Housed within the West Wing at Russborough House, the Garden
Apartment, like the Beit Residence, echoes the opulence and
grandeur of the main house. This house enjoys a spectacular setting
with magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow
Mountains beyond. It was in the West Wing that Sir Alfred and Lady
Beit lived the final years of their lives.
Each apartment is exceptional and is representative of the way
life was lived here. Beit family photographs, reminiscent of life
at Russborough, adorn the drawing rooms. A rich sense of history
and craftsmanship can be felt in the specially commissioned Spanish
rugs spread throughout the Beit Residence.
Sir Alfred and Lady Beit bought Russborough House in 1952,
chiefly to hold their art collection and spent many years restoring
this truly magnificent Palladian style house. In 1976, Sir Alfred
and Lady Beit generously gifted the house and the renowned art
collection to the people of Ireland by establishing the Alfred Beit
Foundation. It was at this time that they relocated to live
full-time in the West Wing until 2005. Russborough House opened to
the public in 1978, and it is lavishly furnished with fine
furniture, tapestries, porcelain and silver.
At Beit Residence ...
TULFARRIS GOLF CLUB
Tularris Golf Course, home to the 2000 Irish Seniors Open, is an
18-hole championship golf course, designed by Ireland's renowned
golf course architect, Patrick J. Merrigan. The natural landscape
blends into the design of the course that is set on three
peninsulas overlooking Blessington Lakes.
Address: Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Blessington Lakes, Co.
BLESSINGTON LAKES GOLF CLUB
Blessington Lakes Golf Club is a 9-hole course set in the
panoramic setting of Boystown in the heart of the Wicklow
countryside. Enjoy a pleasant game of golf in a location
where you can relax and enjoy the picturesque views of
the Blessington Lakes and stunning Wicklow Mountains
Address: Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Blessington,
RATHSALLAGH GOLF CLUB
Rathsallagh Golf Club is set in 250 acres of parkland and was
recently rated in the top 30 courses in Ireland by John Redmond in
his book Ireland's Finest Golf Courses. The clubhouse
overlooks the 9th, 10th and 18th
holes and serves excellent food and drink.
Address: Rathsallagh House Hotel and Golf Club, Dunlavin, Co.
GLENDALOUGH HERMITAGE CENTRE AND WALKS
The Glendalough Valley was carved out by glaciers during the Ice
Age and the two lakes, from which Glendalough gets its name, were
formed when the ice eventually thawed. The Valley is home to one of
Ireland's most important monastic sites founded by St. Kevin in the
6th Century with a round tower, 12th century Romanesque
Priest's House, 11th and 12th century
cathedral and a 6th or 7th century granite
Situated in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the area is a
haven for wildlife and there is a rich selection of flora and fauna
and beautiful walks.
The remains of the Glendalough and Glendasan Mines can also be
found here both inside and outside the Park.
Address: Glendalough, Laragh, Co. Wicklow
Telephone: 0404 45600
CLARA LARA FUN PARK
Clara Lara Fun park is an outstanding outdoor adventure
park. It is a unique park dedicated to providing healthy and
creative fun for families and groups of children. There is a picnic
restaurant serving burgers, chips, sandwiches, ice cream, teas and
coffee etc. and a small shop. There are also extensive picnic
areas and you are welcome to bring your own picnics.
The fun park is seasonal so please telephone for opening
Address: Clara Lara Fun Park, Vale of Clara, Rathdrum, Co.
GREENAN FARM MUSEUM AND MAZE
Greenan Farm Museum and Maze is situated in the midst of
the Wicklow Mountains at the foot of the beautiful Glenmalure
Valley. Greenan Farm is a working farm with pigs, horses, donkeys,
lambs, chicks and more, and has plenty of other attractions
including a garden maze, a C16th farmhouse, a farm museum, bottle
museum, sculptures, nature trail, craft shop and tea
rooms. There is also a nature walk by a stream down to the
dragonfly ponds where an abundance of wildlife can be enjoyed.
Open: 10.00am to 6.00pm
May/June: Tuesday to
July/August: 7 Days
Easter Weekend and Bank Holiday Mondays in May/June.
Address: Greenan Farm Museum & Maze, Greenan, Rathdrum, Co.
STONEBROOK PET FARM
Stonebrook Pet Farm is in the picturesque setting of the River
Liffey valley and is an ideal spot for a family day out. At
Stonebrook Pet Farm you can meet and pet and even feed some very
friendly baby animals. There are also two rare kune-kune pigs who
are also part of the petting menagerie and along with Bertie, the
pygmy goat, have joined the farm from Dublin Zoo. There are
also baby chicks, ducklings and goslings to see. A café
serves tea and coffee and there is a large safe play area with
views over the farmland.
The pet farm is seasonal so please telephone for opening
Address: Stonebrook Pet Farm, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare
AVON RI RESORT - LEISURE CENTRE AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Avon Rí has a wide range of indoor and outdoor leisure
activities for you to discover during your time in the Wicklow
countryside. Indoors there is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi
with beautiful views over the Blessington Lakes, a sauna and steam
room, and a comprehensively equipped gym. Outdoor activities
divide into water-based and land-based, and an experienced outdoor
activity team is on hand to teach, set-up and co-ordinate all
levels ofparticipation. Activities include kayaking, sailing,
windsurfing, fishing, power boat training, clay pigeon shooting,
archery, air rifle shooting, segway, orienteering, hill walking,
mountain biking, tennis and football.
A daily pass is available for purchase for the swimming pool and
Pool and gym opening hours are as follows:-
Monday - Thursday: 7.00am to
Friday: 7.00am to 8.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Please telephone the resort to arrange one of the outdoor
Address: Avon Ri Resort, Burgage, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
WALKING THE WICKLOW WAY
Variety is the great characteristic of this route, which starts
in the Dublin suburbs, climbs into the foothills of the Wicklow
Mountains, and switches from glen to glen through dramatic
mountains to Aghavannagh. Views of Luggala, Glendalough and
wild Glenmalure eventually give way to lower ground, with sheltered
farms and tillage land. The stonewalled stronghold of
Rathgall, said to be the residence of the Kings of Leinster, and
the Mill of Purgatory - a cupboard in Aghowle Church - are amongst
the many places of historic interest. Useful reading material
while walking in Ireland is 'Way Marked Trails of Ireland' by
Address: Wicklow County Buildings, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow
Telephone: 0404 67324
Route Detail: Marlay Park, Knockree, Roundwood, Laragh,
Glenmalure, Ballygobban Hill, Tinahely, Clonegal
Total Distance: 132km / 82 miles
Longest Stage: Knockree to Roundwood - 22km / 13.5 miles
Highest point: White Hill - 630m / 2073ft
Maps and Guidebooks: The Wicklow Way Map Guide, The Complete
Wicklow Way - J B Malone
Ordnance Survey Maps: numbers 50, 56, 62
ST KEVIN'S WAY
St Kevin's Way follows in the footsteps of St Kevin through the
hills of County Wicklow to the haunting and mysterious valley of
Glendalough where he stayed for the rest of his life in solitary
prayer and contemplation.
Total Distance: 30 kilometres (18 miles)
Ordnance Survey Map: Discovery Series Sheet 56
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