Druids Glen Hotel – Walking Trial

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow  is a fantastic place to visit and offers its own walking trail.

The walking trail is about 4km starting at the hotel to the Woodstock House. The trail goes along the edge of the golf course itself and the scenary is great. See photos below, enjoy.

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Devils Glen

The Devils Glen is a nice easy walk about 1 hour outside of Dublin. Park in the carpark highlighted below and follow the trail through the woods to the waterfall. Keep an eye out of the sculptures and quotes along the trail. In the early 19th century, before the Vartry Reservoir was built in the mountains above, the river came through the glen in full uninhibited majesty, its roaring in throes of flood so loud that locals said the Evil One was howling for sinners down there. 20130519_161759 map

Car park location.

The Wicklow Gap

The beautiful Wicklow Gap (R756). Take a drive or even a cycle over the rural mountain landscape.  The Wicklow Gap road goes from Hollywood near the N81 about 10km from Blessington to the village of Laragh near Glendalough.

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Bray Strand In The Sun

Busy Bank Holiday Monday in Bray.

Parking can be at a premium during the weekends and the area can be quite congested. There is a DART station nearby though. Starting point for a walk up Bray Head or the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk.

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Great Sugar Loaf Climb (Short Route)

If you are looking for a reasonably short climb with a great view then you must visit the Great Sugar Loaf (often just called the Sugar Loaf). The Great Sugar Loaf (Beannach Mhór) is located in County Wicklow, south of Bray.IMG_3819

It’s roughly 30-40 minutes drive from Dublin. The short route starts at the car park at the base of the hill (link to car park @ 53.144442, -6.154727) and the climb up and down takes about 1 hour in total.  From the top you have a great view of Bray, Greystones and Dun Laoghaire. On a clear day (like we have in the pictures) you can see Howth Head also.

Just be aware that the path up has lots of loose rocks and you have to climb a bit of rock in the end. There is a longer hike up to this hill but we will cover that another day. Our pictures were taken on a cold January afternoon. Enjoy!


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Bray to Greystones Cliffwalk

The Bray to Greystones Cliffwalk is a fantastic walk along the coast. There is a well kept path that is quite popular. It can be walked in both directions but if you only fancy going one way just take the DART back. We parked in Bray, walked to Greystones and got the DART back.  From the Bray side it starts just after the Bray Head Hotel. Parking is limited here so grab some parking along the beach.

Grade: Moderate, the route is marked with Red arrows
Distance: 7km
Estimated time: 2.5hrs
Total height climbed: 130m
Highest point: 100m
Terrain underfoot: Footpath

Again wicklowwalks.com provides a great guide http://www.wicklowwalks.com/bray-cliff-walk

Also check out http://www.thecliffwalk.ie/

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Maulin & Powerscourt Waterfall

Great walk that passes by the Powerscourt Waterfall as you climb the summit of Maulin in Wicklow. The walk takes about 3 hours. Start the walk by parking at Crone Car Park.

We found this hike from the following great website http://www.wicklowwalks.com/powerscourt-waterfall. More details of the hike can be found here or below.

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Route

  • Starting from the car park at Crone, follow the forest trail at the head of the car park. There are several twists and turns in the path, but ignore side paths and follow the route clearly marked with Wicklow Way signs.
  • After passing through the forest, the path suddenly emerges into the open high above the valley into which the Powerscourt Waterfall drains, with wonderful views. Follow the path along the side of the valley.
  • The path eventually becomes less clear for a while as it enters some pine woods. Follow a line through these woods to emerge in the open again to a clearly marked path with a view of Maulin to the right, and the Dargle river (which becomes the waterfall) to the left.
  • A pleasant detour is to follow the path downhill to the Dargle River for a picnic.
  • At this point there is an option to return back to Crone along the same path again, reducing the walk duration by about an hour. Otherwise, continue uphill to the summit of Maulin along the clearly visible path.
  • Follow the path back into the woods to pick up the forestry road. Be sure to head west rather than east to find the point where the path enters the woods.
  • Follow the forestry road back to Crone car park. There are several routes through the forest, but all lead back to the car park.