Updated: Jun 10, 2018
In a rare but welcome appearance for our Irish shores, the sun, high in the sky, bounced off Blessington Lakes in the Wicklow Mountains for our Sunday stroll and made the postcard perfect scenery all the more impressive.
A trip to see these lakes is a must on the bucket list. In fact, many trips to the lakes because of their sheer size (spanning 500 acres of water), we stopped twice to take different walking trails but I'm sure that we haven't even grazed the surface of the winding paths and tree-lined trails.
The biggest problem about walking the Blessington Lakes is finding the (insert expletive here) track in the first place. Ok, I don't have a bloodhound sense of direction at the best of times but after circumventing approximately half of the 26Km 'Lake Drive' in an effort to find somewhere to park and walk, patience was running thin! The roads are narrow, windy and many times we ended up in a dead-end (again, blame my navigation skills). So here's the best piece of advice I can give you if you are planning a trip to the scenic lakes. The 'Lake Drive' is exactly as its name fortells..a drive. The walking trails start along the Greenway and the one we took (in the end!) was just by Blessington town, near the Avon Ri Holiday Village.
It's amazing to think the lakes (Poulaphouca Reservoir) are only 50 years old and that this, Ireland's largest man made lake, was in fact created by the building of the Poulaphouca Dam and hydroelectric station. The walking trails and off-the-beaten tracks surrounding the lake are numerous as are the little peninsulas and pebble beach inlets which dot the shoreline. Happy dogs chase sticks into the lapping shallow waters on the edges (we're open to pet sitting anytime for future reference!)
This is the Ireland you see in the postcards, the curved trees, the tiny make-shift wooden bridges, it's perfect and still and a perfect place to get lost.