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Poulaphouca Reservoir - Things to Know Before Visiting

Poulaphouca Reservoir, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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About Poulaphouca Reservoir

Poulaphouca Reservoir is an active reservoir and area of wild bird conservation in west County Wicklow, Ireland. It is also known locally as Blessington Lake. It has a surface area 22.26 km2, making it the largest artificial reservoir in Ireland by capacity and surface area. It has a 27.5-mile shoreline, and is 24.6 miles from the sea.

Attractions Near Poulaphouca Reservoir

Russborough House
Russborough House4.71km from Poulaphouca Reservoir

Russborough was built between 1741-1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland's most beautiful houses. It may be the longest house in Ireland. The interior contains ornate plasterwork on the ceilings by the Lafranchini brothers, who also collaborated with Castle on Carton House. Russborough contains a private collection of European fine and decorative arts, including furniture, silver, porcelain and paintings.

Mullaghcleevaun6.99km from Poulaphouca Reservoir

Mullaghcleevaun is a bulky mountain in NW Wicklow. It is in the central sector of the Wicklow Mountains range, in Wicklow, Ireland; it is the 2nd highest peak in Wicklow after Lugnaquilla. A common route to the summit of Mullaghcleevaun is from the south via an 8.5-kilometre 3-4 hour walk which starts from a small car-park in the forest below Carraigshouk 572 metres just off the R115 road.

Athgreany Stone Circle
Athgreany Stone Circle9.15km from Poulaphouca Reservoir

Athgreany is a picturesque circle of 16 grey granite stones and an outlier. Some of these pillars and boulders are up to two meters high and enclose an area of about twenty two meters across. Now the site is composed of 16 granite boulders, with 5 remaining in their original placements.

Seefin Passage Tomb
Seefin Passage Tomb10.19km from Poulaphouca Reservoir

Seefin Passage Tomb is a passage grave and National Monument located atop Seefin Hill, County Wicklow, Ireland. The tomb was built circa 3,300 BC. It was excavated by R. A. Stewart Macalister in 1931, but no artefacts or human remains were found, suggesting that no-one was ever buried there, or that the remains were later removed. There are large kerb stones around the base of the tomb and the tomb has a passageway 7 mlong which opens into a chamber with five compartments.

Punchestown standing stone
Punchestown standing stone11.17km from Poulaphouca Reservoir

The Punchestown Standing Stone is the tallest and most remarkable of several long stones in County Kildare. It's overall length when measured on the ground was 7m and it weighed 9.22 tons. Out of around 600 standing stones in southwestern Ireland, this is the tallest. It fell over in 1931, and was re-erected three years later.

Lough Ouler
Lough Ouler11.29km from Poulaphouca Reservoir

A beautiful lough located in teh heart of Wicklow. this beautiful heart-shaped lake is tucked away at the side of Tonelagee mountain. A good picnic location and also there are so many things to see and do here.

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County Wicklow is a county in Ireland. The last of the traditional 32 counties, having been formed as late as 1606, it is part of the Mid-East Region and the traditional province of Leinster. It is bordered by the Irish Sea to the east and the counties of Wexford to the south, Carlow to the southwest, Kildare to the west, and Dublin to the north.