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egwanderlust
Hampton, NH1,691 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Unfortunately we came here in late September. I was looking forward to the view but the weather did not cooperate. When we arrived to the parking spot the entire valley was enclosed in fog.

There were only a few cars along this route which made me feel more comfortable driving. If I had one suggestion I would say that a visitor should come during midday after the fog has cleared up.
Written September 29, 2019
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Rebecca B
Nottingham, UK176 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Let me be clear from the start, this review is nothing to do with the scenery of the area. The Wicklow Mountains are beautiful and spectacular. We saw them in rain and shine and were amazed by the ever changing colours and bleak majesty of the place. It is definitely worth visiting.

However, we had an experience that marks Sally Gap out as the worst place we visited in our week in Wicklow. Having already visited Sally Gap and driven from Blessington Lakes, down the Military Road, we wanted to return on our way back from a few hours in Dublin. We drove via some great viewpoints and finally, just north of Glencree, stopped overlooking Upper Lough Bray. Beautiful. So beautiful that we decided to scramble down a well-worn footpath to see if we could get a better look at the lake.

Having discovered that we couldn't get as far as the lake edge, we returned to the car about fifteen minutes later to find two windows smashed and the only valuable object we'd left in the car - a mobile phone, not visible in the door pocket - stolen. A friendly hiker who had just arrived looked after us and called the Garda but also told us it was quite common in that area - for tourist cars to be targeted. Our hire car made us an easy target. Of course, being a hire car, we had to pay the insurance excess too - so being a victim of crime cost us money too.

Everyone we spoke to after the incident was mortified and very kind but they also told us that it's not uncommon for this to happen in the Sally Gap area. So, I recommend you don't leave your car here to go for a hike. It's not safe. Even without valuables on display, our case proves there are opportunists out there who will break two car windows just to see if there's anything worth stealing. And then you're stuck in the middle of that barren landscape with windows missing, a car full of broken glass, and feeling vulnerable.

We loved Wicklow and will definitely visit the mountains again. But we won't feel safe stopping in the Sally Gap area.
Written May 30, 2015
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Vicky M
38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Although I live only 20 minutes drive from here I had never visited the lakes and woods around the Wicklow Way. I had took a trip up on Monday, it was too windy by the lakes so we parked by the entrance to the Wicklow Way woods and went for a lovely walk. When we returned my back window had been smashed & they pulled down the back seats to access the boot, a lot of items were taken from the boot. When the Guards came they said this happened 3/4 times a week in the Summer months and that there is a gang who target women knowing their handbags are more than likely left covered in the boot. They apparently are looking for cash & will dump the bag nearby as they do not want to be caught with them. It totally ruined my experience of this beautiful area & it has cost a lot, financially and otherwise. I would never visit here again and had I known how common break ins were I would not have visited. It is likely we were being watched, we were only gone for 50 minutes as it was so cold we retreated to the car.

When we looked around where we were parked there was glass everywhere from other cars who had been broken into.

Leaving your car unattended at the lake or woods is not safe.
Written March 23, 2017
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ErrollEwing
Portavogie, UK2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Just spent the week in Bray, Wicklow with the family. The local tourist attractions, sallys gap, sugarloaf mountain, etc, are well worth the trip. But this comes with a big warning. There is currently one or more thieves targeting parked cars at the isolated parking areas used by walkers/climbers/sightseers. Their MO is to smash the rear window and pull forward the rear seats to steal the boot contents believing that the car owner has concealed valuables out of site.
We climbed sugar loaf this morning, luckily we had read a number of warnings like this on trip advisor, and left our car so that it was obvious that the boot and back seat were empty. When we returned the vehicle belonging to another family parked beside us had had their car broken into.
There are tell tale piles of glass fragments all over this carpark and other car parks across the mountains where multiple vehicles have been broken into.
I phoned the local police with info regarding a blue transit acting suspiciously in the area but the call taker didn't really seem that interested and didn't even note down my name and number. This problem will deter tourists until the local garda get on top if it.
Hope this warning helps and thanks to previous reviewers.
Written July 7, 2017
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Civilou
Bath, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
I would highly recommend hiring a car while in dublin to drive through these mountains/moors/forests! Best feature : Lough Tay lake which is visible from the R759. You could make a loop, taking the R755-R759-R115.
Written November 5, 2015
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Karen V
Tampa, FL3,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
You have to take a tour or drive to the Wicklow Mountains to understand how awesome it really is. There's such a nice breeze as you're taking in the stunning views that surround you. The mountains, the valley, and the lake that is shaped like a pint of Guinness beer. Getting there is an adventure in itself. It's paradise for anyone who likes taking pictures of the natural landscape. It's absolutely breathtaking! Don't miss it when visiting County Wicklow. Make it an all day excursion. It was our final stop after visiting Powerscourt, Glendalough, and the Mill at Avoca Village. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
Written March 8, 2014
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Colm M
Armagh22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
This is a must see - wild and rugged it takes you through wide open heather-land with panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains. There is plenty of hill walking and signposted walks.I was driving but stopped many many times to absorb the views and take photos. You can see why films like Braveheart and Escalibur were filmed in this area.
Written February 23, 2014
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juneevans46
County Wicklow, Ireland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
We live in the Wicklow area but still are blown away by the stunning views across the Sallygap.
We took some friends last Sunday on a drive to Blessington via the gap , I don't think I've seen such amazing colours on the hills The sun reflecting on the bracken , trees & Lough Tay in the valley.
We have travelled quite a bit of the world so count ourselves very lucky & proud to have this magic view on our doorstep.
Written November 7, 2017
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Irish_biker
Wicklow, Ireland38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
I could come across a little bias on this area as its where I come from but I have been lucky to travel to many other parts of Europe.

The Sally Gap and Glendalough area is one of my favourite spots to go if you are a nature lover and being out in the wilderness. Some stunning scenery over Lough Dan or if you head the old military road towards Glenmacnass and see the waterfall over the valley. Their are streams/ rivers everywhere with stone bridges, vast landscape scenery with valleys and and hills.
Their are plenty of places to park your car to take a look at the scenery or a lot of people cycle, hike, tour all over the area.
During the summer the area can get busy. Many movies and tv series have been filmed in the area for the scenery.

Anyone visiting Ireland or even local I highly recommend a visit. You probably will see me up there as I love spending so much time in the area.
Written December 9, 2016
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Jason White
Wicklow, Ireland50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Being from Wicklow myself the 'Sally Gap' is on my doorstep but I don't have reason to drive across it often, however when I do its nevertheless a great experience. This is the true beauty of Ireland open vast green spaces, movies such as BraveHeart, Reign of Fire, PS I Love You and most recently the hit TV show Vikings etc have all been filmed here for one simple reason - untouched beauty! Rivers, mountains, green fields, stones/boulders left over from huge glaciers, no telegraph poles or lines in sight! It's really only accessible by car or (if your very fit) by bicycle but it's worth taking a day out from Dublin just to visit it and of course you can use it as an off the beaten track to visit the 6th Century monastic ruins at Glendalough - another incredibly beautiful valley which nestles two deep dark lakes. Google it, YouTube it but whatever you do, if you come to Ireland - visit it!
Written December 28, 2015
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