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Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Rathdrum is an attractive village that is pitched high on the western side of the beautiful Avonmore valley in County Wicklow. Rathdrum is served by mainline train and bus from Dublin and Rosslare.

It offers the tourist majestic views of the River Avonmore, which flows through the Vale of Clara. The town has fine shops, crafts, restaurants and evening entertainment and is the film location of films like “Michael Collins”, “A Love Divided” and “Durango” shot here. Rathdrum is an ideal base for exploring Wicklow by car, bike, horse or best of all, on foot. Right in the heart of Wicklow’s mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes, the whole area is an activity paradise. 

Rathdrum was the birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history. Visitors are introduced to Avondale House by way of a video presentation of the life of Parnell, which is followed by a stroll around this historic house. The house is set amongst the Avondale Forest, which is excellent for both picnics and walking. In the town there is the Parnell National Memorial Park.

Rathdrum is an ideal location for hill walkling, cycling, canoeing and touring.

West of Rathdrum lies the scenic valley of Glenmalure, the longest glacier valley in either Ireland or Britain. Shadowed by the mighty Lugnaquilla (927m) its inhospitable terrain provided safe haven for rebels like Fiach McHugh O’Byrne who in 1580 defeated 800 English soldiers in the Battle of Glenmalure. Now a walkers paradise it is situated on the famous Wicklow Way Walk.

Gardens

Kilmacurragh Arboretum - National Botanic Garden - Kilbride County Wicklow Ireland
Kilmacurragh Arboretum - National Botanic Garden
Redcross, Co. Wicklow
Kilmacurragh is a most exciting place to visit, for here you can time travel between the plant hunting of the Victorian era and see the results of today’s plant hunting in action. Grown from seed gathered in the wild, some of the new i ...
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Golf

The 16th Fairway
Powerscourt Golf Club
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Just half an hour south of Dublin, set in breath taking surroundings of one of the finest estates in Europe, in the county known as the Garden of Ireland, Powerscourt is one of Ireland’s premier golfing centres. Comprising of 36 extremely c ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Wicklow Lighthouse
Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow Head Lighthouse has safeguarded and decorated the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781. It is a peace seeker’s haven with inspiring and refreshing views of the Irish Sea. The landscape and scenery surrounding the lighthouse provide a ...
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What's On

BrookLodge Farmers Market - County Wicklow
Brooklodge Farmers Market

BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin village, County Wicklow

Organic food markets, held on the first Sunday of the month, noon-5pm (April - October).

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Tourist Attractions

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Dwyer McAllister Cottage
Donard, Co. Wicklow
Dwyer McAllister Cottage is is a cottage dedicated to the memory of Michael Dwyer, a celebrated 1798 leader. The cottage nestles in the shade of Kaedeen mountain at the top of a grassy lane off the Donard to Rathdangan road and it was here in win ...
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Wedding Venues

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Luggala
Roundwood, Co. Wicklow
The jewel in the crown of all the places to stay in Ireland, this house set deep in the Wicklow mountains was famous for the “raffish weekends” thrown there by the present owner’s mother, Oonagh Guinness, one of the “Golde ...
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