It’s not every day you see grey seals but we saw them at Glen Beach Cliff Walk, one of the best places to walk in Wicklow! The walks kicks off on the outskirts of Wicklow town, and heads south to the fabulously named Lime Kiln Bay. Then it heads around to the Lighthouse Road, before swinging back in a loop. Total distance: 4km. An easy walk!

Listed as a Grade 4 way-marked trail, meaning it’s difficult in parts, it’s manageable enough. It does run close to the cliff edge in parts and you’ll need walking boots in terms of maintaining a steady footing. It can be uneven in parts and single file in others, so that’s worth bearing in mind. But the scenery is stunning and well worth the preparation.

Glen Beach Wicklow

Glen Beach is a great addition to walking trails in Wicklow. Pic: Visit Wicklow

There are also a few archaeological sites as well. You’ll see the remains of a lime kiln, the ruins of a small church, and Tobar Bride (a holy well) all on the coastal side.

See seals swimming!

A grey seal at Glen Beach Cliff Walk, Wicklow
Mindful moment: Hiding in plain sight – a grey seal joins us on the journey!

We were lucky enough to see grey seals playing on the beach. This specific area is closed off from September to December as the seals need undisturbed areas for breeding. However, this lack of access to that beach does not affect the rest of the walk. And you might gain a seal as a companion for part of the walk!

Glen Beach Cliff Walk

You can see the seals on this beach from afar – the beach is closed from September to December to protect them.

This is a great addition to walking trails in Ireland – making it one of the best places to walk in Wicklow. It is also a great addition to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Celtic Routes project.

Good to know

This walk has some climbs and runs close to exposed cliff edges where walking in single file is required. Underfoot, it can be uneven and rough underfoot, and watch out for protruding rocks. Good outdoor walking footwear is recommended.

Afterwards, you can always pop in to Wicklow town for a well-deserved cuppa and celebratory cake!

Glen Beach Cliff Walk Wicklow
Walking the walk at Glen Beach Cliff Walk, Wicklow

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Here’s the map!