Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow
Wicklow Mountains National Park covers part of a mountain range that extends over most of County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The upper slopes and rounded peaks are blanketed with heath and bog. The open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and the winding mountain roads. Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.
The primary purpose of Wicklow Mountains National Park is the conservation of local biodiversity and landscape. The Park is also an invaluable recreational space for locals and visitors alike. Over one million visits are estimated to be made each year. The most visited area is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin is located. Escape from the summer crowds is possible for those coming properly equipped to explore the uplands on foot, where a sense of wilderness and isolation can readily be found.
The Information Office for the National Park, and the Education Centre are both located in Glendalough near the Upper Lake. The Education Centre focuses on nature awareness, conservation, and ecology. It hosts a range of courses and tours for school children, students and other groups. The Centre is accessible for people with disabilities.
Location: From Laragh, take the road to Glendalough. Keep going past the Glendalough Visitor Centre and Monastic City, and past the Glendalough hotel. At the end of the road is a car park (€4 charge). Park here. Follow the signs to The Education Centre (a short walk up the Miner's Road), or to the Information Office.
Please note: The National Park is a protected area and visitors are urged to follow Leave No Trace principals. In particular, take all your litter home with you, and do not pick plants and flowers, or take other natural things home with you.
To read more about County Wicklow - the Garden of Ireland - see our blog.
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