Local Areas Of Interest

Slí na Bandé is situated at 17 km from Glendalough, one of the most important site of monastic ruins in Ireland. The Glendalough valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.  The visit of the monastic city’s ruins is free. The private company St Kevin’s bus runs a daily service Dublin/Glendalough. Check the St Kevin’s Bus timetable. More information about Glendalough on http://www.glendalough.ie/.

Glendalough

Glendalough Pictures

You might also enjoy your stay to go hiking in the beautiful Wicklow mountains and discover the national park. The Wicklow Mountains National Parkconsists in 20.000 hectares of upland mountains. The admission is free. The easiest way to get there is with a car. There is however a few public transports to Enniskerry, Rathdrum (Irish Rail/ Bus Eireann 133), Glendalough,   Blessington, Baltinglass.  More information on http://www.wicklowmountainsnationalpark.ie/.

Wicklow pictures:

The lakes Lough Dan and Lough Tay are located 10 km away from Slí na Bandé. More informations about the Loughs and the Sally Gap on http://www.visitwicklow.ie/attractions/sally_gap_lough_tay.htm.

Lough Dan

Slí na Bandé is located at 7 km of the nearest beach (Kilcoole), 10 km from Greystones and 18 km from Bray. You might want to enjoy your stay to see the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk. You can get to Greystones and Bray with buses of the company Dublin bus. The coastal village of Newcastle (7km) also offers nice walking opportunities.

Bray to Greystones Cliffs Walk

Greystones pictures:

Ireland’s highest waterfall is at 20 km from Slí na Bandé. Entrance fee to Powerscourt Waterfall is 5€. You can get there taking a Bus to Enniskerry.

Powerscourt Waterfall

Waterfall pictures:

The River Glenmacnass flows across the highest mountain in western Wicklow, Mt. Mullaghcleevaun (848m/2,781 ft.).
There is a car park near the top of Glenmacnass Waterfall (25 km from Slí na Bandé), and a path to the falls. Admission is free.

Glenmacnass valley

Other sites and activities of interest are the Vartry Reservoir (8km), the spiritual sculpture park Victoria’s Way . Wicklow Way (7 km away from Slí na Bandé – open from April to September – admission fee 2.50€) and the , a 132 km hiking trail across the Wicklow mountains, from Clonegal to Marlay Park in Dublin.

The Ordnance Survey Of Ireland have compiled a list – Wonderful Wicklow Walks: OSi’s Top Picks

 

Victoria’s Way

India sculpture park pictures:

Kavanagh’s pub in Roundwood, Co.Wicklow
Video made by Kathleen Weir

 

Dublin is only 45 km away from Slí na Bandé by the N11. Eireann bus 133 deserves Dublin City Center (1 hour) and Dublin Airport (1’30 hour), directly from the Center of Newtownmountkennedy. You might enjoy your stay at Slí na Bandé to visit Dublin’s famous Guinness Storehouse and enjoy the architecture and nightlife of the Temple Bar area.

Dublin – Temple Bar

The fishing and yatching port of Howth (70km from Slí na Bandé) is accessible by DART. The Howth Sunday fishermans and farmers market (10am to 5pm) is located on the dockside, a few minutes away from the DART station, and it makes a great starting point for hikers interested to walk the Howth peninsula.

Howth Harbour

An other local area of interest is the Wicklow Historic Goal, at only 18km from where we are. The Wicklow Historic Goal is open all year from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the admission fee is 7.30€.

The forest and hills bordering Slí na Bandé also offers ample walking opportunities.

Forest and hill walking

Forest walk

Possible activities in the neighbourhood include hiking, golfing, horseback riding, fishing, etc.

 

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