Lough Bray is a lovely lake, only about 30 minutes drive from Dublin yet set in a lovely, unspoilt location.
The lake is located just off the Military Road which runs from the outskirts of the city all the way to Glendalough and beyond. Lough Bray is not far past Glencree and just before the entrance to the Kippure mast.
The upper lake has a sister lake nearby but this one is a bit more attractive. A short walk down the track from the roadway will lead you to the lakeside and there is a nice walk at a height along its length.
The water here is dark and deep and often cold. But it’s a great place to swim with the surrounding cliffs giving you a feeling of being in the wilderness. Like all mountain lakes you need to be careful here and watch out for hidden rocks. Access into the lake can be from various spots along its near side and the far end has some grassy spots which give you room to stretch out and sunbathe.
A drawback is the flies in the height of summer.
For adventurous and experienced walkers there is a short but steep climb at the far end of the lake which will give you great views . There is also a well worn track which you can follow and you can watch out for the herds of deer which are often seen in this area.
From Dublin city you take the R115 Military Road. About two kilometres after the turn for Glencree you make your way up a twisty hill and there is a small, rough lay-by on your left hand side which has space for a few cars. Opposite this you will see the lake. If there is no parking space here, a further kilometre up the road you will usually find parking at the entrance to the Kippure mast.
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 56