On the road to Sally Gap, there are spectacular views of the surrounding blanket bog and the Wicklow Mountains. Sally Gap is one of two east-to-west passes across the Wicklow Mountains and the narrow road running through it passes above the dark waters of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. It also passes over the Luggula Estate, which covers most of the valley as far as Lough Dan and the area forms part of the famed walking trail, known as the Wicklow Way.
Glendalough is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Wicklow and indeed all of Ireland. It is unsurprising given the stunning landscape, historic ruins and beautiful walks on offer at this unique location. Glendalough is situated in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, which has over one million visitors every year. Glendalough truly is a goldmine of Irish heritage and is the home to many different species of plant and animal life. The Wicklow Mountains National Park is an ideal location to learn more about the flora and fauna of Glendalough, where wildlife habitats thrive and grow in the natural countryside
Avoca Village & Woollen Mills
Welcome to Avoca, Co.Wicklow, Ireland. You have arrived in the home of
and are standing in the mainstreet. It is quiet and peaceful here. You can see a pub called Fitzgerald's, an Irish Gift Shop, Avoca Gifts and a Post Office. You smell some food cooking, which seems to be coming from down the street and in the distance you can see a church. You may find Avoca a little different but just make sure you enjoy yourself
The Avoca Woollen Mills have been creating colourful fabrics for almost 300 years. Set up in 1723 as a co-operative where farmers could spin and weave their wool, the Mill’s uncoloured yarn was turned into tweeds and blankets. However, colour soon came to Avoca as vivid natural vegetable dyes in reds, greens, and yellows brightened the Mill’s output. These were soon recognised as Avoca Handweavers’ signature hues.
On entering the building, you will be transported back in time and meet face to face with some of the most notorious characters to have walked the floors of this dramatic and history filled building. As you travel back in time, you are entering one of the cruellest, most historically shameful places in Ireland.
Powerscourt Estate, Gardens & Waterfall
Powerscourt House today reflects centuries of history as the site dates back to the castle of c.1300. It contains some of the finest 18th century interiors in Ireland. Garden is a 45 acres blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs.
5 km from Powerscourt Gardens is Ireland's highest waterfall tumbling 120 meters into the Dargle Valley. Powerscourt Waterfall has been a major attraction since the 1760's and has been a favourite family picnic spot for years. The Waterfall is fed by waters from blanket bog on top of the mountains above the valley. Peat often gives the water a brown colour, and the volume of water coming down changes dramatically a couple of hours after rain. A nature trail has been laid out around the base of the waterfall