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  Wicklow Mountains & Loch Don
by Bwana_Brown
 
 

The Wicklow Mountains National Park is a very interesting area - we wished that we had had more time to fully explore and enjoy its wonders. It was a strange landscape as we entered this upland area of 2800 foot peaks. The largely granite landscape in many places was devoid of trees and instead was a velvety green landscape dropping down into valleys. The road we were on had little other traffic (one of the reasons that we thought we must be lost) but there were amazing views around every turn. One strange thing was that, every so often, we would come across a burned out wreck of a car in the ditch. Having a piece of junk laying there in this green landscape seemed strange because there were no other signs of human habitation for most of the drive! This 700 square mile area contains Europe's longest glacier-formed valley. (Nov. 2004 update from 'birchy99' - he says that the young lads in Dublin at this time had a habit of stealing cars, crashing them into various objects and then driving them into the countryside where they torched them!)

Directions: We drove southwest out of Dublin to Brittas, where we swung west into the park heading for Roundwood. From there we turned south through Laragh and Rathdrum before arriving at Avoca about 2 and a half hours after arriving in Dublin.

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  • Updated Mar 9, 2007
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