Vartry Reservoir

Location: Roundwood, Co. Wicklow.

Difficulty: Easy.

Time: 3 hr 15.

Distance: 15km but there are shorter options.

Equipment: Runners, rain gear, gloves, hat, snacks, water.

Families: Suitable for all terrain buggy.

Rating: 5 stars.


This is our new favourite walk of 2019. There are 3 different loops available. We did the full perimeter which took in the majority of the 3 loops. It’s way-marked and there’s a decent, mostly flat track. One kilometre of the lower loop is on the road. There’s roadside parking options close to and on the three bridges crossing the reservoir. We parked at the middle of the reservoir. It was beautifully scenic all the way around with views of the mountains and lush forest trails. Although there were weather warnings and there was hail, sleet and cold gusts at times, it was mostly sunny and we really enjoyed the day.

Beautiful views of the reservoir
The way marked routes
The route we took
Just Caitriona and Tara – the weather warnings put off the rest of them
Where we parked. There were lots of cars at the start. This is after our walk.
Gorgeous scenery
The weather did turn but it didn’t last for long
Lots of information all the way around
Forest trail
Mountain views

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