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Visitors to Wicklow are able to take a journey through some of the county's on-screen highlights through a series of routes known as 'The Wicklow Film Trails.'

Launched by the Wicklow Film Commission, the three trails loop through Wicklow and link locations used for films, television series and pop videos.

The Braveheart Drive starts in Hollywood, skirts along the Blessington Lakes, linking Ballyknockan, Lacken of 'Widow's Peak' fame, and Manor Kilbride from where it heads over the Sally Gap where many scenes from 'Braveheart' were filmed. It then goes into into Laragh and finishes in Hollywood, which shot to stardom thanks to films such as 'This is my Father' and 'Dancing at Lughnasa'. The Braveheart Drive also comes over the Wicklow Gap, which was the location for many of the scenes in 'Reign of Fire'.

The 42 mile Excalibur Drive starts in Roundwood and takes in Lough Tay, which served as the backdrop of 'Excalibur' and 'Into the West'. It then heads towards Powerscourt Estate, which was featured in 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and has also been visited by people such as Princess Grace of Monaco. Bray is also one of the main stops on the trail. As the home of Ardmore Studios, the town has played host to films such as 'The Snapper', 'My Left Foot' and 'Ella Enchanted'. The trail then leads through Kilcoole of Glenroe fame before looping back around Newtownmountkennedy to Roundwood.

The Michael Collins starts in Wicklow Town, where the some of the court scenes for the Pierce Brosnan film 'Evelyn' were filmed in Wicklow Courthouse. From there the route heads out to Rathdrum, made famous by such films as 'A Love Divided', 'Durango' and 'Michael Collins'. The next stop of Avoca will be familiar to any Ballykissangel fans as it was where the entire series was based. Next on the route is Arklow where some scenes for 'Angela's Ashes' were shot and Brittas Bay, which was in 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

The trails were launched at Ardmore Studios in 2002. Funded by the National Millennium Committee, Wicklow County Council, Bray Town Council and Wicklow Rural Partnership through Leader II, the aim of their establishment was to attract more film-related tourism to the county. It has proven popular with tourists and locals alike.


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