Wicklow Mountains National Park
Wicklow Mountains National Park covers part of a mountain range that extends over most of County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The upper slopes and rounded peaks are blanketed with heath and bog. The open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and the winding mountain roads. Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.
The primary purpose of Wicklow Mountains National Park is the conservation of local biodiversity and landscape. The Park is also an invaluable recreational space for locals and visitors alike. Over one million visits are estimated to be made each year. The most visited area is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin is located. Escape from the summer crowds is possible for those coming properly equipped to explore the uplands on foot, where a sense of wilderness and isolation can readily be found.
About Us» How Wicklow Mountains National Park is managed, its structures and strategies. Contact details are provided along with information on how you can get involved in conservation work.
Visit» Practical information on visiting Wicklow Mountains National Park including Glendalough
History» The history of the people of the mountains since the very first inhabitants
Nature» In-depth information on the wildlife and landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park