There are so many beautiful hikes to choose from in the Wicklow Mountains. Since I’ve spent the majority of my time so far exploring the Dublin Mountains, there is much of the Wicklow Mountains left unexplored for me. One of the hikes I chose at random was the Djouce Woods (pronounced like “Jowce”).
If you look on the map Djouce is very close by Powerscourt waterfall which is Ireland’s highest waterfall at 121m, and once was part of Powerscourt Estate.
From the hiking trail, you can access Maulin, War Hill, White Hill, Glensoulan valley and the Wicklow Way.
There are two trails that you can choose from: The Blue Loop which is 4.5km and takes about 1.5 hours and is considered an easy trail; and the Red (Deerpark) Loop which is 9km, takes about 3 hours and is considered a moderate trail.
Both trails will give you beautiful views of the surrounding area, with the Blue Loop giving you views of Deer Park and Powerscourt Waterfall; and the Red Loop giving you views of the Sugarloaf, Bray, Dublin, Howth, Killiney Hill, Glensoulan Valley and Maulin.
If you are at Djouce early morning or before sunset, you may be lucky to see some of the deer in the area: Sika Deer and native red deer.
You can access the trail map here: https://www.coillte.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Wicklow-Djouce_Wood.pdf
Luckily the car park offers enough spaces, but on good weather days at peak times you may have difficulty finding parking.