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10 Most Beautiful Hikes In Wicklow

    Wicklow is known for it’s beautiful mountains and scenery and it is why it is one of the best spots in Ireland to go for a hike. From the Irish Sea to Sally’s Gap you can choose between some of the most beautiful trails.

    Below I have created a list of my top 10 favourite spots to Hike in Wicklow.

    1. The Sugar Loaf

    This is one of the most popular walks in Wicklow as it offers the most beautiful view from the top. The climb itself only takes around 30-40 minutes to reach the top. There is a nice worn path along the trail so you will have no problem finding your way. It can be a little rocky towards the top so just make sure to take it easy.

    2. Bray to Greystones

    This is more of a long walk rather than a hike but it is still offers an amazing trail along the coastline. Depending what way you go the trail can be completely flat or if you want more of a challenge you can head up Bray head and join the Greystones trail along the way. The trail is about 7km and can take about 2-3 hours to complete and you can finish it off with a delicious bite to eat in one of the many cafes in Greystones.

    3. Lough Ouler

    For this hike you will be tackling Tongalee mountain which is the 3rd highest mountain within the Wicklow mountains. This hike offers you a beautiful view of the surrounding Wicklow Way area as well as the beautiful Lough Ouler also known as the love heart lake. To reach the top it only takes around 40-50 minutes with an extra 15-20 to reach the lake viewpoint. The beginning of the trail can be extremely muddy so I would advise doing this one in the summer or on a really cold day so the mud is frozen over.

    4. The Spinc

    This is again another popular hike in Wicklow as well as one of the best walks in Glendalough. There are a few different trails you can take depending on your level. The short route isn’t too challenging but it does have a lot of steep hills. This trail takes you along the Spinc ridge overlooking the Glendalough Valley and it is absolutely beautiful. It can take about 3-4 hours to complete but be sure to keep an eye out for some of the amazing wildlife along the trail!

    5. Ballinastoe Woods

    Personally, this is one of my favourite hikes on the list just because it has the most beautiful boardwalk trail. It feels like you have stepped into a scene from The Lord Of The Rings movies. You can make this hike as long or as short as you would like. Honestly, whatever trail you choose you will be treated to some beautiful views of the surrounding area or Lough Tay.

    6. Crone Woods

    This is a great trail for all levels. Along the trail you will be surrounded by beautiful forests as well as getting an amazing view of Powerscourt Waterfall and a 360 view of the surrounding areas. The trail is about 6-7km and will take around 2-3 hours.

    7. Devil’s Glen

    This is another one of my top spots on the list. This is a great option for absolutely everyone! The trail is very nice and easy with just a few steep slopes and some muddy areas. You will be treated to enchanting forests and the most beautiful waterfall. The only problem with Devil’s Glen is that there are very few parking spots and it can get extremely busy on the weekends so I would advise going as early as possible and just be prepared for the very tiny roads.

    8. Djouce Mountain

    This mountain is the 74th highest peak in Ireland. This trail is really nice and straightforward and it has a great route that is regularly maintained. It will take usually 2-3 hours to complete depending on your pace.

    9. The Bray Head Walk

    This is another really popular hiking spot in Wicklow. It is really handy to get to as it is only about a 10-minute walk from Bray dart station. The trail is easy to moderate but has very steep inclines and some spots may be muddy depending on the weather. At the top of Bray Head, you will be treated to amazing views of the Irish Sea and the surrounding Wicklow mountains.

    10. Wicklow Way

    Okay, I know the full Wicklow Way hike can take almost a week to complete but there are some great starting points along the way and you can choose how long you would like to hike for. One of my favourite starting points would be the car park beside Turlough Hill as you will have a beautiful view of the lower lake and the surrounding mountains. Again this trail can be as long or as short as you want but if you do end up doing the full Wicklow Way Hike let me know how it goes!