"Rathdrum" Ireland Off The Beaten Path Tip by lbhspatriot

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Rathdrum is situated in the heart of Wicklow which makes it a perfect place to stay and explore the garden county, it is close to Glengalough, Avoca and the Wicklow Gap. Since it is situated high on the western side of the beautiful Avonmore Valley, it also offers the tourist majestic views of the River Avonmore, which flows through the Vale of Clara. The topography of this area makes it perfect for hiking.
Rathdrum seems a quiet forgotten town, with 60's climate and nothing going on. But it is a town with wonderfull greenery and foremost warm and welcoming locals. Since Rathdrum was the birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history visitors are introduced to Avondale House and Forest, which is excellent for both history lovers and family gatherings (great for picnics). In the town there is also the Parnell National Memorial Park.
So... If you have some free time while in Wicklow visit Rathdrum!

Rathdrum is accessible both by Bus (133) and the rail. I recommend taking the train since it is much faster, more frequent and definately more comfortable. You can also visit Avondale as a part of Wicklow tour.

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  • Written Dec 30, 2008
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