Top 10 Things to do in Rathdrum, Ireland

April 9, 2018 Layne Dawes

Discover the best top things to do in Rathdrum, Ireland including Glenmalure Lodge, The Mill at Avoca Village, The Wicklow Way, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Mount Usher Gardens, Woodenbridge Golf Club, Irish Working Sheepdogs, Bray Head Cliff Walk, Vagabond Tours, Glendalough Monastic Settlement.
Restaurants in Rathdrum

1. Glenmalure Lodge

Glenmalure, Rathdrum, Ireland +404 46188
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Glenmalure Lodge

Reviewed By Angie M

Absolutely fabulous. ..really relaxed environment with excellent friendly people...like to mention Mary and Ann, thanks . The scenery outside your window is breath taking...the food delicious. ..can't say enough good things about the lodge ..even the showers in the rooms...top notch ☺ see ye next year Angela ☺

2. The Mill at Avoca Village

Millmount Mills, Avoca, Ireland +353 402 35105
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4.5 based on 444 reviews

The Mill at Avoca Village

On the banks of the Avoca river, you’ll find the Avoca store, cafe and mill. This location is the birthplace of the Avoca experience, and the origin of the family’s company name. Dating from 1723, this very special Avoca location is home to the handweaving mill, a large Avoca Store and Cafe and a visitor centre (admission free) which tells the story of the mill from the beginning. The Mill Tour invites people to see firsthand where our very own throws, rugs and scarves come from, and to see them being made by hand. Some of our weavers who work here are third generation.

Reviewed By ALISON H - Harrogate, United Kingdom

A good stopping off place combining tasty homemade food with an insight into modern weaving techniques . There is also a gift shop selling some beautiful woollen products from the mill , which are quite expensive . But we enjoyed our refreshments , particularly the cheese , tomato and herb scones , and having a glimpse of the weaving shed , where most of the process is automated nowadays .

3. The Wicklow Way

Wicklow, Ireland +353 1 280 1899
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5 based on 171 reviews

The Wicklow Way

Reviewed By daymoLiverpool - Liverpool, United Kingdom

A mild Sunday afternoon we set off from Stepaside for a shortish drive up Crone Woods - on the Wicklow Way. The drive up is quite impressive with different hills and scenes over Dublin bay. The mist was rolling in on the top of some the hills which made it more atmospheric.
We parked up at the Crone Woods carpark and set off on our walk which is fairly up hill, we were struck by the range of different colours in the trees shades of orange, brown, and greens and as the sun was coming down it seemed even more dramatic. We continued to encourage each other up the hill to the gorgeous view of Powercourt waterfall were we rested taking in views of the scenery before continuing our descent down. again noticing the different landscapes and diversity of trees. In total the walk lasted about an hour and to the total of about 9000 steps. A good head clearing experience and now for the Sunday roast.....

4. Wicklow Mountains National Park

Glendalough Village, Ireland +353 404 45425
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4.5 based on 979 reviews

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Reviewed By Dawn F - Brooklyn, New York

I have to start by saying “OMG”! What a beautiful sight, so breathtaking. I spent a couple of hours here and my husband and I were in awe the whole time. It really helps you appreciate not only creation, but the Creator. If you are someone who appreciates nature and beauty, then you will enjoy this. If you are into camping and hiking, then you would be into this. If you aren’t, you can still come and appreciate what it has to offer. You can enjoy the monastic ruins or walk to get to the Upper and Lower lakes. There are two paths to the lakes. My husband and I did both: the Green Road and the boardwalk. The Green road is more of a natural, rugged setting. The boardwalk is for those who want to see the lakes in a more casually, easier setting via a man-made boardwalk. Both are nice. I was even surprised to see food stations available for purchase in the middle of the lakes. It was also nice to see locals using the park for exercise and recreation. The roads and small communities on the way up to the mountain are also very nice and inviting. Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy!

5. Mount Usher Gardens

County Wicklow, Ashford, Ireland +353 404 40116
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

Mount Usher Gardens

Reviewed By mikefagan1 - Foxrock, Dublin 18.

Every Christmas our daughters present us with an annual season ticket (exceptional value, btw, given that the Gardens are open all year round). We love these Gardens because, even when it's busy at weekends & on Bank Holidays etc., it's always possible to wander off the beaten track & soak up the peace & quiet of these beautiful Gardens. The Gardens themselves are a credit to the gardening staff, my wife & I keep thinking back to about 30/40 (?) years ago when, it seemed to us, they were starting to deteriorate. We enjoy seeing the many painters & photographers setting up their equipment in their favourite places & the numerous enthusiasts taking close-up photographs with their mobiles of the flowers & the birds & the bees. Last weekend we spotted a camera crew from a well known TV station shooting models in front of several beautiful trees & shrubs in all of their autumnal glory - we couldn't help but feel that the beautiful models & clothes paled into utter insignificance when compared to nature's glory. This is our Top Favourite garden in Ireland & we cannot re mom end it too highly.

6. Woodenbridge Golf Club

Woodenbridge, Avoca, Arklow, Ireland +353 402 35202
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Woodenbridge Golf Club

Surrounded by rivers and mature Forests, Woodenbridge Golf Club was described by the legendary Joe Carr as "Ireland's Augusta" and "The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem". Woodenbridge is listed in the Golf Digest - Ireland's Top 100 Ranking, and is renowned for superb condition of the course and lightning fast, undulating greens.

Reviewed By finchymyboy - Bedford. England

2nd year we visited and played Woodenbridge and it has become our favourite course amongst the half dozen we have now played in Ireland which includes both courses at Druids Glen. This is in a beautiful valley and the condition of the entire course is superb - we were lucky with the weather as well, seeing this place on a sunny day made it even better.
The hospitality in the club house is typically Irish - very friendly and accommodating, the food and Guinness fabulous. If I was going to move to Southern Ireland I would make sure it was in this area so I could join this course and play it for the rest of my life! If you turn up and your golf is rubbish on the day, just enjoy the view and you will still come off the course with a smile on your face.

7. Irish Working Sheepdogs

Annamoe Trout Fishery, Annamoe, Ireland
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5 based on 73 reviews

Irish Working Sheepdogs

There’s nothing a sheepdog likes more than to hunt sheep, and Michael will prove this as he puts his dogs to work. Throughout the demonstration, he will explain what each command means, giving a good insight into the dog training technique. This demonstration is a must see for all. You will witness the intelligence of these sheepdogs as they follow the commands obediently. This is a perfect opportunity for you to capture the true essence of Irish country living. Our sheepdog demonstrations showcase the process of sheep herding, and we have specially designed packages for corporate team building, so if you fancy a break from the office and a fun day out with your colleagues, look no further!

Reviewed By jihuff - Fairview, Texas

It was the last stop on our Wild Rover Tour of Kilkenny, Glendalough, and Wicklow Mts. The day had been rainy, but our tour guide Richard and bus driver Sarah, had filled our day with lots of great experiences. Our last stop was to view...MoreI am glad you enjoyed it. It is always great to get positive feedback. Make sure to tell all your pals!! to visit me 'Irish Working Sheepdogs' at Annamoe! Regards Michael

8. Bray Head Cliff Walk

Bray Promenade, Bray, Ireland +353 404 20070
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4.5 based on 924 reviews

Bray Head Cliff Walk

Reviewed By Mike F - Dublin, Ireland

While I heard that this walk was a great hike, I found it a little disappointing. The start from Bray is nice along the sea front but towards the end at Greystones, it just seems to be flat farmland and nothing really of interest. It ran into more scrub land and then into a building site with metal fencing. What an eye sore. Greystones seems an ok village. Got the train back as one member of the group had sore feet. Just beware when buying a train ticket as the machine is rather rmisleading. The first option is for a return ticket rather than singles, so just be careful what your buying. While the walk was ok, the Howth cliff walk is better.

9. Vagabond Tours

Unit 52 Grand Canal Street Upper, Greystones A63 PA07, Ireland
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5 based on 518 reviews

Vagabond Tours

Reviewed By Nancy O - Libertyville, Illinois

My husband and I had a FANTASTIC time on our 8-Day Wild Irish Rover Tour in mid-September! We had looked forward to it for so long, and it met and far exceeded any expectations we may have had! We felt like we had been totally immersed in the Irish culture and history, folklore, music, people. Our guide's (Darran) passion for his country was amazing. His gift of story telling and knowledge of Irish history, folklore, music, culture was incredible. His energy, positive attitude, ready smile, easy laugh and sense of humor set the tone for our group dynamics all 8 days of the tour ~ and it was fantastic! No one wanted it to end. Your attention to every detail did not go unnoticed. The van was comfortable, always clean-inside and out. Flexible planning, prompt departures (it's not easy to mobilize 12 people) anticipating our needs, calls to set up experiences (the sheep farm, Dingle Crystal), dinner and lunch Reservations, irish coffee and biscuits at "the top of the world", a dip in the sea, off the beaten path drives....took advantage of every opportunity to experience Ireland. We loved every outdoor/active experience from visiting historical ruins and sites, hiking, scenery stops, kayaking, biking, picnics, pub visits. Each day's plan was perfectly orchestrated to take advantage of every opportunity and get us out of the bus and active! The accommodations, breakfasts, and lodging hosts were all so comfortable, well prepared and warmly welcoming! I can't think of a single flaw to the whole experience. We will be talking about this to our friends, neighbors and family and encouraging any/all to visit and experience Ireland with Vagabond! We are so sad that it's over and wish we could do it all over again! THANK you, thank you, thank you, Darran, and the Vagabond team, for a travel experience of a lifetime. We really did fall in love with your beautiful country of Ireland!

10. Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Visitor Centre, Ireland +353 404 45325
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Glendalough Monastic Settlement

This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.

Reviewed By ProfT - New England

This is a fantastic day trip that takes you through Lough Tay to one of the original early medieval monastic settlements. St. Kevin was particularly important for the community of Glendalough, and if you've visited monastic sites elsewhere in Europe you'll see why and how the Irish system developed so differently.

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