Thursday, 11 April 2013

About County Wicklow,Ireland

Glendalough - County Wicklow

About County Wicklow
County Wicklow is located directly below County Dublin on the east coast of Ireland. This is a county blessed with a mix of purple mountains, waterfalls, golden sandy beaches and wooded glens and it's this natural beauty that gives Wicklow the title 'Garden of Ireland'.

What To See And Do
When in County Wicklow make sure to visit some top attractions like Glendalough, where St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century. St. Kevin chose this location, as it was beautiful, peaceful and remote. Today visitors can see the monastic remains from that time including a round tower, some high crosses and churches. To learn more visit the Glendalough Visitors Centre .

There are lots of scenic drives in County Wicklow but the Vale of Avoca is one that should not be missed! Where the River Avonmore meets the River Avonbeg is a lush valley and it was here that Thomas Moore was inspired to write the poem "The Meeting of the Waters". Visit the little town of Avoca, made famous by the TV series "Ballykissangle". You'll also find Avoca Handweavers here, which claims to have Ireland's oldest working woollen mill!

Other must see attractions in County Wicklow include Powerscourt Waterfall and Gardens, Blessington Lake, Wicklow National Park, Mount Usher Gardens and the Arklow Maritime Museum.

County Wicklow sets the perfect backdrop for a whole range of outdoor activities like horseriding, golfing, fishing, cycling, water sports and lots of walking opportunities like the popular Wicklow Way - a beautiful walking trail through the Wicklow hills and countryside.

Towns In County Wicklow
The towns of Bray, Greystones and Arklow on the coastline are major seaside resorts. Other popular towns in Wicklow include Blessington, Enniskerry, Baltinglass and Wicklow town.

How To Get To County Wicklow
If you arrive in Dublin Airport and hire a car it's about a 1 hour journey from Dublin city to Glendalough in the heart of County Wicklow. Just follow the N11 out of Dublin city to get to County Wicklow, then take the R755-R756-R757 to get to Glendalough.

You can also get a bus connection or a train from Dublin's Connolly Station and be in Wicklow town in just 1 hour.

Glendalough is about a 1 and a half hour drive from Rosslare Ferryport in County Wexford.

Featured Attraction - Glendalough

Not only is Glendalough home to one of Ireland's top attractions, it's also a place of astounding natural beauty. After you've explore the monastic remains including the round tower, the cathedral, the Priest's House, St. Kevin's Church, St. Kevin's Cell and St. Kevin's Bed, take a pleasant walk along one of two beautiful nature trails.