Photography, Filming & Drones

With its beautiful scenery and wildlife, the National Park is a mecca for photographers. Visitors are welcome to take photographs for their own use.

Commercial photography will require a permit.

Nature photographers must be aware of the sensitivity of their subjects. Animals and birds must never be stressed by a photographer approaching too closely. Nests may only be photographed or filmed under permit and licence.


Wicklow Mountains National Park is a No Drone Zone.

Drones are only allowed in the National Park under permit.

Because of the possible hazard to other aircraft, and their disturbance to wildlife, low flying aircraft and other objects (drones, kites, hang-gliders, etc) are regulated within the National Park. Users need to apply for a permit. Photographic drones can also be an invasion to the privacy of other visitors

Drone users operating outside of their licence may be recklessly endangering other aircraft. For example, helicopters are often used within the National Park for a variety of tasks and for Search and Rescue operations.  Despite it’s size, a drone could cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft engine in the event of a collision.

All drone owners should make themselves familiar with the laws and advice regarding drones. This can be found on the website of the Irish Aviation Authority.

In particular, the regulations state that a drone is not permitted to be flown:

  • unless the person operating the drone has permission from the landowner for take-off and
  • within 30m of any person, vessel or structure not under the control of the person operating the drone.
  • farther than 300m from the person operating the drone.
  • over an assembly of twelve or more people.
  • over 400ft (120m) above ground level.
  • if it will be a hazard to another aircraft in flight.

Commercial Filming

Several major films have been filmed in Wicklow Mountains National Park and surrounding areas, including Braveheart, Excalibur, Michael Collins, P.S. I Love You, and many others. Commercial filming requires a permit.

Details about Wicklow film trails can be found on the following websites:

Wicklow Film Commission (

Visit Wicklow (


If you have any queries, please contact us.