New treetop walk outside Dublin becomes major Irish tourist landmark


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Ireland's new treetop walk takes visitors over a forest park by the Wicklow mountains and is fast becoming a major tourist landmark for Dublin visitors. – Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpa

About an hour's journey from the bustling pubs and crowded streets of Dublin city centre, there's a tranquil new wooden path leading visitors high up over a lush forest canopy at the foot of Ireland's Wicklow mountain range.

Emerging as a major new tourist landmark for Dublin visitors alongside the Guinness brewery and Jameson distillery, the so-called treetop walk is expected to entice more tourists towards the mountains that can be seen from the centre of the capital.

The 1.4-kilometre, barrier-free wooden path of Avondale Forest Park rises up 38 metres over local woodland areas, where hiking trails lead in several directions.

Ireland's new treetop walk takes visitors over a forest park by the Wicklow mountains and is fast becoming a major tourist landmark for Dublin visitors. Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpaIreland's new treetop walk takes visitors over a forest park by the Wicklow mountains and is fast becoming a major tourist landmark for Dublin visitors. Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpa

Meanwhile children can test their bravery on suspended tightropes, where looking down from the longest treetop walk in Ireland and Britain can bring instant vertigo.

Best of all is the climax at the end: Visitors walk up a large spiral structure to see panoramic views of the nearby landscape, before gliding back down through a long tunnel slide.

Ireland's new treetop walk takes visitors over a forest park by the Wicklow mountains and is fast becoming a major tourist landmark for Dublin visitors. Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpaIreland's new treetop walk takes visitors over a forest park by the Wicklow mountains and is fast becoming a major tourist landmark for Dublin visitors. Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpa

After opening in mid-2022, the treetop walk has quickly become a favourite among local families and tourists, and those hoping to avoid long queues for the slide down should get there early in the day.

Locals know the Avondale estate as the former home of one of Ireland's most significant historical figures, Charles Stuart Parnell, a 19th century politician who campaigned for "home rule" and an end to British governance from London.

The highlight of the treetop walk is the panorama tower at the end: Visitors walk up a large spiral structure before sliding back down through a long tunnel slide. Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpaThe highlight of the treetop walk is the panorama tower at the end: Visitors walk up a large spiral structure before sliding back down through a long tunnel slide. Photo: Coman Hamilton/dpa

Trains run from Dublin to the nearby town of Rathdrum, however as with many of Ireland's scenic sights outside of cities, explorers have most options when travelling by car.

After the Avondale treetop walk, avid hikers won't want to miss the chance to see the nearby Wicklow mountains, where dozens of trails offer stunning views over the surrounding region. – dpa

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