Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Military Road

Continuing our current autumn tour of the Wicklow Mountains, today we're on that stretch of the Military Road which runs from the Sally Gap crossroads to Laragh, Co Wicklow.

The Military Road, mostly used today by tourist traffic, starts in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin and runs North/South across the spine of the Wicklow Mountains to Aughavannagh.  Construction of the road was started in August 1800 and completed in October 1809.  It was built in the wake of the 1798 rebellion to open up the Wicklow Mountains to the British Army to assist them in putting down the insurgents who were hiding there following the Irish Rebellion of 1798.  We covered this briefly in an earlier post here.

So back on the stretch we drive slowly along this remote winding road across rugged mountain terrain through some of the most spectacular scenery in Wicklow and, naturally, we stop en route to bring you these compelling views.

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