County Wicklow, just below Dublin is known as the Garden of Ireland. It’s a beautiful garden in any season. But maybe in this season more than any. For, ‘Autumn is a second spring where every leaf’s a flower!‘ (Camus)
Take the M11 south from Dublin & exit 7
Powerscourt Demesne is just outside the picturesque village of Enniskerry. Walk down the steps toward the Pegasus statues & Triton Lake. See the Japanese Gardens & Pepperpot Tower. Have coffee with a view in the Avoca cafe, overlooking Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Kilruddery House is outside Bray. The gardens are maintained in their 17th Century Style. I loved the marble statues in the Orangerie. Wander round the posh ‘n’ popular Farmer’s Market held on a Saturday morning.
Bray has a lovely esplanade & Coastal path. Our kids loved the Tudor-style McDonald’s.
Greystones is a foodie gem. The Happy Pear on Church Street sells healthy, wholesome vegetarian food. You’ll be spoilt for choice as you dander down the street-Tapas, Italian, Indian, & Thai food- as well as traditional Irish!And apparently the best burritos in Ireland at the Burrito Box. We’ll check it out next time!
There’s also an excellent SuperValu for supplies & provisions.
One of Irish Campers great discoveries of 2019 was the village of Delgany. So much good food in a small place:
The firehouse– Artisan Bakery
The Pigeon House cafe– for brunch, lunch & more
The Bear Paw Deli for food to go
Kilmacanogue (Kilmac for short) is a village where Avoca Headquarters is based. Visit their gift shop & cafe.
You can climb Sugar Loaf Mountain from the nearby carpark(It’s on our to-do list!)
Drive to Laragh & Glendalough via Annamoe (You can understand why Daniel Day Lewis chose to make his home here!)
Try St Kevin’s icecream & coffee. Visit God’s Cottage. Walk to the Round Tower & keep walking (There’s so much awesome scenery beyond!)
Irish Camper hack:
The Upper Lake carpark is just 4euro for a camper while the lower carpark is 15 euro
Walk the board walk 1.5 km from the upper lough back to the monastic village Or try longer more challenging walks eg The Spinc Walk – follow the blue arrows up Poulanass Waterfall. As always, the view is worth the climb!
Drive from Laragh through Wicklow Mountains National Park to Sally Gap back to Roundwood- via the military Road R115.
There’s 20,000 hectares of mountain scenery. It really feels like a drive in the wilderness away from civilisation.
Or head south from Glendalough & stopover at Glenmalure Lodge (N 52.95749 W 6.3534) There’s great hospitality & space for 4 motorhomes (Tel 00353 (0)40 446188) We’re heading back to find the Carawaystick Waterfall!
Drive on the scenic R756 to the Wicklow Gap (N 53.060367 W -6.500216) & stop with a view.
Make sure you’ve packed your hiking boots & check out these walks in Wicklow
If retail therapy is more your scene, head over the hills toward Hollywood or Blessington & Naas to Kildare outlet . We’ve bagged a few bargains at the North Face outlet there!
If you’ve longer to wander, drive though the Vale of Avoca, where Ballykissangel was filmed. Visit the original Avoca Handweaver’s Mill & have a picnic by the river.
☘️Keep on exploring!
coinnigh ort ag iniúchadh☘️
PS 10 reasons to take a road trip & wander through Wicklow