5 ways to unwind in Wicklow

Summer is finally here and with it comes an opportunity to visit some of Wicklow’s most scenic attractions.

Head to the Garden County this summer and you’re guaranteed to find natural beauty and solitude. Here are our favourite things to do:

1. Bray Head cliff walk

Let nature inspire you on this adventurous trail along one of Wicklow’s most stunning cliff sides. Whether it’s a sprightly stride or a leisurely stroll, the cliff walk is the perfect way to get some fresh air while getting your exercise in. Start at Bray seafront to follow the path to the top of Bray Head and stop to take in the breathtaking coastal views. From there, the trail continues for around 7 km to Greystones, where you can stop for a well-deserved bite to eat and catch the DART home.

2. Powerscourt

Wander these beautifully designed grounds, including the themed Italian and Japanese gardens and the house’s very own Pepperpot Tower. Powerscourt is home to Ireland’s highest waterfall amidst the beech, oak and pine trees, where you can relax and enjoy a picnic or a scenic stroll while meeting the local wildlife. Keep the kids entertained with the nearby playground or visit the Avoca store and café to explore a range of locally produced gifts, clothing and confectionery products.

3. Glendalough

Explore the blissful beauty of Glendalough’s wooded areas and lakes as you discover the captivating power of Wicklow’s nature reserve. Glendalough’s stunning walking trails make it the perfect location for a family day out, with Clara Lara Funpark only a couple of kilometers away for the little ones. This is one for the history lovers, as the ‘Monastic City’ and St. Kevin’s Tower give fascinating insight into 6th century Ireland’s ties with Christianity.

4. Kilruddery House and Gardens

Discover the pristine 17th century gardens of Bray’s Kilruddery house. Along with hosting various events throughout the year, the Kilruddery estate also offers regular tours of its historical house, which has been home to sixteen generations of the Brabazon family. The gardens are ideal for a family picnic, while the outdoor tea room makes for the perfect spot to chat and soak up the sun during the summer months.

5. Victor’s Way

Escape the tensions of everyday life with this hidden gem in the heart of Roundwood. The Indian meditation gardens allow visitors to embrace tranquility while admiring over forty unique granite sculptures, each representing various elements of spirituality and Indian culture including the seven stages of spiritual growth. With the garden’s 2 km ‘contemplation path’ and isolated ponds, serenity is around every corner at Victor’s Way. It’s recommended that visitors go alone in order to experience the calming effects of the gardens to their full potential and allow room for contemplation and rest.