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Free Days Out in County Wicklow, ROI

Dwyer McAllister Cottage, Derrynamuck, Knockanarrigan, Co. Wicklow

Located 9km south-east of Donard the cottage nestles in the shade of Kaedeen mountain at the top of a grassy lane off the Donard to Rathdangan road in Co. Wicklow.

It is a fine example of a traditional thatched cottage built with local stone and whitewashed inside and out. It was from this cottage, in the Winter of 1799, that the famed rebel, Michael Dwyer, fought the encircling British groups and finally made good his escape over the snow covered mountains. The cottage was later destroyed by fire and lay in ruins for almost 150 years. It was restored to its original form as a monument in the late 1940's and again extensively repaired and re-roofed in 1992.

Open Mid Jun - Mid Sept daily 14.00 - 18.00 / Last admission 45 minutes before closing / Average Length of Visit: 30 minutes

Admission Free

Restricted access for visitors with disabilities

Leaflet available in English / Photography and Video is allowed but commercial photography requires permission

Tel: +353 404 45325/45352 (Glendalough Visitor Centre)


Facilities: Exhibitions, Toilets

Glendalough Monastic Site and Lakes,
County Wicklow

County Wicklow, ROI

One of the most important early Christian sites in Ireland. Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning "Glen of Two Lakes") is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and destroyed in 1398 by English troops.

Access to site is Free but a charge applies to the visitor center.

Just the journey alone to the Glendalough Monastic Site is one of the most rewarding day trips you can make from Dublin. The drive through the Wicklow Mountains is nothing but spectacular and the setting of Glendalough is fantastic.

Tranquil setting near lakes in secluded valley with good walking routes.

Kilmacurragh Arboretum, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow

Kilmacurragh Arboretum, about 5km off the N11. turn right just beyond the Beehive pub, is now managed by the National Botanic Gardens.

It is the remnants of a large estate planted 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 conifers and rhododendron collections.

Open Mid Nov - Mid Feb daily 09.00 - 16.00 / Mid Feb - Mid Nov daily 09.00 - 18.00 / Average Length of visit 1 hour.

Admission Free

1 hour Guided Tour 12.00 and 15.00 daily Free of charge!

Leaflet in English

Photography and Video is allowed with permission


Tel: 0404 48844 / +353 1 8570909

Facilities: Car park / public toilets

Wicklow Mountains National Park (The Education Centre), Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

The Information Office has hands-on exhibitions and a staff member to answer questions.

A series of way- Marked walking trails guides visitors on routes of 30 minutes to four hours. Some of these are wheelchair friendly.

Maps are sold in the Information Office.

The Education Centre is open Mon to Fri, throughout the year.

The Information Office is open seasonally: May - Sept daily 10.00 - 17.30 / Oct: Weekends only 10.00 - 17.30, or dusk if earlier / Nov - Jan: Weekends only 10.00 - 16.00 / Feb - Apr: Weekends only 10.00 - 17.00

Admission Free

The only toilets are those in the car park.

A shop in the car park sells chips, ice creams, etc.
Picnic tables are on the nearby lawns.

Please note barbeques are not permitted.

Tel Nos:
Education Centre +353-404-45656
Information Office +353-404-45425


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