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“As I came over the Wicklow Gap, All in a summer still; The sun shone on the mountain cap, A single shaft of golden spill…”

 

Martin Swords

Listen to nature’s voice

Welcome to Wicklow
Mountains National Park

Wicklow Mountains National Park stretches across almost 23,000 hectares south of Dublin. The largest of Ireland’s National Parks and the only one in the east, Wicklow features wide-open vistas, winding mountain roads and fast-flowing streams that descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys, including St Kevin’s monastic settlement at Glendalough.

Discover how you can help us conserve the park’s biodiversity and landscape, or plan your visit to explore the uplands on a hike or scenic drive. A true flavour of Ireland’s ancient wilderness awaits you in the park.

Directions

Boundary Map of
Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow Boundary Area Map

Area

23,000 ha

S.P.A:

004040

Location in Co.Wicklow

Location in Co.Wicklow

Legend

  • Parking
  • Lake
  • River
  • N81
  • Mountain Peak
  • Coillte Land
  • Visitor Centre
  • Park Boundary

The detail on this map is generalised: it is not suitable for hill-walking. The map does not show legal title to property. Cartography ©2009 – ESRI Ireland Ltd and the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government. Based on Ordnance Survey Ireland data. Licence No. EN 0059208. © Ordnance Survey Ireland / Government of Ireland.

Picks of the Park


Spinc Trails

walking & hiking


Enjoy spectacular views of the Upper Lake on the Spinc boardwalk. Fitness and hiking boots required on hill walks.

Walking & hiking

Upper Lake View

Things to do


Possibly the most photographed view in Wicklow. Always spectacular no matter the weather or time of day.

Wicklow Mts. Trails

Military Road

Things to do


Take a drive across the historic Military Road and Sally Gap. Enjoy wide rolling mountain scenery.

Military Road

Rediscover the magic of the great outdoors

Protect Nature

Thank you for helping us protect the habitats and wildlife of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. When you enjoy responsible outdoor recreation here, you help us preserve the Wicklow wilderness and everything that makes it unique.

Useful Tips

Plan Ahead

Think about the best time to visit and how you’ll travel here, to minimise your environmental impact. Check the weather and make sure you have everything you need to bring.

Be Considerate

Be aware of how your activities and behaviour can impact nature, the experience of other visitors and those working here. Be mindful of any noise you make and how you interact with others along the way.

Respect Wildlife

Dogs are very welcome but must stay on the lead. If you can, avoid sensitive times for wildlife nesting and breeding.


Travel and Camp on Durable Ground

The marked trails let you take in all the best parts of the Wicklow Mountains wilderness. Only Wilderness Camping is permitted: review the guidelines here.

Leave What You Find

Do take photographs of the landscape and plants, but please leave even the smallest details untouched, so others can enjoy the Wicklow Mountains wilderness just as you did.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Litter is a huge threat to nature. By bringing your waste home, you help protect the park and its wildlife, and keep the Wicklow Mountains healthy.


Minimise the effect of fire

We can’t allow fires of any kind in our national parks. Fires can cause lasting impacts and devastate plants and animals. Talk to our rangers or Education staff if you need advice, and check our Wilderness Camping guide for details.

Walk Safely

We ask all walkers to please wear hiking boots or other suitable footwear. Walking with more than 50 people? You will need a hiking permit.


Heritage & Culture


The Round Tower
The round tower, ruined churches and carved crosses of Glendalough are testament to its 600 years as a monastic settlement. Wicklow also has a fascinating mining history, stretching from 1798 to 1963. At the western end of the valley of Glendalough lies the ruined Miners’ Village. Other mine sites can be seen on the Wicklow Gap.

The history of the Great Military Road is another fascinating aspect to the National Park. As tourists drive over the mountains, it is curious to remember the original, strategic origins of the road.

News & Notices


Coniferous Tree Identification Walk

23 January 2023


Join a National Parks & Wildlife Service guide and discover how to identify some of the coniferous trees growing in the Upper Lake area of Glendalough. There will be an option at the end to see what is currently said to be Ireland’s tallest tree. When: Sunday 12th February 2023 at 11am. Duration: Approx. 90
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Glen of the Downs Partial Site Closure

21 October 2022


During October 24th – December 31st there will be partial closure of woodland areas Please do not enter closed areas during works Closed areas will be identifiable by signs and red and white tape The closures are to facilitate works of two conservation projects that will be running concurrently. The first project is the removal of
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Rut Watch

8 September 2022


Sunday 16 October 2022 (between 11am and 4pm) Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive in autumn when they ‘rut’. National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone walking on this route is welcome to stop
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– Information
– Maps
– First Aid
– Lost Property

National Park

Open: Year round
Admission: Free (Charges may apply for parking).

Temporary Closures

For operational or safety reasons, we occasionally need to close a particular area or trail. Please heed any warning notices.

National Park Information Office

Open: 10:00AM – 5:30PM

Closures: May be closed for lunch or for staffing reasons

Education Centre

Open: Open to pre-booked school groups

National Park Headquarters

Open: Monday to Friday during office hours. The Duty Ranger is available Monday to Sunday during office hours.

There are three main car parks: the Visitor Centre Car Park, the Upper Lake Car Park and a free car park in Laragh.

Visitor Centre Car Park

This is suitable for visitors to the Monastic City and its Visitor Centre. There is a charge during busy periods. Access to the Upper Lake area is a 20-minute walk along the Green Road.

Upper Lake Car Park

This is located at the end of the road along the valley. There is a charge to enter. Opening hours vary. Please contact Wicklow County Council for details.

Laragh Car Park

Located beside the Woollen Mills and GAA grounds in Laragh, this free car park is a secure facility with staff on duty. It is open daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

From Laragh Car Park, hill walkers can access the Green Road to Glendalough and all its walking trails. Walkers can follow the Orange route up towards Derrybawn, the Spinc and Mullacor and the Wicklow Way. St Kevin’s Way and Avonmore Way are also close by.

Other places to park in Glendalough

The Glendalough Hotel has paid parking for patrons only.

There is limited parking beyond Glendalough. Small parking areas can be found on the Wicklow Gap by Glenmacnass waterfall and at a couple of places on the Military Road.

Parking safety

Please avoid parking on the road along the valley to the Upper Lake. It is too narrow and parked cards can restrict access to emergency vehicles.

Please park responsibly when visiting the National Park: avoid blocking entrances to homes and land. An Garda Síochana are issuing parking tickets for illegal and dangerous parking.

The National Park covers 200 square kilometres of wild habitat, much of which is not accessible by public transport, although some private tour companies will take coach tours through the park. The valley of Glendalough is accessible by bus. The privately owned St. Kevin’s bus company operates a service from Dublin city centre to Glendalough (www.glendaloughbus.com). There are also Local Link buses from Wicklow Town to Laragh and from Rathdrum to Laragh.

Local link buses

In Glendalough, public toilets are available at the OPW Visitor Centre beside the Monastic City and at the Upper Lake Car Park. There are no public toilet facilities in the rest of the park, but all neighbouring towns and villages have either public toilets or facilities in public houses and restaurants.

A lost property facility is located at the Information Office in Glendalough. It can be contacted on 0404 45425.

There are many accommodation options available in the area surrounding the park including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, self-catering and camping and caravan sites. Find more information on Wicklow Tourism’s website:

WICKLOW TOURISM

Between Laragh and Glendalough there are two hotels and a restaurant that serve main meals and snacks. In season, stalls for chips and ice-creams are located at the Upper Lake Car Park and beside the Monastic City.

Postcards, maps and a number of books are available to buy in the Information Office at the Upper Lake and the Monastic City Visitor Centre. Crafts, woollens, music and other gifts are available to purchase in Glendalough and Laragh villages .

First Aid facilities including an AED (defribrillator) are available at the Information Office. Other emergency services may also be alerted from here.