Clara Lara and Greenan Farm Museum and Maze are approximately ten minutes in either direction from Glenmalure Pines. The fantastic beaches of Brittas bay are just twenty minutes away and Bray with Sea World and other attractions is thirty minutes. The cabin has satellite television with kids’ channels for those early mornings and a small DVD library.
There is also Diamond Bowl and Kidzone in Wicklow Town and a 9 screen Gaiety Cinema in Arklow, at the Bridgewater shopping centre.
Clara Lara is open daily from the start of May to the start of September each year from 10.30am – 6pm. Greenan Farm Museum and Maze is open daily in July and August, Tuesday to Sunday in May and June and Sundays only in September and October from 10am – 6pm.
Deck furniture seats six to stay home and barbecue.
There is a good selection of eating places within driving distance of Glenmalure PInes. Rathdrum has several pubs which do excellent food – try Jacob’s Well – and Bates restaurant. The Glenmalure Lodge is ten minutes by car along the valley.
Please note that Glenmalure Golf Club has now closed. However, here are golf courses in County Wicklow at (deep breath!):
Arklow, Baltinglass, Blainroe, Boystown, Bray, Charlesland, Coollattin, Delgany, Djouce, Druids Glen, The European, Glen Mill, Glen of the Downs, Greystones, Kilcoole, Millbrook, Old Conna, Powerscourt, Rathsallagh, Roundwood, Seafield, Slade Valley, Tulfarris, Vartry Lakes, Wicklow, Woodbrook and Woodenbridge.
Wicklow County provides the visitor with 1,250 square kilometres of really beautiful nature to be explored. Of this, approximately 320 square kilometres are over the 1,000m (3,281ft) altitude. Miles of old coach roads, disused military supply lines, old bog roads, nature trails, clean sandy strands, world class heritage gardens and mountain paths used by medieval monks. En route are deserted settlements, forts, a varied flora, rare mountain birds and lots of wildlife roaming free.
Most of the area is dedicated National Park, County Wicklow is the garden of Ireland, with its valleys, forests, mountains and waterfalls.
On any fine day or even for a long walk along its 3 miles of beaches, Brittas Bay always proves a firm favourite. It is well worth a visit and is 20 minutes by car from Glenmalure Pines. Don’t forget to stop in Jack White’s Pub (Ireland’s most famous), just ask anybody why, the notorious Black Widow might ring a bell or two!
If this proves too much, Dublin city centre is an hour by train, tram or car.
Locally, Avoca (Ballykissangel), Powerscourt and Enniskerry, Glendalough, the Wicklow and Sally Gaps are all well worth a visit.