Glendalough “the valley of the two lakes” 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. It is also renowned for its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.
If historic houses and gardens are on your bucket list, Wicklow features an abundance including; Avondale House, Kilruddery House and Gardens, Russborough House and Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. Also close to Druids Glen is the beautiful National Garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade.
While touring Wicklow be sure to visit the Sally Gap and Glencree for spectacular scenery as well as spotting film shoot locations such as The Vikings, Braveheart and Excalibur.
Outdoor and sporting enthusiasts are well catered for with activities including hiking, cycling, fishing, water sports, horse riding at Brennanstown Riding School and numerous beaches to explore including Brittas, Silver Strand, Greystones, Newcastle and Kilcoole.
Wicklow is also highly regarded for it’s food produce including excellent seafood, Wicklow lamb, cheeses and chutneys from local artisan suppliers as well as excellent vegetarian and vegan fare available from the famous Happy Pear in Greystones. This local seaside village is a must to visit for a leisurely seaside stroll and a visit to the many cafés, restaurants and boutiques.
If you wish to travel into Dublin to explore, hop on the DART at Greystones for a scenic, coastal train journey into the city. Shopping enthusiasts are also well catered for in AVOCA, located in both nearby areas of Powerscourt & Kilmacacnogue.
Closer to home guests can explore our walking trail and golfers can choose from our two courses – Druids Glen and Druids Heath – aswell as an abundance of good courses locally including The European and Powerscourt Golf Club.