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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

Warble Bank - Garden Newtownmountkennedy County Wicklow Ireland
Warble Bank
Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
One of the most fortuitous things you could wish for in a garden is a mature setting combined with generations of gardeners. Warble Bank is blessed with both, and Anne Condell continues her late mother’s tradition at her home, which has a h ...
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Golf

The 3rd Hole
European Club, The
Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Links
The European Club was formed and designed by renowned Irish designer Pat Ruddy. It swiftly became recognised for the level of quality that awaits on the course and has received countless votes of confidence from the international golfing press. R ...
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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).

M ...
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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

Wedding
Druids Glen Resort
Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
In a stunning location between the sea and the mountains, and adjacent to Druids Glen Golf Club, this luxurious hotel just south of Dublin makes a fine venue for the larger wedding - and, for guests who can take a few days break, it has outstandi ...
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