Wicklow Day out: Lough Dan and The Grange Kitchen

You need special shoes for hiking and a bit of a special soul aswell

Wicklow has earned the name as Garden of Ireland for no unsurprising reason. With a minimal distance down the M50, the county offers some breathtaking views that leaves one impressed at the complete change of world to that of the very built up Dublin. Personally, I love the motorway drive as you come into Bray and the mountains, trees stand up from either side to accompany you on the drive.

Coming off the Motorway at KIlmacanogue, heading up towards Glendalough and find yourself deep the Wicklow County near Roundwood is home to Lough Dan. Car parking is few and far between, so settle your car in somewhere that is safe by the side of the road.

The beauty of Lough Dan is the tranquil feeling as you get exploring the area with the peaceful experience of less crowded than many other popular tourist destinations. Lough Dan is a very popular destination for hikers and the area is most popular with locals/from Dublin then that of tour buses and the likes. After a three-hour hike/walk around the area, we had our breaths taken away from the sheer beauty of the area, some of the pictures could have been out of a filtered Instagram account.

The Grange Kitchen – On the return to Dublin this same day, we stopped at The Grange Kitchen, located on the outskirts of Roundwood. The Grange Kitchen is a cafe/restaurant with ample parking out front. The Cafe overlooks Djouce Golf Club with seating also available outside. The decor inside is quite homely and the service is friendly. By the apparent welcome, they do seem to attract a lot of passion trade by walkers which is comforting to know that arriving in trainers/runners are not less welcome. Food wise I choose a Ploughman Ham, Relish and cheeses sandwich which was really worth the wait.

 

Tell me, Do you have any areas you love to explore?? Any secrets areas??

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