Winter in Wicklow: 4 Things to Do

10 January 2024 Leah Fairman By Leah Fairman

[image of Gendalough via Ireland’s Content Pool]

Though the weather’s undoubtedly chilly in January, there’s something haunting about the Irish landscape at this time of year. You may be tempted to snuggle up on the couch with a hot drink (who could blame you!), but actually – this is a great time to get out into nature and connect with the barren beauty of winter.

And what better place to start than Wicklow, a county known for its stark beauty, golden beaches and soaring mountaintops. There’s lots to see and do, so why not make a mini-break of it? You don’t even need to start using up those precious annual leave days – there are digital hubs dotted all around the county, meaning you can make a long weekend of your adventure by popping into a hub on Monday, if you need to get some work done. Here’s our top Wicklow recommendations:

[image via Ireland’s Content Pool]

Powerscourt

The grand estate of Powerscourt is nestled in the stunning green surrounds of Enniskerry. After admiring the foreboding ‘Big House’, get lost in 47 acres of beautifully maintained gardens; named 3rd best in the world by National Geographic. And while you’re in the area, be sure to visit the nearby Powerscourt Waterfall - it’s Ireland’s highest at 121m.

Nearby hub: Pod a Day

 

Sally Gap Drive

Wicklow is also home to one of the country’s most beautiful driving routes; the Sally Gap. Stretching around 26km through the famous Wicklow Mountains, you can hop out of the car to admire landmarks like Glenmacnass Waterfall and Lough Dan. Expect the region to look particularly scenic in the heart of winter, with the higher parts of the hills often covered in crisp white snow.

Nearby hub: Wicklow HUB

Glendalough

Also worth visiting (and accessible from your Sally Gap adventure) is Glendalough. A truly magical place, it encompasses two lakes (the ‘dá loch’ in the Irish translation; Gleann Dá Loch) in a glacial valley, where St. Kevin built a sixth-century early Christian monastery. Enjoy a peaceful walk around the site, taking in ancient monastic ruins and spectacular views of the countryside.

Nearby hub: Brockagh Hub

Image of Brittas Bay via Ireland’s Content Pool]

Brittas Bay

We can’t finish this list without mentioning one of Wicklow’s most beloved beaches. Golden, sandy Brittas Bay stretches 5km along the county’s eastern coast. And though you may not fancy a winter dip, it’s perfect for bracing family walks even on the coldest of days.

Nearby hub: ABEC @ The Courthouse

That’s it for our overview of Wicklow in winter. We’ll be back soon with a spotlight on another Irish region. Remember, no matter where your travels take you, there’s sure to be a nearby hub! Browse – and book – your desk on our online booking portal today.