Preparation for Easing of Restrictions -Phase One, May 18th

Preparation for Easing of Restrictions -Phase One, May 18th

Wicklow Uplands Council would like to thank members of the public for their cooperation in observing the travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines put in place to combat the spread of Covid 19.

In the lead up to Monday’s (May 18th) easing of some of the restrictions under the Government’s ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’, the Council would like to urge caution when engaging in recreational activities and remind everyone that the first phase allows for limited activities within a 5km travel distance from their residence.

This important reminder means that much of the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands remains inaccessible to visitors at this point in time.

Very small groups with a maximum of four people are permitted to engage in outdoor activities and only where a 2m physical distance can be maintained (social distancing practices).

To coincide with the first stage of easing restrictions, some car parks in county Wicklow will be opened on Monday the 18th of May. A full list is available below {updated 12.30 pm, 16/05/20}.

Parking restrictions continue to remain at a number of locations and members of the public are asked to park with consideration to others. This includes not blocking private entrances, farmyards and working farm gates. Parking along narrow roadways may cause obstruction and prevent access to emergency services.

Recreational and other facilities such as playgrounds, outdoor gyms and public toilets remain closed until further notice. Many restaurants, cafes and other services in the Uplands also remain closed or offering limited services.

The Council would also request that risk factors are removed from any outdoor activities at this time. This is to reduce the allocation of emergency services and mountain rescue teams, who by responding to any incidents, will be placing themselves at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The Council continues to urge people to adhere to the advice of the HSE and will update information as it becomes available.


  • Upper car park at Glendalough
  • South Beach car park, Mill Road, Greystones
  • Park and Ride, Woodlands Avenue, Greystones
  • Trafalgar Road, Greystones
  • La Touche Road, Greystones
  • Harbour/Marina public car park, Greystones
  • Bray Head
  • Brittas Bay (north and south)
  • Sugar loaf
  • Seaview Avenue, Arklow
  • South Beach, Arklow
  • The Cove, Arklow
  • Knockieran & Baltyboys, Blessington
  • Bray Harbour


  • Bellevue Hill, at Kindlestown Woods entrance, Greystones
  • Sea Road, Kilcoole, at Kilcoole train station
  • Sea Road, Newcastle, at the beach railway level crossing access
  • Magheramore Beach, Wicklow
  • Sally Gap
  • The Strand Road, Bray


  • All Wicklow County Council playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Glen Beach Cliff Walk to Wicklow Head
  • Dr. Ryan Park, Kindlestown, Greystones
  • The Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones/Greystones to Bray
  • Public toilets at Bray Seafront

Wicklow Uplands Council will continue to offer guidance throughout the current public health crisis using only information from official sources.

For more up to date information and advice about Coronavirus/ COVID-19, please visit any of the websites listed below: