Photo Friday: Wicklow Way



MT’s mention of the Wicklow Way in her recent post made me realize that I really don’t write about Ireland enough on this blog. So today I thought I’d redress that a little by sharing some photos of the scenery along this 127km trail which winds through the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.


Mountains in Ireland are one of the reasons why it’s a fantastic family hiking destination. The mountains are old (literally, they’re ‘old fold mountains’ as opposed to ‘new fold mountains’ such as the Himalayas) and weathered and therefore perfect for hikes with young children who aren’t quite ready for steep inclines. Not to mention that in Ireland it’s hard to walk anywhere without having to pass a dell, glade or valley or even a pile of rocks which is named after a fairy, giant, prince or saint – all good fodder for young imaginations and a great way to distract from the efforts of hiking.

Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall with Djouce Mt in the background.

Wicklow Way 2

Powerscourt Grounds

And that photo, my friends, clearly shows why Ireland is called ‘The Emerald Isle’. If you’re planning a visit, make sure you have good rain gear because there’s a price for all that greenery, and yes, it means that it rains in Ireland pretty much in every season.

We stayed in this area on an extended visit to Ireland in 2000 and hiked around the Tibradden Mt. with our boys, then 4 and 6 months. The abundance of sheep was a fun distraction – especially when the sheep were looking in our kitchen window. For our trip, we rented one of these Dublin Cottages which I highly recommend.

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Photo credits: pleeker, miert, martindo, don_quilty


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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

11 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Wicklow Way

  1. maria

    Those pictures of Ireland really make me want to go there, Ireland is actually on our list of places to visit. The green in the last picture is so lush that is almost unreal! Great shot, I also like the other two photos, especially the long trail.

  2. Glennia

    Love your new site banner!

    Ireland is one place I haven’t been, and is on the top of my list of places to go. Will have to show my husband your pics as a *gentle* nudge in that direction.

  3. Lora

    You’re right, this is like walking through Emerald City! Thanks for your insight, looks like an incredible country. And I didn’t even have to reach for my galoshes. Bet this kind of view is totally worth it, though. 😉

  4. Lucia

    Can’t wait to visit Ireland. Love seeing these beautiful pics. Will check out the cabins you mentioned. What’s the best time of year for a visit?

  5. Lucia

    Can’t wait to visit Ireland. Love seeing these beautiful pics. Will check out the cabins you mentioned. What’s the best time of year for a visit?

    P.S. Love the new look of your site.

  6. Dominique

    “Old fold mountains” with a gentler incline sound perfect for hiking to me, too :)

    I especially loved your first shot with the little waterfall.

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