BrookLodge & Macreddin Village is ideally located near a number of County Wicklow touring and historical places of importance along Ireland’s Ancient East. We are surrounded by the below County Wicklow hotspots. Why not take a Macreddin Village Back Pack (€15pp) with you? Our Back Packs include some Macreddin Village treats to enjoy and re-fuel along the way. Contact the Front Office Crew who will arrange this for you with a little notice....
A place of historical importance, rich in beautiful scenery, heritage and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is the perfect place to spend the day admiring the beauty of County Wicklow. Otherwise known as the Valley of Two Lakes, the scenery on offer will take your breath away. The monastic site and lakes are available all year round. Surrounded by many walking routes and hikes for the more experienced, you are sure to work up an appetite for some really good food upon your return to Macreddin Village.
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.
Avondale Forest Park
Avondale Forest Park is the birthplace of Irish Forestry. Samuel Hayes built Avondale House in the 1770’s and 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 trails for walking and family cycling. The Railway Walk links the park directly into Rathdrum – that which Parnell himself took to connect to the train at Rathdrum and onward to the Houses of Parliament in London. The trails are of varying lengths and feature the best the Park has to offer – along the vast expanse of the ‘Great Ride, through majestic stands of Sequoia, Spruce and broadleaves and down along the steep-sided river valley. Avondale House is currently undergoing re-development and is closed, however the Forest Park is open to visitors.
Wicklow Gaol is an atmospheric jail museum experience offering visitors a glimpse of life in prisons of the past. As one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, Wicklow Gaol tells the story of its prisoners through an interactive tour led by experienced and passionate actor guides. The Gaol offers guests at Macreddin Village a 25% discount when booking a tour. Contact: 0404 61599.
Brittas has a 5km stretch of powdery sand and sand dunes, it is designated as a proposed Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is an area of ecological importance The landscape is dominated by the dunes which cover approx.100 hectares. The beach is life guarded throughout the bathing season. Brittas Bay has been awarded ‘European Union (EU) Blue Flag’. The dunes are home to many interesting wildlife species and plants, including a number of rare species. Brittas Bay is a lovely community with rich heritage. It is said that Brittas Bay was the initial landing site of St Patrick.
Greenan Farm & Maze
Located just 5km from Macreddin Village, Greenan Farm and Maze has something for everyone. Spend the whole day wandering around the farm in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. With loads of attractions to check out, the day will be packed full of things to do and will keep all the family and kids fully occupied. Open Seasonally, Contact: 0404 46000
Greenan Shekina Sculpture Garden
Located just ten minutes from Macreddin Village, this tranquil and beauty-filled garden situated at the entrance to Glenmalure Valley is a reflective space. It contains a stream, ponds, shrubs, a gazebo and a unique collection of sculptures by modern Irish Artists. Open daily from 11am – 5:30pm. It is recommended to call Catherine before visiting on 086 8569106.
The Meeting of the Waters, Avoca
Located just fifteen minutes from Macreddin Village, the Avonmore and Avonbeg Rivers come together to form the Avoca River, otherwise known as The Meeting of the Waters. Here on a rustic seat, formed from the root of a tree; the poet Thomas Moore is said to have written the words of the Irish Melody, ‘The Meeting of the Waters’.
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford
Located just thirty minutes from Macreddin Village, Mount Usher is a wild Robinsonian Garden dating back to 1860, measuring 20 acres and containing over 5,000 different species of plants and trees. Water forms an essential part of the scenery with cascades and suspension bridges. Contact: 0404 49672
Tinahely Farm Shop
Located just fifteen minutes from Macreddin Village, The Tinahely Farm Shop creates an ideal environment for a fun filled family day out. Home to some friendly farm animals, an activity barn and a gift shop, ensuring there is something for all members of the family to enjoy.
Contact: 087 8168457
National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh
Located just outside Wicklow Town, the Gardens lie within an estate developed extensively during the 19th Century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son Sir Frederick Moore, Curators of the National Botanic Gardens at that time. It was a period of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous plant species from around the world being introduced to Ireland for the first time. The different soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Kilmacurragh is particularly famous for its conifer and rhododendron collections. Kilmacurragh is open all year round. The grounds are free to enter and explore, and Acton Café offers coffee and lunches on site. Guided tours are available during the summer season. Contact: 01 8040300
Macreddin Golf Course
Practise your swing at Macreddin Golf Course, designed by European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley. Macreddin's 18 Hole Par 72 Golf Course poses a challenge for even the most experience golfer. Surrouonded by an area of outstanding beauty, you'll enjoy the best parts of the beautiful Wicklow Countryside as you take on the course. Contact: 0402 36999
Russborough House is a stately house situated near the Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow, between the towns of Blessington and Ballymore Eustace and is reputed to be the longest house in Ireland. It is a Palladian mansion built from local granite 275 years ago which now has a protected view to preserve the vista that persuaded the First Earl of Milltown to build Russborough in its current location with its magnificent unspoilt views of the Wicklow Mountains and Blessington Lakes. Guided House Tours are available, pre-booking required. Contact: 045 865239