Blessington lakes were created as part of a major project to supply water & electricity to Dublin City. They are man made but look like they've been there for ever. There are lots of viewing places and car parks around the lake and although the state company who manage them don't make visitors that welcome with signs such as "end of amenity" at the edge of the car parks - you can invariable go for a long and pleasant walk if you just follow the tracks that lead from the car parks to the lake edge. When the water level is low its possible to walks for many kilometers. You will meet very few people and you'll have beautiful views of the Wicklow mountains. You can also choose to drive or cycle around the lakes and there are a few pubs etc to stop in for lunch.
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