A Convenient Pub on the Wicklow Way
Are you hiking the Wicklow Way and looking for somewhere to camp? Egans can help you out there. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, so just get in touch with a message at https://www.facebook.com/egansbarparkbridge.
The Wicklow Way hike passes right beside Egans bar in Parkbridge. Nevermind the other stops, because with the stunning scenery, a warm welcome, hospitality and good quality goods, Egans will give you an authentic Irish experience that you will remember for years to come! You could be lucky if you are around for some of their great music events too!
The locations is most convenient – where the Wicklow Way and the Wicklow hills are at their southernmost, as you travel between Shillelagh and the low lying valley of the Derry river which flows through Clonegal. A description of this area is available here on the Wicklow Way website.
The bar is a short walk from an intersection at the townsland of Aghowle. You can reach it by walking south of Aghowle (next to Moylisha), descending through picturesque winding roads before straightening out at the bottom of the valley into Parkbridge. Below is a map which shows the route towards Egans from the intersection at Aghowle. If you are a good walker / hiker you will obviously beat the Google Maps estimate! The map below shows the route that you will take:
Services on the Wicklow Way
Hikers / walkers have been calling to Parkbridge for decades, and so a number of amenities are now available to those who call in to the bar or shop. Larry and Mary have a variety of services available for when hikers or walkers need supplies. Here is a list of just some of those services for you:
- THE most friendly welcome you could imagine!
- Free WiFi and phone charging facilities on site.
- Free and excellent spring well water available.
- Toilet facilities.
- Egans house and farm is next to the bar.
- A variety of local accommodation options close by – from self-catering Air BnB to traditional B&B.
- A selection of soup, sandwiches, pizzas and other snacks that can be made available at short notice.
- Tea, coffee and drink supplies.
- A local taxi service to pick you up or drop you off on the Wicklow Way.
- Other hiking supplies*
*Please contact Egans by sending a message on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/egansbarparkbridge or call on (05394) 29144. If there are any specific supplies that you might need, Egans will do their best to help, and Larry and Mary will help out wherever they can. It is also recommended to contact Egans on the Facebook page if you intend on visiting the bar early on in the day.
Check out this video blog of a Wicklow Way hike that finished in Clonegal:
We hope you enjoy your trip whichever way it starts or ends, and look forward to seeing you in the near future.
Larry and Mary