One of the main benefits of Glenmalure Pines is its seclusion. There is a train station in the local town, Rathdrum, but we really do not recommend that you stay without a car.
Signposting in Ireland is interesting but has been much improved around Rathdrum. The preferred local signposts are the “signs around a post” style which make perfect swings and therefore rarely point in the right direction. We would therefore recommend satnav.
Driving suggestion from Dublin Airport to:
12 Glenmalure Pines
Co. Wicklow A67 FT82
From Dublin airport follow signs to the M1, turn right at the roundabout above the M1 and take the M1 south towards Dublin. Stay in the left hand lane as you exit the M1 almost immediately.
Take the first exit signposted M50. Turn right at the roundabout and join the M50.
You now stay on the M50 right the way around Dublin. About half way round there is a toll which is €3.10. The toll is now freeflow so there are no barriers. To pay it you need to phone 1890 50 10 50 or pay at any Payzone outlet (see below).
The M50 joins the N11/M11.
Follow N11/M11 to just outside Wicklow. The turn that you require off the N11 is the R752, junction 16, which is signposted Wicklow and Rathnew. Go ahead at the roundabout as you leave the N11 and into Rathnew. At the roundabout in Rathnew (just after the petrol station) turn right, signposted Rathdrum. Stay on this road through Glenealy and into Rathdrum.
As you approach Rathdrum, you will see the church on the top of the hill. Take the right fork just before the Campus garage and up the hill to the church. At the T-junction at the top of the hill turn left and up the main street in Rathdrum.
Immediately after the main square (car park), turn right up the hill. As you go up the hill, you will see Flemings on your right which is a Payzone outlet. Keep up this hill until the road forks, take the left fork. Keep going until you pass the 80kmh signs and then turn right into an unmarked road. Keep on this road until it comes to a T-junction, it is a very narrow road so you will think you have gone the wrong way!
Turn left at the T-junction down the hill and the golf club is on your right. Turn into the golf club, go past the club house and stay on the top road through the log cabins. You will pass a cabin on your left with little conifers around it, turn into the parking bay immediately after this. You will be at top of the steps leading down to no. 12 (it is the right hand set of steps). Enjoy your stay!