Military Road
Military Road
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Tim O
Forest, VA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Very narrow drive thru the Wicklow mountains. Beautiful visas of the mountains with areas to stop and enjoy the beauty. Nice change of pace to get out of Dublin. We did it on an organized tour including Powerscourt and Glenaloch.
Written 11 September 2022
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Erik K
Pittsburgh, PA656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Great views all around, wasn't particularly crowded either.
We were treated to a couple waterfalls along the way, and even found a nice quiet place for a picnic lunch.
The area is loaded with hiking trails as well.
If you only have a day, pack a lunch, bring a camera and enjoy!
Written 9 October 2021
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African Rosie
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
There are four roads that all end at the top of the Military Road. To stand at Sally's Gap and look around 360% at mountains, with no houses, street lighting etc. is amazing.
When you learn the history of the Military Road it makes it hard to believe just how hard the men had to work to build this road in the 1800's.no matter which direction you go there is fantastic scenery to see.
Written 1 October 2019
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EagleEyeBoston
Boston, MA896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Fantastic scenery. Long distance views. A narrow road, filled on a May Sunday with aggressive bicyclists, so be careful! Not too many tourists -- more sheep than people. Definitely not to be missed -- and not far from Dublin if you are based there.
Written 30 August 2019
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Joern H
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Great views next to the road... hard to imagine this place is less than 1 hour away from Dublin... thumbs up
Written 31 July 2019
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shalinaj74
Calhoun, GA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We drove the Old Military Road on a sunny day and it was absolutely breathtaking. The scenery is gorgeous with lots of stops along the way to take in lakes, streams, wildlife, and history. The road was narrow in places, but not dangerous at all. We enjoyed looking over Loch Tay and the Guinness land, where the History Channel show, Vikings, was filmed. We took the whole afternoon/evening to take the drive so we wouldn't miss anything along the way.
Written 5 July 2019
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Isepise
Stockholm, Sweden1,639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Military Road is located in the middle of nowhere, but still no longer than 45 minutes from Dublin! In my opinion Military Road is one of the loveliest road-stretches on the island of Ireland, because of its desolation, the lack of coaches and of course - because of the winding, green hills that you see on both sides of the road.

Military Road is a stunning stretch of road, with a lovely landscape surrounding the road: winding hills, valleys, waterfalls, forests and small rivers.
The road itself is not so special: there are, for example, no spectacular viaducts or bridges.
It is the landscape surrounding the road and the desolation that is the spectacular thing.

Military Road is not one big, breathtaking sight - it is the long, desolated road in the middle of the hills that is the sight. Despite the name there are no military remnants along the road.

Military Road (R 115) is located in the middle of the Wicklow Mountains and stretches from Glencree in the north down to Laragh in the southern part of the Wicklow mountains. The drive from Gleencree to Laragh takes about two hours.
When I drove Military Road in June I did not meet many other cars, at all - and I met no coaches.
Despite Military Road is just located about 45 minutes from central Dublin the coaches and the crowds have not yet found their way there. So, at this time, Military Road (and the Wicklow Mountains as a whole) is desolated and solitary.

When you drive - follow R 115, which is Military Road's number, but when you come to Sally Gap turn and drive towards Roundwood on R 759 - after a couple of kilometres you will have come to Lough Tay View Point, from which you have lovely views over Lough Tay (sometimes called the Guinness-lake). Then drive back to Sally Gap and continue on Military Road.

There are several other sights in the Wicklow Mountains, (but not on Military Road) like Powerscourt Waterfall & Gardens and Glendalough. To just drive along the Military Road takes half a day (or even less) but if you will visit Powerscourt Waterfall & Gardens and Glendalough (as well as drive along the Military Road), you will need at least a whole day.

The Wicklow mountains are nice to hike in, but if you do: make sure to have rain wear and water-proof boots. And do not go out and hike if the forecast says rain and/or mist. However, it is safe to drive Military Road in rain and/or mist, but it is not preferable to hike in that kind of weather.

Military Road is a lovely road, which I highly recommend for its desolation, quietness and the soft, winding hills surrounding it.
Written 4 July 2019
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Jean M
68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed the ride over the heather moors on the military road, but it was longish and stormy at elevations.
Written 10 June 2019
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rayroy
Boardman, OH1,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We drove military Rd from top to bottom through the Wicklow mountains and it was beautiful. It's a nice drive with many spots to stop and take pictures. Don't forget to stop off at the water fall down around glendalough.
Written 29 May 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
The Military Road out of Laragh is a gorgeous drive. It's a skinny, winding road with steep drops to the side but if you take your time it's not dangerous.
Plenty of viewing points along the way and I'd have to put Glenmacnass Waterfall as the highlight. You get great views of the falls from the road and adjacent car park and the valley as well as the mountains that tower above.
Just a lovely way to spend sometime in the mountains as long as you get the weather!
Written 10 March 2019
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