Wicklow is truly one of the most spectacular and uniquely beautiful parts of the Ireland. Here in Bray we are so lucky to be located in such an ideal spot that is surrounded by some of the best walks and hikes Wicklow has to offer. Bray is the perfect base camp to set out on an exciting adventure. There are so many treks and trails, so no matter your ability you can find something to suit you. So what are you waiting for, grab your boots and get out there!
The Cliff Walk
You don’t even need to leave Bray to find the first of these magnificent treks. The Cliff Walk goes from Bray to Greystones and is one of the most popular attractions Bray has to offer. The Cliff Walk is about 7 kilometres long, takes about 2 hours to complete and is suitable for all abilities. The Walk follows the coastline and boasts some of the most amazing views of the East Coast.
Bray Head Walk
To get some of the most stunning views of Bray, look no further than Bray Head. The hill dominates the end of the promenade and it is an iconic feature of the town. While the climb is not particularly daunting, some parts can be a bit of a challenge and require some scrambling. But if the hike up doesn’t leave you breathless the views sure will!
Killruddery House and Gardens are Bray’s own little piece of tranquillity. The fine country house and marvellous gardens make you feel a million miles away from the bustle of the city. Killruddery estate is the quintessential place to have a relaxing stroll around the gardens and clear the mind. There’s also a delightful little tea room on site to give body and soul a little treat! For a relaxing day out with the family or a romantic sojourn look no further.
Follow the trail though Bray’s historic streets and learn about Bray’s fascinating history, from Walter de Riddlesford’s first settlement on the banks of the River Dargle, to the development of Bray as a fashionable seaside resort.
William Dargan was the man who brought the rail to Bray and moulded the town into a fashionable resort, making it the Brighton of Ireland. The trail will take you on a journey from the arrival of the first train at the station up to the magnificent Cliff Walk, where amazing feats of engineering were use to construct the rail through Bray Head.
The Great Sugar Loaf
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is an impressive and iconic feature of the northeast Wicklow. Its lofty peak is visible far to the north, and along with its counterpart, the Little Sugarloaf, they act as gateposts for the Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland. The summit offers unrivaled panoramic views of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea. This climb is a must for any would be adventurers!
Powerscourt Estate not only encompasses the wonderful house and gardens but also the Powerscourt Waterfall which is just 6 km from the main estate and is a spectacular sight to behold. The waterfall is the highest in Ireland and has been featured in numerous film productions including Excalibur and Camelot. Both the gardens and the waterfall are perfect places to visit and with so much to do they are perfect for the whole family.
Glendalough is the one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. Renowned for its natural beauty, fascinating history and relaxing surrounds, Glendalough is a magical place and a must see attraction. There are so many sights and different trails that there is something for everyone, no matter age or ability. There are nine different way-marked trails to following, each with varying degrees of difficulty, so you will definitely find something to suit.