I’ve been to Wicklow a number of times and its definitely one of the most scenic counties in Ireland. Between Hikes in Glendalough and visiting Wicklow Town it is definitely a place to visit.
To those living in Wicklow it might not be all that impressive but for anyone else this would be a wonderful day trip. There are 9 marked walks around Glendalough each trail offers stunning views around the mountains. Maps and details are available on the following link Walking Trails. Apart from the trails Glendalough allows you to freely walk through the Medievil monastry grounds and graveyard and guided tours. One of the best trails and one of the longest is the White hill walk which brings you along the steps to the top of the hill which offers stunning views of the lake and grounds below.
I had lived in Wicklow Town for a while in 2001 and fell in love with it as simple as it was when compared to other major towns. As far as visits go there is plenty to see and do.
One of the main attractions is the Old wicklow Goal which is the jail located in the heart of the city. For the small price of 8euro you get a guided tour around the jail where you learn history of the place and the people who were imprisoned there.
Apart from the visit to the jail there is also the Wicklow pier and the remains of the Black Castle (below) on top of the hill which are free to walk around.
Wicklow is perfect for a romantic weekend or just a getaway into nature and history. As its only a short drive from Dublin its perfect for those short breaks.
This is definitely a place I love to visit time and time again and each time discovering something new and feeling completely relaxed. I have always said that if i was to retire I would love to do so along the coast in Wicklow simply because it is so peaceful. Ideal for any time of the year.