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Wicklow is located on the east coast of Ireland just south of County Dublin. Wicklow is one of the spectacular and most beautiful counties in Ireland. The scenery and the land in Wicklow are completely different to that of any other county in Ireland with its hills and mountains and its beautiful lakes. The counties of Dublin, Kildare, Wexford and Carlow border Wicklow. The county itself does not have many towns that are in the center of Wicklow due to the mountains and hills and lakes make it impossible for people to build houses there not to mention a big town. At the edges of the hills and mountains many small towns have been established due to the amount of people coming to Wicklow to see the beautiful scenery for them selves. A lot of places are a must see in Wicklow including beautiful gardens, castles, abbeys, towers and churches that have been built up in the hills and mountains over the centuries of Wicklow history. To see all of Wicklow and the scenery that it has then the best option might be to rent a car and buy a map from the local tourist offices and experience it for yourself because some of the tours might not go places that are away from the rest of the world. Wicklow has some amazing gardens that have to been seen and are world famous. The lakes of Glendalough and the National Park that is located in the uplands of Wicklow are a must seen for anyone that comes to Wicklow.

County Wicklow is sometimes known as 'the last county' as it was the last of the original counties to be established, in 1606 from land previously part of County Dublin and County Carlow (which then ran to the sea and included Arklow). Establishment as a distinct county was aimed at controlling local groups such as the O'Byrnes.

The Military Road, stretching from Rathfarnham to Aghavannagh crosses the mountains, north to south, was built by the British army to assist them in crushing rebels still active in the Wicklow Mountains following the failed 1798 rebellion. It provided them with access to an area that had been a hotbed of Irish rebellion for centuries. Several barracks to house the soldiers were built along the route and the Glencree Reconciliation Centre was built alongside the remains of barracks there. Battalions of the Irish Army use firing ranges in County Wicklow for tactical exercises, especially the largest one in the Glen of Imaal which was previously used by the British Army prior to independence.

The ancient monastery of Glendalough is located in County Wicklow.

The Wicklow Mountains are the largest continuous upland region on the island of Ireland; the highest mountain in the range, Lugnaquilla, rises to 925 m. The Wicklow Way, the oldest waymarked long distance walking trail in Ireland, traverses the range, although tending to avoid major summits; the highest point, White Hill at 630 m, ranks as just the 29th highest peak in the county.

Wicklow rivers include the Avoca and the Liffey; other natural features include Lough Dan and Lough Tay, and the lakes of Glendalough.

Wicklow Town
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Wicklow County
Place: Leinister
People: 126,194
Speak: English, Irish
Area: 2,024 kmē
GPS: -6.416667, 53