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Wicklow Mountains Route 1
(Roads can be impassable in winter)
Starting from Killmacanogue just off the N11 take the R755 up into the Wicklow mountains towards Roundwood/Glendalough, taking the R758, next right after Djouce golf club will bring you up to Lough Tay, otherwise known as the Guinness Lake.
On a good day the views here are spectacular, but you wont be breaking any speed limits here as the road is, shall we say “full of character” . You will also want to watch out for wandering sheep, deer, coaches in the summer and the odd twat in a Range Rover.
Following this road towards Sally Gap take a left at the cross roads towards Laragh where the road becomes more rutted but passable even on a sports bike as long as you keep it under 50/60KMPH, while the road is mostly shit the mountain views are again pure magic making this road very popular for local bikers.
Getting closer to Laragh you will pass Glenmacnass Waterfall and well worth stopping to take in the view before dropping down into Laragh, a small village with a good pub/hotel and a couple of coffee shops and a petrol station.
Just down the road is the world-famous monastic site of Glendalough founded by St. Kevin. If you have the time its more than worth a visit, on a good day the upper lake is really stunning. The car park is paid, but you can easily park up your bike along the road as long as its well in.
All these photographs and more, which are GeoTagged can be found on my Flickr Photostream
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