In need of a bit of advice regarding a road trip around Wicklow. Am entertaining relatives from the UK visiting Ireland for the first time. They've indicated a particularly strong desire to see Glendalough and to do some hiking. That part's no problem since I know plenty of good walking routes around the Glendalough area but I also want to devise a driving route through the Wicklow mountains to give them a flavour of the other sights.
Plan is to head to Blessington and then make for Glendalough along the R756 with a quick stop at the Wicklow Gap.
If not too tired after hiking, am considering a quick loop through Glenmalure, taking the Military Road from Laragh to Drumgoff and then back to Laragh via Rathdrum.
Return to Dublin from Laragh via the Military Road, with a stop at Glenmacnass Waterfall, as far as Sally Gap and then onto the R759 for a stop a Luggala/Lough Tay before rejoining the N11 at Kilmacanogue and home.
Any suggestions for other stops or possible improvements to my route? I left out Glencree as it's too much of a diversion (similarly I'd love to show them the Glen of Imaal but it's just too awkward). I've also left out Powerscourt House – no interest and in any event likely too time consuming and probably tiring after walking around Glendalough. I want to finish on the N11 so I don't have to negotiate traffic in Dublin on the way back (am starting from Sandyford).
I hike in Wicklow quite a bit so I know the area but I'm more used to breaking it down into small walkable chunks rather than having to think about it as a whole so I'd appreciate some feedback.
Thanks in advance!