Avondale House & Forest Park has over 500 acres of mature woodland with tree’s from all over the world including the tallest collection of Trees in Ireland. We have walking trails from an easy 1-hour walk to a tough 5-hour walks. Avondale House was built in 1779. In 1846 Charles Stewart Parnell was born in the house, one of Irelands greatest political leaders
The Cliff Walk goes from Bray to Greystones and is about 7 kilometres long, it follows the East coastline with amazing sea views. It takes about 2 hours to complete and is suitable for all abilities. The walk starts from Bray Promenade up towards Bray Head and then onto the beautiful seaside village of Greystones. You can do the return trip along the same cliff or sample the foodie heaven of Greystones and get the train back to Bray!
The Blessington Greenway walk links the historic town of Blessington with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House. The trail starts at Blessington and leads south along the shores of Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland while it weaves its way along the shores, crosses an ancient medieval Ringfort. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the magnificent scenery and lake wildlife
Crone Wood is a popular choice for many families and hill walkers as the forest has many trails to explore. The route takes you high onto the flanks of Maulin and access to the open mountains with spectacular scenic views
Unique in Ireland, Sculpture in Woodland was formed to develop a greater awareness of wood as an artistic medium. 20 Sculptures are located here, by Irish & International Artists, close to Ashford.
Glen of The Downs Nature Reserve is also known as Bellevue. The Reserve is the finest example of oak wood of its type close to Dublin. It is largely Sessile Oak with an understorey of Holly and a dense carpet of Woodrush, Bilberry and Heather. The woods abound in birdlife and 21 breeding species have been recorded here.
The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral visitors, from its world-famous lakes and nature trails. It is also home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries, despite attacks by Vikings and then Normans over the years.
The Glenmacnass River follows the Old Military Road from Sally Gap to Laragh and Glendalough. The Glenmacnass Waterfall is a stunning scenic location and a popular photo stop for visitors touring along the uplands of the Wicklow Hills. There is a car park above the Waterfall and the Waterfall is a 2 minutes’ walk.
Just a short walk from the Loop Head Lighthouse, at a spot known as Lovers’ Leap, is a stunning natural wonder that’s shrouded in legend: a majestic sea stack known as Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Rock. It’s said that the mythical lovers leapt onto this rock to escape the pursuing armies of Gráinne’s betrothed.
Set at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest at 121m (398ft.) and is 5km from Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. As you drive from the gate lodge towards the Waterfall you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees, some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out for the Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California and grow up to 80m high.
Roundwood Vartry Reservoir has a number of beautiful trails with thriving wildlife, flora, fauna and mountain views over nearly 20km of trails for all to enjoy! Between 1862 and 1868, Lower Vartry Reservoir was formed by constructing a dam across the valley of the River Vartry, and a second dam was completed in 1923 forming the Upper Reservoir.
One of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland with a patchwork of mountainous and upland areas with many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails. The Wicklow Way is part of a network of long-distance self-guided walking trails and combines easy accessibility with a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas. They include mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast-flowing mountain streams, forests and farmland.