Journey to the Glendalough monastic site for wonderful walks and learn all about it’s history in the visitors centre.
Afterwards travel up over the Wicklow Gap R756 then turn right onto the R758 and take in the Blessington lakes before heading back across to the Sally Gap R759, then turn right onto the R115 and take in Glenmacness waterfall on the way home.
Head to Roundwood the highest village in Ireland, take a left towards the Sally Gap R759 taking in Victoria’s way on route. At Sally’s Gap take a right for Glencree on the R115, enjoy panoramic views of Dublin City as you proceed to the junction with the R116 where you will turn left and head for Glencullen and the famous “Johnnie Fox’s Pub” where you can enjoy a great seafood lunch.
Afterwards head for Enniskerry and take in the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfalls.
Drive to Greystones and take the Cliff Walk to Bray with breath-taking views across the Irish sea. Walk takes approx. 3 hours. Alternatively take the DART train for all the views without the work. In Bray enjoy the Victorian promenade and its attractions before taking the Dart back to Greystones to collect your car.
Note: Trains between Greystones and Bray travel every half hour approx. until 11pm. Ample free car-parking can be found just before the station in Greystones.
Head to Ashford and the award winning Mount Usher Gardens, enjoy lunch in the Avoca Café before heading onto The National Garden Exhibition Centre where you can ramble through over 40 gardens all with different styles and plants.
Drive to Avoca and take in the Avoca Hand Weavers before walking to the village and set of “Ballykissangel”. Then walk from Avoca to the Meetings of the waters passing the old copper mines on route. The walk takes about 3 hours, tour guides and return bus can be organised through http://avocadaytour.ie/.
Travel to the nearby Kilmacurragh Arboretum (Free entry) for wonderful walks around the estate and gardens.
Afterwards head for Avondale House (Home of Charles Stewart Parnell) and have a picnic under the ancient trees before taking a stroll along one of the forest walks.
Cycle from the Sally Gap to Rathdrum and enjoy Glenmacness waterfall, Glendalough, and Laragh on route. The cycle is mostly downhill and transfers to the top along with cycle hire can be organised through Hidden Valley Holiday Park. Tel : (0404)46080.
Travel to Greystones and take the DART train to Dublin City Centre. Get off at Pearse St Station (located at the back of Trinity College). Hop on an open top tour bus in front of Trinity College and travel around the city taking in the Guinness Brewery, Trinity College, The Jameson distillery, churches and Museums. Enjoy shopping on Grafton and Henry Street and have lunch in Temple Bar. Take the train back to Greystones and collect your car.
Note: Trains between Greystones and Dublin travel every half hour approx.. until 11pm. Ample free car-parking can be found just before the station in Greystones.
Travel to Greenan near Rathdrum and take in the Greenan Museum and Maze, then head for Glenmalure and enjoy a lovely lunch in the Glenmalure Lodge before heading for Glenmalure valley and waterfall and it’s many walks.
If you have time take the scenic drive to Aghavannagh and back to Macreddin village before heading for home via Aughrim a national tidy town winner.
Head for Brittas Bay and enjoy a stroll on one of Ireland’s best beaches.
Afterwards take the coastal road to Wicklow where you will find the Wicklow gaol. Take a tour and learn about the Gaol’s history and the life of the prisoners.
Travel across to Tinahely where you will find the recently opened railway walk.
Afterwards head for Shillelagh R749 where you take a right for Tullow R725. On route you will come across Rathwood where you can enjoy lunch, shopping and walks. Don’t forget to call to the Chocolate factory.
Take a day trip to the Medieval city of Kilkenny and take in the castle before rambling around the ancient streets. (1 hour 40 minutes drive from Redcross).
Take the coastal road to Wexford for a country shopping experience. On the way back call into the Irish National Heritage Centre on the N11 for a journey back through time. (1 hour drive from Redcross).
For Shopping and Cinemas we recommend
- Bridgewater shopping Centre in Arklow.
- Dundrum Town Centre (south side of Dublin)