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Things To Do and See in Glendalough and Wicklow

With so much on offer in Glendalough and the surrounding area the question to ask is "can I fit it all in"?


  • Angling
    Anglers can enjoy excellent angling facilities in Co. Wicklow. Game fishing is available on a number of rivers including the Avonmore, Avoca and Aughrim. There are also a number of fisheries including one in Annamoe and in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.

  • Cycling
    Because of Wicklow’s diverse landscape it offers a varied range of routes and so makes it ideal for both the novice and experienced cyclist although the higher you climb the more spectacular the views. Bikes can be hired in Rathdrum and Roundwood.

  • Equestrian
    Enjoy the unique Wicklow landscape on horseback. There are numerous equestrian centres to choose from which offer lessons, trekking and lots more. The nearest is just a few kilometres away in Annamoe. See details below:

  • Glendalough Equestrian Centre
    Glendalough Estate
    Co. Wicklow
    Tel: +353 (0)404 45569
    E: info@glendaloughadventure.ie
    W: www.glendaloughadventure.ie
    Contact: Kevin Davy

    Glendalough Equestrian Centre is located in the spectacular setting of Glendalough Estate in County Wicklow on acres of mature woodland with the Annamoe river running through it. Riders also have access to Scar Mountain which adjoins the Estate.

    The Centre is AIRE approved and fully insured. We offer trekking, lessons and livery - all under the supervision of qualified staff.
    Adults and children welcome. Advance booking essential.

  • Golf
    Wicklow is a haven for golfers with courses to suit all levels from championship courses to pitch & putt. Don’t forget you also get to enjoy the spectacular scenery while you are playing. There are golf courses in Roundwood, Glenmalure, Aughrim, Druids Glen.

  • Swimming
    For safety reasons swimming is not permitted in either of the Glendalough lakes but there is plenty of opportunity for swimming in swimming pools in Bray, Wicklow town and Arklow. There are also a number of beaches within about 30 minutes drive where you can dip your toes in Wicklow town, Arklow and Brittas Bay.

  • Walking / Hiking / Climbing
    County Wicklow is recognised all over the world for the beauty of its landscapes and it presents a diversity of walking challenges from leisurely beach and wooded walks to gentle hills and to testing wilderness mountain climbs.

    The most famous walk is the Wicklow Way which stretches over 132 kilometres from south Dublin to nearby Co. Carlow across some of the most un spoilt countryside in Wicklow. Check out the Wicklow Way website.

    Walk in the footsteps of St. Kevin by following St Kevin’s Way from Hollywood in West Wicklow to Glendalough (26km). The mountains around Glendalough are an ideal challenge for the experienced climber. 

    Please remember climbing can be dangerous so ensure that you follow all recommended safety procedures.

    Footfalls Walking Holidays
    Co. Wicklow

    Contact: Christopher Stacey
    Tel/Fax: +353 (0) 404 45152
    W: www.walkinghikingireland.com

    Footfalls, based in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, specialise in guided nature walks. All our tours are nature and history orientated and we ensure that all accommodation and meals are to the highest standard leaving you to enjoy the scenic splendor and solitude of the countryside.

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  • Fun Park

    Vale of Clara
    Co. Wicklow

    Tel:+353 (0)404 46161
    E: day out@claralara.com
    W: www.claralara.com

    Clara Lara is a unique outdoor adventure Park, a couple of kilometers from Glendalough, dedicated to providing healthy and creative fun for families and groups of children. 30 acres of beautiful countryside in the Avonmore River valley with tree houses, Tarzan swings, rope bridges, rowing boats, water slides, rafts, canoes, junior go-carts, B.B.Q.s, mini golf, picnic areas, a restaurant and lots more. Open weekends in May and everyday from June to September.

  • Wicklow Adventures
    Hidden Valley Holiday Park
    Co. Wicklow
    Tel: +353 (0)86 7272872
    Fax:+353 (0)404 46080
    E: info@irelandholidaypark.com
    W: www.wicklowadventures.ie

    New for 2010: family day out at Hidden Valley Park in Rathdrum (close to Glendalough). Cycle the Sally Gap (downhill), Kayak the Avonmore River (experience required), Archery, Paintballs, Air Rifle, Team Building Events, Wicklow Adventureland with adventure fortress, embankment slides, slide-away towers, sand/water play, giant space net, fishing, swimming, kayak and rowing boats.

    Birthday parties and special events welcome. Opening varies for activities between April 2nd and October 31st.

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  • Scenic Drives

  • Scenic Drives
    Sally Gap
    From Dublin drive via Glencullen, Kilternan and The Scalp into Enniskerry. From here you can visit Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, which include the highest waterfall in Ireland. Continue to Sally Gap, a notable crossroads situated between Kippure Mountain and the Djouce Mountain, where the road leads to Glendalough, by Glenmacnass and Laragh.
    Wicklow Gap
    The Wicklow Gap links East and West Wicklow and it is a wonderful scenic drive which starts from Hollywood and meanders across the mountains to Glendalough with spectacular views en route.
    Laragh, Glenmalure, Aughrim, Avoca, Rathdrum, Laragh From Laragh on the Rathdrum Road take the Military Road through the scenic Glenmalure. Drive on to the picturesque village of Aughrim and back through Avoca, the home of ‘Ballykissangel’. Stop at the Meetings of the Waters and then head to Rathdrum where you can take in the historic Avondale House, home to Charles Stewart Parnell and head back to Laragh where you can take in Clara Lara Fun Park on the way.

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  • Festivals & Events
    The Walking Festival takes place annually in October and starts from Laragh.

    The Bealtaine Festival takes place in May and is an ‘Arts’ festival to celebrate the older members of the community. The events are varied and include drama, music and dance and are open to everyone.

    The Festival of St. Kevin takes place in June and the St. Laurence O’Toole Festival take place in November.

    The Wicklow Gardens Festival takes place in the summer from May until August where many unique gardens are open to the public.

    See the News and Events page nearer the dates of these festivals for more information.

  • Historic & Ecclesiastical Sites
    Monastic City Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the ‘Monastic City’. The ‘City’ consists of a number of monastic remains, and the most impressive being the Round Tower which stands 30m high. The main group of monastic buildings lie downstream near the Round Tower. To find out more about the Monastic City and details of other archaeological features, tombs and cairns, to be found in the Park click here>>>

  • Museums/ Visitor & Education Centres

    Glendalough Visitor Centre
    Co. Wicklow

    Tel:+353 (0)404 45325 / 45352
    Fax:+353 (0)404 45626
    W: www.heritageireland.ie

    The Visitor Centre is adjacent to ruins of the monastic settlement and has an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show. Guided tours of the Monastic City are available in multiple languages all year round by advance booking. The Visitor Centre also holds Free Summer Lectures related to Irish heritage and history.

  • Open Farms

  • Parks & Gardens
    Wicklow is known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ because of its diverse landscape and beauty but it also boasts a myriad of wonderful gardens both formal and informal as well as a number of parks and woodland walks. You can visit Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall (the highest in Ireland) in Enniskerry. Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford are also well worth a visit. Avondale House, in Rathdrum, is set in 500 acres of forest with short and long walks.

  • Retreat Centres

  • Waterfall
    Glenmacnass Waterfall North of Laragh on the Sally Gap Road (R115), this turbulent fall cascades nearly 80m into a deep glacial valley.
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  • Cinema
    If you fancy a trip to the movies you have to travel to the Bridgewater Centre in Arklow or Bray in Co. Wicklow for the nearest cinema – the journey takes about 30 minutes.

  • Health & Well being

  • Internet Access

    Laragh IT
    Brockagh Resource Centre
    Co. Wicklow

    Tel:+353 (0)404 45600
    Fax:+353 (0) 404 45664
    E: laraghit@eircom.net
    W: www.win.ie

    Laragh IT Centre in the Brockagh Resource Centre in Laragh is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm. The IT Centre offers internet access as well as a host of other services – photocopying, printing, typing, business cards, CV's etc as well as a number of classes from complete beginners to ECDL training.

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