Driving through the mountains

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  • Aspects of Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains are criss-crossed by three roads: The Wicklow Gap (R756) which runs east-west from Hollywood to Laragh; the Military Road, which runs roughly north-south for almost 80km through the high pass of the Sally Gap (R115); and the R759, which also traverses the mountains roughly east-west but further north than the Wicklow Gap.

The Military Road was constructed between 1801 and 1809 and is Ireland's only surviving purpose-built military road. With its barrack buildings and generally unaltered structural state, the route now remains as a historical monument.

It is still in use for mainly tourist traffic. It was originally built to open up the mountains to the English military to assist them in putting down the insurgents remaining from the 1798 uprising.