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This drive takes you through beautiful Co. Wicklow, through wooded glens and marvellous countryside. Here you’ll see where some scenes from the movie ‘Braveheart’ were shot. Ironically, this tour begins in the tiny village of Hollywood on the N81, roughly 30kms south-west of Dublin, and sets off in the direction of the Wicklow Gap. Follow the R756 to the junction with R758 and head towards the small towns of Ballyknockan and Lacken, which are both on the edge of the lovely Blessington Lakes, following the lakes onto the town of Blessington. Here you’ll also see Russborough House, the magnificent 18th Century mansion that is definitely worth a visit.
From Blessington, head along the R759, through the breathtaking West Wicklow Mountains and past the peat bogs at Sally’s Gap, to the quiet town of Laragh. Follow the R756 from Laragh to the town of Glendalough where you can see the 6th Century St Kevin’s Monastic City, which is one of the best-preserved round towers in Europe. Head back through the Wicklow National Park along the R756, enjoying the scenery along the way, and finishing off back in Hollywood.
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