From majestic mountains to spectacular valleys, silver streams to long sandy beaches, Wicklow has earned its nickname of the Garden of Ireland. The county has inspired poets, moved artists and provided a haven for raiders and outlaws in its hills and mountains. Today it provides an abundance of things to see and do. Wicklow certainly has a little bit of everything.
The long Wicklow coastline provides long golden beaches replete with a wide variety of watersports and seaside towns each with its own unique character and range of activities. Bray is host to The National Sealife Centre, which features over 20 spectacular displays, filled with native and saltwater creatures. Great family entertainment.
Dominating the county though are the Wicklow Mountains, the largest highland area in Ireland. An unspoilt wilderness of towering mountains and hidden valleys with fantastic views out to the Irish Sea and north to Dublin. Walking tours of the Mountains and the Wicklow Way are very popular. A great day out is to be had at the monastic settlement at Glendalough, arguably Ireland's most famous monastic site.
Wicklow is now one of Ireland's premier golfing locations with over 20 splendid Golf Courses to choose from. Numerous equestrian centres cater for all, while crystal streams lie in the folds of the Wicklow foothills waiting to challenge the expert angler or first time fisherman.
Bray is the principal town in County Wicklow, with a nice promenade leading to the foot of Bray Head. Numerous bars overlook the sea - great for sitting outside in the summer. Bray also includes the National Sealife Centre, a great family activity with over 20 spectacular displays filled with native fresh and saltwater creatures. In Wicklow town, you can listen to traditional music seven nights a week or browse through craft shops. There's a regatta every summer, and the 'Wicklow Gaol' attraction is well worth a visit.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Wicklow is that a region of such unsurpassed beauty and unspoilt wilderness should have survived so close to Dublin. A few short miles north is Ireland's capital city and yet the rural charm of the Wicklow people and the relaxed way of life that is prevalent here has survived unscathed. The rural values of hospitality and fellowship remain strong in the county and will ensure every visitor returns.