Old Military Road - R115

R115, a drive through the Wicklow mountains of Ireland

The Old Military Road (R115), through Wicklow mountains, is a very scenic drive located in Dublin and Wicklow counties in Ireland. It was one of the first purpose-built roads of the country.

The road, also known as An Bóthar Míleata, runs north-south from Rathfarnham (Ráth Fearnáin), a southside suburb of Dublin to Laragh, a small village in County Wicklow. It is 38.6 km (23,98 miles) long. The surface is asphalt. This scenic route through the centre of the mountains is narrow, windy and at times quite bumpy. This road was twisty and very lumpy. The bogs cause the road to sag and the condition eliminates most of the flat road and leaves you feeling like you are on the tail end of a roller coaster ride. It’s a stunningly beautiful place in all weather.

The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The road is narrow in its entirety. You must drive with caution. In many places it is difficult to see very far because of the curves. The views from the road are outstanding. It suffers the harsh meteorological conditions of the area every winter. Often during the winter there are road closures due to snow and ice. Occasionally there are difficulties due to flooding or fallen tres. When the rain comes down, the land that the road runs through turns into bogs and marshes. Sometimes, that causes the road to sink completely.

The road was constructed between 12 August 1800 and October 1809 and runs north-south across the spine of the Wicklow Mountains. This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. It has been used in the Circuit of Ireland car rally. It is also a scenic route for visitors. The terrain is rugged, and even in the middle of summer, you'll be blasted with vicious crosswinds the whole time you're on it.


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