bray Cliff Walk

Distance: 7km

This stunning coastal path takes you 7km along the cliffs between Bray and Greystones. If you want to go one way from Bray, for example, you can hop on the DART to take you back from Greystones.

The path winds its way along the side of Bray Head and is well maintained, although muddy in places at certain times of the year. It also has beautiful sea views, cliffs, marine wildlife and it’ll take you around two hours depending on your pace.

You can climb to the top of Bray Head if you want an even better view along the east coast, over Dublin city and out to the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.

More info: Visit Wicklow

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5. Lough Firrib and Arts Cross, Wicklow Mountains

Distance: 15km

Walks in Wicklow

This is a challenging run on mixed terrain which in parts can be very slow going. There are two routes available. The views are stunning all along the trail, whether roughly west-south-west towards Conavalla and Table Mountain as you head towards Lough Firrib, or the views roughly north-east towards Blessington Lakes from Art’s Cross. It’s the perfect place to go trail running!

More info: Outsider.ie

6. The Circuit of Brockagh

Distance: 27km

waterfall brockaugh circuit

This is a trail that gives you a real sense of being immersed in the wilderness, while at the same time remaining accessible. The terrain is constantly changing, which keeps you on your toes and is challenging so should be well planned for. You should have navigation experience and the right gear. The ground is a mix of well-worn and lightly trodden trails.

More info: Outsider.ie

7. The Tinahely Loop

Distance: 25km

sheep tinahely

A sturdy 25 kilometres of pure walking heaven, developed through local Tinahely Community Projects. It takes in parts of the Railway Walk, the Wicklow Way, segued with exhilarating slices of the Muskeagh walking trail.

You can begin the loop in the Tinahely village itself, basking in village life experience by visiting the many small cafes and pubs centred around the village focal point, Dwyer Square, such as the Wagon Wheels pub or Seaver’s Bar.

More info: Outsider.ie

8. The Sugar Loaf Trail

Distance: 2.5 km

Things to do in Wicklow
Image: Tourism Ireland

The Sugar Loaf is a thing of beauty. It’s recognisable by its conical shape. The route starts in a car park on Red Lane under a concrete arch. It’s an easy one at 2.5km with its highest point at 500m and it takes place all along mountain tracks.

More info: Visit Wicklow

If you are looking for something a bit alternative, you can now hike with an Alpaca! Wicklow-based company K2 Alpacas are offering you the chance to walk with your very own Alpaca across the Wicklow Mountains.

If you need a guide, check out Ju Ju’s Adventures. They will bring you off the beaten track, trail running or hiking away from the regular tourist trails. Or for adventure courses, rock climbing or mountain skills check out Adventure.ie based in Glendalough.

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By Orla O'Muiri

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