The Lakeside Heritage Project is an initiative of the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in association with local communities in the Blessington Lakeside Area.

It involves the creation of a digital database of information, stories, photos, audio and film footage relating to the natural and cultural heritage of this part of north west Wicklow. Additional information can be added to over time, and existing content can be accessed to support local tourism initiatives such as heritage trails, brochures, maps and signage. 

The Lakeside Heritage Project is supported by Wicklow County Council and The Heritage Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan and as part of the Wicklow Commemorates 1916 programme. 

The Blessington Lakes are nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The waters of this man made reservoir, created c. 1940 form the centrepiece in the landscape around which a very rich and unique local history and heritage can be explored. Whether you are cycling, driving or walking, there are a wealth of stories and folklore to be discovered in the local landmarks; giving glimpses of Neolithic settlements and flooded villages; granite stone cutting traditions and the rebuilding of Dublin after the 1916 Rising. The lakes and surrounding area are popular with outdoor enthusiasts and host a wonderful natural environment, recognised as a Special Area of Conservation for the internationally important population of Greylag Goose and a host of overwintering birds. Look out for these and other wildlife as you explore this very special part of Wild Wicklow.

Exploring this site: Follow the headings above to view a map of the lakeside area and individual 'points of interest' . Click on a point of interest to access information, photos and audio clips.Share your information by clicking on the 'Contribute' tab above and follow the instructions. 

We hope that you enjoy browsing our site and that it  encourages you visit and discover the Blessington Lakeside area. For more about the heritage, people and places of county Wicklow visit our online community heritage website Our Wicklow Heritage