Top Hikes to Experience in Wicklow

Experience in Wicklow

Outdoor hiking fanatics have probably heard of Wicklow in Ireland. As a haven for outdoor folks, this county is known as the garden of Ireland. The entire countryside has some of the best walks to indulge in. Below are a few of the handpicked hiking trails to experience at least once in your lifetime.

1.    Lugnaquilla

This hike lasts about 10 to 25 km and is known to be the highest peak you will find in the Wicklow mountain area. As far as Irish records go, the climb is in the highest mountains apart from the Kerry. The hill is very unusual as it has a plateau en route. The passage across the plateau makes it very tough to navigate through if the weather is not favoring you. It is definitely for the more seasoned hikers who are not easily swayed by weather. The other difficulty factor about the hike is that there are little to no markings along the route. The entire walk takes about 8 to 10 hours to complete but gives you access to some of the best stunning views you can find in all of Ireland. On a great day, it is possible to get a glimpse of Snowdonia in Wales when you are on this hike.

2.    The Wicklow Way

Marked as one of the most extended hikes this 127Km length can take more than a day to finish. Make sure that you take a tent along with you so that the walk is a pleasurable experience and at a steady pace too. The hike is a prevalent one in all of Ireland and for a good reason also. If you are one of those outdoor adventurers who look for some alone time on your hikes, this is the one for you. You won’t even be troubled by many other hikers around either. The trails are marked, and all the mountains and upland lakes are clearly described on the marketing for you to know about and enjoy thoroughly. Forests, streams, valleys, and farmland are littered throughout the trail for you to enjoy. Go through the Wicklow way onto the village of Clonegal for some picture sessions at the end of your path. 

3.    The Spinc

Hardcore hikers, look for the Spinc – A strenuous hike in all of Ireland. However, the sights and views are the best rewards you will see too. The Medival monastery of Glendalough is one of the best places to visit on your trail along with the Glendalough lakes. The entire walk is about 9kms but has extremely steep areas that you will need to cover. Depending on your energy levels and psychical capabilities, you should be able to finish the entire thing in about 3 or 4 hours.

4.    Bray Cliff

The walk is short at about 7 km and is an excellent sampler for someone who wants to experience a hike in Ireland that is not very demanding. The views are breathtaking, and every hiker is bound to have more fun with picture ops that they wouldn’t even notice the walk. The entire path wraps around the side of Bray’s head and is very well looked after by the local council. There are certain times when the weather can make the trail seem muddy. However, it all pales when you are greeted with views of stunning lakes, cliffs, and marine life.