Let me start off this post by noting that Ireland is a very small place. So it always surprises me to be lucky enough to discover somewhere as special and unique as Victors Way. Not to mention, somewhere sacred and relatively unknown among much of the population. Alas, those who seek a place like Victors Way, will always find it.
Like most millennials, I often discover new things via social media. So when I found out about this strange and interesting place, I knew I had to go and experience it for myself. I drove for two hours to Co.Wicklow (and on the way I had a minor yet expensive car accident, lovely!) and was ready to bask in the serenity of the Indian sculptures and the beautiful Irish scenery.
Once we finally made it up the windy Wicklow mountains (my ears popped on the way up and my eyes were finally starting to dry after the sobbing I had done right after the car accident) where my partner and I met Victor, the delightfully eccentric gentleman who owns the park. We each paid €5 entry while Victor gave us some zany words of wisdom about life and then sent us on our way into the park.
My first impression of the twenty acre park was how serene it was even though there was quite a few people around. This could be due to the fact that it is not advised that you bring children or pets to this park. It is not that type of park. This is a place for meditation and contemplation. The 2k Contemplation Path takes around one hour to complete and is abundant with sculptures, ponds, trees and seating spots.
When walking through the Contemplation Path we were met with an array of very intense looking statues that depicted the path to self-realization and enlightenment. Many of the sculptures are made out of bronze or black granite and were comissioned in both India and Pakistan as far as I am aware.
My favourite sculpture from the entire park is the (sadly) relatable Ferryman. He struggles through a bright green swampy stream where the grass is always greener on the other side. The story behind the Ferryman is that he is burnt out and no longer can enjoy his craft for what it once meant to him, he has lost sight of the shore.
One of the most interesting concepts that was encouraged along the walk, was something called Forest Bathing. The idea is that you can be regenerated by the nature that surrounds you by simply just being at one with it. You can read more about it on the Victor’s Way website.
I would suggest allowing yourself as much time as possible to soak in all the glorious details and words if wisdom that Victor’s Way has to offer. Wear comfy clothes and definitely give Forest Bathing a try. You will be amazed at the results! Victor’s Way is a truly unique place to experience and I would highly recommend it to fellow Irish people and tourists alike. It is rare to come across a gem such as this place.
Victor’s Way is open from April 14th to September 30th, every day from 12.30 to 18.00hrs.
You’ll find Victor’s Way on the Old Enniskerry Road, L1036, about 2 km north of Roundwood in Co Wicklow.