The Peugeot Reconnection Series gives you the opportunity to Rediscover the best roads and trails in Ireland. In this feature, we visit Co. Wicklow in the award-winning Peugeot 208.
Trip Duration – 2hr
Vehicle – Peugeot 208 GT Line in Faro Yellow
Just south of Dublin, County Wicklow is the capital's favourite destination for a short road trip. Wicklow, also known as the Garden of Ireland, is located on the east coast of Ireland and is full of expansive coastlines, woodland and daunting mountains, making the perfect trail to explore. Along with having some of the most beautiful walking routes in Ireland, Co. Wicklow also hosts a driving tour that takes you through the rolling moorland and hillsides that are waiting to be rediscovered. This short road trip takes in some of the most beautiful viewpoints, lush gardens, historical sites and roads that Co. Wicklow has to offer.
Stop 1 – P.S. I Love You Bridge
Start your Road Trip at the spot where Holly, played by Hilary Swank, and Gerry, played by Gerard Butler, meet for the first time in the epic P.S. I Love You movie. Holly, who is searching for the ‘Wicklow Mountains National Park’ meets Gerry, who informs her she’s been walking through them for two hours already. After admitting how cool it is, she mentions how she must get back to her B&B in Dún Laoghaire, when Gerry points her in the correct direction. They begin their journey together walking over the now infamous, P.S. I Love You bridge. This 2007 American romantic drama film is based on the 2004 novel by Cecelia Ahern.
Stop 2 – Lough Tay Viewpoint
This viewpoint of Lough Tay is a must visit when exploring Co. Wicklow. It is nestled among the Wicklow Mountains and is one of the most photographed locations in the region, especially on a sunny day. The lake itself, known as the Guinness Lake, has a bright white sand beach on its north side that was imported by the Guinness family who own part of the area. The shape of the lake and the white sanded beach make it look like a pint of Guinness from above.
Note that Lough Tay itself is on Private Property.
Stop 3 – Lough Dan
Just a short drive south from the Guinness Lake is Lough Dan. Lough Dan is another great viewpoint to add to your Road Trip. Although the lake itself is on private property, the views from the road above are great and if you want the full lake experience. There are camping sites and a scout centre on the water that are ideal for youth groups. They offer numerous activities and make for the perfect adventure break away.
Stop 4 – Glendalough Upper Lake
Known for its spectacular scenery, rich history, wildlife and hiking routes, Glendalough is one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. A visit to the upper lake of Glendalough is a must-do when visiting Co. Wicklow. Upon arrival at the upper lake your breath will certainly be taken away by the surrounding scenery and the sheer size of the lake.
From here you have a choice of nine marked walking trails through the glacial valley. The routes vary from 30 minutes up to 4 hours up and down the mountainous hills. All trails begin and finish at the National Park Information’s Office near the Upper lake. As you travel up the valley the views and scenery only get better. The mix of wild nature and mountain peaks make it the perfect trail to explore and bask in the beauty that Co. Wicklow has to offer.
Stop 5 – Glendalough Monastic Site
Just a short drive from the Upper Lake is Glendalough Monastic Site located beside the Lower Lake. The Monastic site is one of Ireland’s most significant Early Medieval monastic settlements, dating back to the 6th century, which was originally founded by St. Kevin. It soon turned into a monastic city – a place of religious learning and worship. As you enter through one of Ireland’s Last Surviving Monastic Gateway and wander around the site you will see the remains of the cathedral, churches, houses, kitchens and a round tower that was used for defence against Viking attacks. Nearby you can also find an interactive centre where you can learn more about the monastic city.
Stop 6 – Glenmacnass Waterfall
As you exit Glendalough and drive towards the Sally Gap on the Old Military Road you will come across the Glenmasnass Waterfall. Flowing from 80 metres high and looking over the Glenmacnass Valley in the Wicklow Mountains, the waterfall is a stunning feature amidst beautiful scenery. This location is a popular photo stop for visitors touring along the uplands of the Wicklow Hills and there is a carpark just a two minute walk away.
Stop 7 – Old Military Road
The Old Military Road, part of the R115 is a scenic road that runs north-south across the spine of the Wicklow Mountains. It was constructed between 1800 and 1809, in the wake of the 1798 rebellion, to open up the mountains to the British Army to assist them in putting down insurgents who were hiding there.
It is a must do route when exploring Co. Wicklow. Although it’s just over half an hour drive from Dublin city, you will feel completely remote (aside from resident sheep who inhabit the mountains) and at one with nature here.
Vehicle of Choice:
This road trip was made even more special by travelling in the All-New, award-winning, Peugeot 208. The Peugeot 208 boasts a strong personality and a distinctive sporty shape, while the Faro Yellow colour stands out in the spectacular green background of Co. Wicklow.
Would you like to get behind the wheel of a Peugeot 208? Book your test drive here and you could be heading off on a road trip of your own soon!