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Wicklow is calling us to its Wicklamino

You must be missing us… otherwise why would our old Irish county Wicklow is calling us back to its Wcklamino.

Our pals at Wicklow Tourism have launched a Wicklow Passport and Routes project.

The Wicklow passport

The Garden County of Ireland is ideal for a Camino.

It boasts the Wicklow Mountains, forest trails and cliff walks.

Garden County

There’s Celtic and Christian history in Glendalough, artefacts and standing stones around every corner.

Been there, stamped that

And to trek around Wicklow which we did in 13 years there, but didn’t get around half of it, is to walk through Irish history.

There’s opulence and this being the Garden County the best gardens at Powerscourt and the National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade.

While, of course, Wicklow more than fulfils the staple of every good Camino, stop-off waterholes!

Walk with me around Wickla

Launching the programme, Fred Verdier, of Wicklow Tourism, said: ‘As tourism finally starts to open up again in Ireland, we wanted to be ready for our guests coming to explore Wicklow – The Garden of Ireland.

‘The idea of the Passport was born a couple of years ago. It gives visitors new ideas of things to do and places to see and visit.’

King of Scotland and King of Ireland in Rathdrum

The idea is to collect 15 or more stamps and become a Wicklow ambassadors and you will receive a certificate and gift from Wicklow Tourism.

The First 15

So where’s on the Wicklow Passport?

Well, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want… Rathdrum where the Spice Girls made their movie and partied.

And where you can pose next to ‘King of Ireland’ Charles Stewart Parnell.

The Greystones Bear… and a Bandanaman one to come

The Spicers aren’t the only showbiz superstars to have chosen Co. Wicklow as their home.

Not surprising that there’s a Hollywood here too then and you can even see acting royalty in Daniel Day-Lewis around his home village of Annamoe.

Nothing (well, a few things but go with me here) compares to seeing Sinead O’Connor around the seaside town of Bray.

While the nearby Kilruddery estate is where Jonny Rhys Meyers threw off his shirt and got down to it on The Tudors.

And many another period drama was shot.

The Queen of Ireland

Hollywood heartthrob Colin Farrell first came to our attention in Avoca (Ballykissangel to you and me).

Stone in love with you

My Wickla

This, and more, you’ll find around the Garden County.

Of course my finishing point will always be my beloved Greystones which is represented on the stamp by its teddy bear statue on the seafront.

The Bandanaman statue is in the planning.

Wicklow is calling us back to its Wicklamino.



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