Introducing The Coast
Wicklow's coastline is not nearly as scenic or dramatic as its mountains and inland marvels: its largely unassuming towns and small coastal resorts have a subtle kind of charm that isn't immediately apparent and virtually disappears on a rainy day. Most attractive of all are the fine beaches of Brittas Bay, a wide lazy arc of coastline immediately south of Wicklow Town. Running alongside it is the N11 (M11) from Dublin to Wexford, a busy road that cuts through a great glacial rift, the Glen of the Downs, carved out of an Ice Age lake by floodwaters. There's a forest walk up to a ruined teahouse on top of the ridge to the east.
If you're looking for quieter and more scenic coastal byways, we recommend the coastal route through Greystones, Kilcoole and then along country lanes to Rathnew.
County Wicklow Day Trip from Dublin: Wicklow Gaol, Avoca and Glendalough
Discover the unsurpassed beauty of the "Garden of Ireland" on a County Wicklow day trip from Dublin. After visiting the haunted Wicklow Gaol, you'll take a walking tour through County Wicklow's stunning countryside, as featured in the hit 2007 film P.S I Love You.