Traditional county Wicklow Ireland is a beautiful Irish town famous for its verdant mountains and its breath-taking coastline. It was formed as early as 1606 and is a part of the mid-east region of Ireland.
Colloquially called the ‘Garden of Ireland’ it’s scenic allure has made many tourists visit it over the years. It derives its name from the Old Norse name Víkingaló, which means ‘Vikings’ Meadow.’
Fun fact: County Wicklow has become a popular film-making location in Ireland. Films like Excalibur, In the Name of the Father and P.S I Love You and the hit TV show Vikings have all been shot here.
Getting there, and getting around County Wicklow
Given that County Wicklow comprises of several little villages and tourist sites, getting around is easy in the town. Wicklow has bus services that take passengers to all these attractions and the little villages around the county. The frequency is also great. If you miss one you can always hop onto another.
Cabs and taxis are available for hire. If you’re in a big group you can also hire mini-buses and coaches. There are tourist offices all over County Wicklow to offer assistance and guidance to tourists looking for any kind of information. There’s Wicklow Town Tourist Office, Bray Tourist Office, Rathdrum Tourist Office and several others.
Popular tourist sites and attractions
Mountains, lakes, hiking trails, beaches, County Wicklow is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s the perfect place to run away to when you’re tired of the cacophony in big cities.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
The Wicklow Mountains National Park is the most popular tourist attraction. The beautiful, sprawling landscape is a sight for sore eyes. Within the park there are glacial rivers and lakes, there’s also a 129km walking trail that traverses through the national park. Hiking and trekking are open to tourists.
The Great Sugar Loaf
The Great Sugar Loaf is another beautiful hill you can go hiking, it resembles a volcano.
Glendalough, a gorgeous heritage site, is a glacial valley renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. There’s lots of recreational area around Glendalough where you can gather for picnics and take in the beauty all around.
Lough Tay nestled among the Wicklow Mountains is a small but exceptionally scenic lake you could visit.
The seaside town of Bray is also a popular tourist destination because of its Victorian promenade’s, a beach and a headland with walking trails.
Greystone is another coastal town within the county where you can soak up some sun at the beach.
Weather in County Wicklow and the best time to visit
The average temperatures in the county vary depending on what time of the year it is. However, it stays rather cold and rainy throughout the year (so remember to carry appropriate clothing). If you’re looking to visit Wicklow when it is warm then June to August, and then June are the best months, though they are also the most crowded. Again, hot here would simply mean “less cold than usual”.
So what are you waiting for? Start packing and have a wonderful trip. Do let us know in the comments section below how great your trip was!