Have you ever wondered why Wicklow is called The Garden County? BrookLodge & Macreddin Village is ideally located near Wicklow's most stunning hotspots and historic sites along Ireland’s Ancient East. We have put together a list of scenic trails, attractions and dining options available in and around Macreddin Village.
The Valley of Two Lakes, Glendalough is home to beautiful scenery that will take your breath away, even on a rainy day. Steeped in history and heritage, Glendalough offers a variety of walking and hiking routes and is a wonderful place to spend your day. The monastic site and lakes are available to visit all year round so be sure to check this out on your stay.
Avondale Forest Park
Avondale Forest Park is the birthplace of Irish Forestry. Samuel Hayes built Avondale House in the 1770’s, where he collected and planted a range of tree species from all over the world. The House moved into the ownership of the Parnell family in the 1800’s and was the birth-place of the great Irish statesman, Charles Stewart Parnell. Today, the Forest Park provides a variety of scenic trails for walking and family cycling.
Brittas Bay offers the true beach experience with 5km of powdery sand and sand dunes. Approximately 100 Hectares of the landscape is covered by sand dunes, which are home to many exciting wildlife species and plants. Brittas Bay is an area of ecological importance and has been awarded the ‘European Union Blue Flag’. It is also said that Brittas Bay was the initial landing site of St Patrick.
Russborough House was built by the First Earl of Milltown over 275 years ago from local granite, it has magnificent unspoilt views of the Wicklow Mountains and Blessington lakes. It is reputed to be the longest house in Ireland. There are guided House Tours available, pre-booking and limited numbers are required. Contact 045 865239 for more information.
The Meeting of the Waters, Avoca
Located just fifteen minutes from Macreddin Village, the Avonmore and Avonbeg come together to form the Avoca river, otherwise known as “The Meeting of the Waters'. Here there's a rustic seat at the root of a tree, the poet Thomas Moore is said to have written the Irish Melody ‘The Meeting of the Water’.
Take a picnic with you
We offer a Macreddin Village Backpack (€15pp) or a Macreddin Village Picnic (€25pp) that you can take with you and enjoy on your travels as you adventure through County Wicklow. Our Backpacks and Picnics include some Macreddin Village tasty treats to help you re-fuel along the way. Our Front Office Crew can arrange this for you with a little notice.
The Sally Gap
A relaxing drive through the Sally Gap offers spectacular views of the surrounding blanket bog and the Wicklow Mountains. Sally Gap is one of two east-to-west passes across the Wicklow Mountains. Sally Gaps is a cross-road that leads you North to Dublin, West to Blessington, South to Glendalough or East to Roundwood. Highlights of this winding, twisting feat of engineering include the Glencree Valley, the dark waters of Lough Tay, Kippure Mountain and Glenmacnass Waterfall.
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford
Located just 30 minutes from Macreddin Village, Mount Usher is a wild Robinsonian Garden dating back to 1860. Take some time to explore the 20 acres of land where you’ll find over 5,000 different species of plants and trees. Contact: 0404 49672 for more information.
Greenan Shekina Sculpture Garden
Is nature more what you're interested in? Check out the Greenan Shekina Sculpture Garden to find a tranquil and beauty-filled garden situated at the entrance to Glenmalure Valley. Here you’ll discover rippling streams, lily filled ponds and a unique collection of sculptures by modern Irish Artists. The Garden is open daily from 11am – 5:30pm and just 10 short minutes from Macreddin Village! It is recommended to call Catherine before visiting on 086 8569106.
Tinahely Farm Shop
Looking for a family day out? Why not visit Tinahely Farm Shop, just fifteen minutes from Macreddin Village. Here you can find all sorts of surprises such as some friendly farm animals, an activity barn and gift shop. Tinahely Farm Shop has something for all family members to enjoy!
The Shillelagh Stick, Main Street Shillelagh
In preparation for your walking adventure, why not visit The Shillelagh Stick, for the perfect walking stick. Browse through a collection of genuine, locally grown Blackthorn Shillelagh Sticks. From elegant walking sticks and mighty clubs to gift pieces and good luck charms, there is something for everyone. Contact: 053 94 29113 for more information.
Greenan Farm & Maze
Visit Greenan Farm and Maze for a relaxed friendly atmosphere. This family farm has fought hard to preserve wildlife areas and natural habitats in the beautiful wicklow hills. It is the perfect place to get in touch with nature again. Greenan Farm has something for everyone, you can spend some time wandering around the farm and losing yourself in the maze. You're sure to make some long lasting memories here.
Food and Drink
The Food Village, Macreddin Village
Macreddin Village is known as the Food Village and it's easy to see why. With a variety of venues onsite offering free range, organic and wild food options, you can savour great food in sublime settings.
The Strawberry Tree is Ireland's first certified organic restaurant, with a daily changing menu that reflects the seasons, and features fresh organic and wild foods. Many of the ingredients are grown to order on nearby organic farms, or foraged by our own chefs and full time food forager, on the lanes and in the fields and woods surrounding Macreddin Village.
Also at The Food Village you can find, La Taverna Armento, our southern Italian Restaurant & The Orchard Cafe, serving free range & organic lunches.
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