The Wicklow mountains National Park was established with the aim of protecting the area’s wildlife, landscape and maintaining and improving the area as a recreational resource for Irish citizens and International visitors alike.
The National Park covers an area of 20,000 hectares and covers much of upland Wicklow. The National Park provides protection for the landscape and wildlife and covers areas such as Lugnaquilla and Liffey Head Bog complexes and Glendalough Wood Nature Reserve.
The Park is situated off the Green Road close to the Upper Lake, and approximately 100m from the Upper Lake Car Park – 2km from the Glendalough Visitor Centre.
Wicklow Mountains National Park runs a wide variety of activities for groups and individuals of all ages. Activities are free of charge and include field trips, nature walks, lectures and workshops.
The Education Centre adjacent to the Upper Lake provides a range of courses andtours for schoolchildren, students and other groups. These are related to nature conservation and the ecology of the National Park.
The Information Office contains an exhibit on the local wildlife and is the starting point for the local walking trails.
Specialised guided walking tours are also organised e.g. ‘Bat Walks’ and ‘Dawn Chorus’.
For further information check out their websitewww.wicklowmountainsnationalpark.ie
National Park Headquarters: the headquarters is open Monday to Friday during office hours. The Duty Ranger is available Monday to Sunday during office hours.
National Park Education Centre: the Centre is open from Monday to Friday during office hours.
National Park Information Office: 10am – 5:30pm. Weekends all year; daily in season.
Most events at the Upper Lake will require a permit: