Hiking in the Garden of Ireland with Angeliqa in ECCO EXOSTRIKE shoes

Looking for an outdoor experience that will plug you right into Ireland’s beautiful scenery, history and culture? Walk this way in ECCO EXOSTRIKE shoes

Follow the steps of Swedish hiking blogger Angeliqa Mejstedt from Vandringsbloggen on her trip to Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland. Angeliqa started her blog from a longing to be in nature more. Angeliqa created her own concept "Hikefulness": the presence she feels in the outdoors, and her strive for the balance between challenge and recovery.

Angeliqa's walking and hiking adventures in Ireland were in her ECCO EXOSTRIKE boots. According to Angeliqa, they are "the perfect match for urban explorers wanting a comfortable yet technically developed boot in their everyday life and for exploring the world outside the city".

Beautiful scenery on hiking trails, local food, cosy accommodation, friendly locals and picturesque little towns make Wicklow the perfect hiking getaway. Follow Angeliqa’s experience and be in with a chance to experience Wicklow for yourself!

Getting there

Wicklow is under an hour from Dublin city and can be access via car or public transport. Transport options include the bus to Glendalough, the commuter train DART to Bray or Greystones, and public bus. Angeliqa hired a car and the challenge of driving on the left turned into an adventure, one that took her by beautiful landscapes along rural roads.

Lush river walking among ivy-clad trees in Avondale estate

Avondale was Angeliqa's first walking experience in Wicklow. Samuel Hayes built Avondale estate in the late 1700s and this is where Angeliqa experienced what she describes as “Narnia like” magical nature. There are several different walks to choose from 2-10 kilometers long and are suitable for day trips along the river among lush trees.

Stroll in dreamy Glendalough

Hidden amongst the Wicklow Mountains National Park is Glendalough. The monastery founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. Angeliqa followed the 11-kilometre round trip the Spinc and Wicklow Way up for a mountain side for a magical view of the entire valley. Spent time admiring the amazing views of the landscape and watching how afternoon light settled in the mountains.

Sugarloaf Mountain and Ireland's highest waterfall

On her third day Angeliqa visited Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. Originally designed in 1731, the gardens were voted by National Geographic as one of the top three gardens in the world. From here you can see the Sugar Loaf Mountain, which, as it sounds, looks like a sugar top in the landscape. You can either climb the mountain via The Sugarloaf Trail or wander around the mountain via Great Sugarloaf Kilmacanoge Loop. Angeliqa also recommends a visit to Ireland's highest waterfall. There you can walk on well-marked trails in true Hikefulness spirit.

Greystones Cliff walk

On her last day, Angeliqa walked along the cliffs by the ocean between Bray and Greystones. The walk is just over 7 kilometres, so it takes about two and a half hours to walk. Something that surprised and pleased her was the kind and friendly greetings she received from everyone along the way.

There’s something for all food lovers in Wicklow. The Happy Pear, in Greystones, where Angeliqa stopped to have lunch. Started by twins Dave and Steve, when they switched to herbal diet, the restaurant has décor as colourful as the food and a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. After lunch you can walk back to Bray or jump on the bus.

Find out more from Angeliqa here.

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