Explore the Wicklow Mountains National ParkDid you know that the main purpose of the Wicklow Mountains National Park is conservation of the biodiversity and landscape of the area? Or that is it visited by over 1 million people each year for recreation? The park is a huge 20,000 Hectares and stretches over parts of Wicklow and Dublin making it the perfect place to explore during your stay in the majestic Tulfarris House Hotel.
Powerscourt WaterfallOne of the highlights of the park is the Powerscourt Waterfall, a 398-ft masterpiece of nature set in the same valley as the Djouce and Sugarloaf Mountains. The waterfall is part of the River Dargle near Enniskerry. It is Irelands highest waterfall and is one of Irelands only attractions that actually looks better after it rains! The area is picturesque, surrounded by huge Oak trees and Giant Redwoods, the perfect place for a picnic or to enjoy some tasty snacks from the on-site coffee kiosk.
Lough TayThis small but scenic lake, commonly called Guinness Lake, is a picture-perfect example of the scenery Ireland is most well-known for. Its nickname came from the lake’s owners – the Guinness family – and shape of the lake, topped by imported white sand makes it look similar to a pint of the black stuff! Lough Tay is a popular spot for walkers and hikers and when you visit it’s not hard to see why. Its tranquillity and picturesque surroundings mean it is easily one of the most photographed spots in Wicklow. The lake is on private property so you should always be respectful and leave no trace when you visit.
Wicklow WayIf you are looking for a challenging but very enjoyable trek around the Wicklow Mountain area, follow the Wicklow Way. It runs from Marlay Park in the southern suburbs of Dublin through County Wicklow and ends in the village of Clonegal in County Carlow. It’s 131-kilometres from start to finish so a huge undertaking all at once but you can map out a specific section in Wicklow depending how long you want to walk. During the Wicklow portion of the walk you’ll also pass through the historically significant Glendalough, so make sure to bring a camera. The terrain is varied so you’ll need to come prepared for all weathers.
EnniskerryAfter a long day of exploring the Garden of Ireland, stop in one of the county’s most picturesque and charming villages for a rest and a bite to eat. The village was originally built as part of Powerscourt Estate to house the staff working on the land. It expanded rapidly after the arrival of the train to Bray in 1854, soon having hotels, bars, stores and the beautiful palatial, Powerscourt House. While Enniskerry has changed a lot over the years, it retains its unique Victorian charm. Stop in one of its true country pubs for a bite or a pint before making the trip back to your luxury accommodation in Tulfarris.
After a day in the Wicklow Mountains, you will be welcomed back to Tulfarris Hotel by an open fire and the comfort and style of our well-appointed bedrooms. If you are planning a trip to Tulfarris, make sure you book directly for our best available rate.