Walkers of all abilities will find the Wicklow Mountains a true delight. Those seeking a challenging hike may wish to tackle Wicklow’s highest peak, Lugnaquillia, at 925 metres (3039 feet), a glorious mountain which is among the four tallest in Ireland – and there are over twenty other summits of comparable size, just waiting to be explored. For those seeking a gentler experience, there are plenty of waymarked routes through valleys, forests and moors which are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The routes are generally uncrowded, and meeting and chatting with other walkers becomes something of a rare pleasure.
The local people are also unreservedly friendly, hospitable and helpful. Pop into any pub or ask for directions along the way, and you are likely to find yourself making new friends – a welcome that is still fresh and unaffected. The scenery is what draws most walkers to Wicklow, but there’s a lot more waiting to be discovered, including quaint villages, archaeological sites and an abundance of historical houses and gardens.
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