County Wicklow (Irish: Contae Chill Mhantáin) is a county on the east coast of Ireland, immediately south of Dublin. The county is bordered by the Irish Sea and the counties of Carlow, Kildare, Wexford, as well as two parts of what was County Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and South Dublin County. Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland because of its scenery.
The population of the county at the 2006 census was 126,194. The county seat is Wicklow (pop. 10,070), although the largest urban centre is Bray (pop. 31,901), on the northern border and effectively a Dublin suburb. Other main towns include Greystones (pop. 14,569), and Arklow (pop. 11,749). All of these towns are situated on the east coast.
The Wicklow Mountains are the largest continuous upland region on the island of Ireland; the highest mountain in the range, Lugnaquilla, rises to 925m. 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 630m, 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.
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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Upland heath and blanket bog dominate the mountainous areas of the Park, and the moorland bird species include Ravens, Red Grouse, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Peregrine Falcons and Merlin. Ring Ouzel, a rare and declining thrush species also breeds on the scree slopes…
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