It is fairly easy to get to the Military road - length 58 kilometres- as you start in Rathfarnham and take the R115. Do take the time and trouble to do so.
A mere few kilometres from a capital city you are immersed in the wilds and pristine Wicklow National Park of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.
The road was built by the British (Alexander Taylor, Engineer) over nine years from 1800 and the sole purpose was to enable their troops to move quickly between hot spots and put down any insurgent/freedom fighters. More so freedom fighters as after all it was their country and the troops an occupying force.
You will still se the remains of the four army barracks along the way and the scenery is just fantastic. You drive along the spine of the (mainly) Wicklow mountains across wild pure bogs with wonderful mountains each side. Some of the vistas are just gorgeous.
Be prepared for a bit of a bumpy ride as it is built over bogland and watch out for the small lakes just off the road. They are worth a visit!
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