5 Unique Things To Do In County Wicklow

November 09, 2022
Surfers at Brittas Bay

Take a walk, go for a swim or surf the waves at Brittas Bay

You might have heard of Brittas Bay – a beautiful, sandy beach on the coast of Wicklow. It is the most popular beach in the county and for good reason – the powdery sand and the dunes stretch over four kilometres and offer a great spot for relaxing, swimming and walking. If you want to try some fun activities on the beach, call into Brittas Bay Surf and SUP School to rent some surf gear, enrol in a surf lesson, or try out stand up paddleboarding (SUP). The school caters for kids, teenagers, and adults, individually or in groups, and of all fitness levels. Click here to check out their website.

Sugarloaf Mountain / Courtesy Paul Lindsay at Chris Hill Photographic
Sugarloaf Mountain / Courtesy Paul Lindsay at Chris Hill Photographic

Hike to Ireland’s only heart-shaped lake

Lough Ouler is a corrie lake which means it was formed by glacial erosion many years ago. Ireland’s only lake in the shape of a heart can be seen at the top of Tonelagee – the third highest peak in the Wicklow Mountains. This is a moderately difficult hike and it takes over 3 hours. To get to the lookout, you can park at Turlough Hill and follow the well-walked path. It is steep, but straightforward. If you are unsure of which way to go when you reach the top of the mountain and don’t see the lake, open Google Maps and follow in the direction of the lake. You can also start from the opposite side of the mountain at Glenmacnass Waterfall Car Park and complete the Lough Ouler Loop which takes over 4.5 hours – it is a lot longer and a bit more difficult as the terrain can be quite slippery and the trail is not as visible. Either way, the view at the top is spectacular – the beautiful lake and the surrounding mountains make you feel on top of the world.

Taste the finest Irish whiskey at Powerscourt Distillery

The Irish are extremely fond of good whiskey and what better way to spend your day than tasting one of the best! The Powerscourt Distillery is located close to nature in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in the Powerscourt Estate which is steeped in history dating back to the 9th century. In the native Gaelic language, it is known as FeraCulann which has given the Fercullen whiskey its name. Here, you can book in for a tour around the distillery and warehouse along with whiskey tasting or partake in a whiskey and food pairing tour where you will sample Fercullen Irish whiskey and a selection of local cheese and charcuterie. To visit the website and book a tour, click here.

 

Beara Peninsula / Courtesy Arthur Ward
Lough Ouler / Courtesy Evelina Krusinskaite

Immerse yourself in Irish history at Wicklow Historic Gaol

Situated in Wicklow Town, rated in the top 10% of attractions in the world, the gaol offers an educational and fun day out for friends, couples and family. The journey leads the visitors through the prison, where people were imprisoned under British rule. The interactive visit starts off when you are greeted by a guide in costume and includes an audio-visual experience where stories from the prison are shared with the guests. To find out more, visit the gaol’s website here.

Wicklow Gaol / Courtesy Brian Morrison
Wicklow Gaol / Courtesy Brian Morrison