Bray Head: Home to Spectacular Views in County Wicklow

Updated On: February 27, 2022

Bray Head County Wicklow

One of the unmissable spots in County Wicklow is the Bray Head Walk. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views across the beautiful area of Bray.

Bray Head forms part of the Wicklow Mountains and has quickly become a favourite spot among walkers in the area. This is expected due to the unforgettable Irish scenery on display that will surely capture your attention.

The Head is located in the north of the county between the two towns of Bray and Greystones. The popular hiking spot is part of the Wicklow Mountains and in 2008, the hill and the neighboring lands were designated under a Special Amenity Area Order.

When you reach the top of Bray Head you’ll discover a historic cross that was left there during the holy year of 1950. Every good Friday, Bray Head attracts many visitors marking the stations of the cross and honouring the holy grounds at the top of Bray Head. 

Locals making up their way up to the cross mark the stations of the Cross as they head to the top of the hill. The Cross’ final station is held at the holy year cross.

The easiest way to reach the cross is by walking up the half an hour walk footpath, which starts from the car park at the car park on the lower, northern slopes. The path begins as cut steps and gradually changes to a rough path formed by rain and tough weather conditions.

There’s another more direct way up to the hill’s top, except that it is too steep, that is on the side of the Greystones. When you reach the top of the hill, you can easily walk the way up to the famous Cross. The Sea cliffs at the Bray was established as a minor rock climbing location since the 1970s. There were several recorded climbs in the spot that date back to the 1940s.

The panoramic views from Bray Head include Bray town and beach as well as North East Wicklow, Dublin Bay and other neighbouring mountains.  It is one of the highlights when it comes to walking in Wicklow, as it takes you from Bray to Greystone through its pretty coastal path with views at every corner for you to capture and remember forever.

Things to do in Bray

Once you have explored Bray Head check out some other great things to do in Bray itself such as taking a stroll down to the promenade, where you’ll find the childhood home of one of Ireland greatest Authors: James Joyce. 

You can also stop by the Mermaid Art Centre which is considered one of the leading Art Centres in Ireland, where you can enjoy a variety of programmes such as dancing, theatre performances, and an art house cinema.

Check our Brays own sea life museum which offers the perfect family day out as you explore the marine life found in Bray. The sea life museum takes you on a fascinating journey to discover the wonders of the underwater world in Ireland and beyond.

You can also enjoy some sports. Bray has its own golf club where you can enjoy a round of golf and take in some of the best views Wicklow has to offer.

Whatever you choose to do in Bray whether it is a walk up Bray Head or to the art centre you’ll be sure to have a memorable time.

Have you ever visited Bray Head in County Wicklow? Let us know in the comments below.

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