As you can see from the photos below there is a fantastic 360 degree view from the peak of Carrickgollogan, these woods are connected to both the Leadmines and the woods at Barnaslignan Lane. When you walk to the edge of Barnaslignan Wood you can see over the Scalp, which is another great view. Between the three sites, there are many Kilometres of trail routes to walk, as well as different historical dolmens to look at.

Hellfire Club
Killiney Hill


National Bird of Prey Centre

A visit to Russborough House in Wicklow is always enjoyable, this time, we chose to go to the National Bord of Prey Centre located there, and saw some of the over forty birds housed in the Centre. We got to see the end of one of the regular flight displays that the Centres Falconers demonstrate in the grounds of the House. Then we attended the incredibly informative Tour of the Centre and got to meet and hold some of the characters who live in the Falconry. On this occassion we got to a three year old Tawny Owl named Albert (bottom left), and we stroked a Little Owl named Gizmo (bottom right). The chap in the middle is six weeks old and we were not told what his/her name was. The National Bird of Prey Centre has been opened for just over a year now, and is worth visiting. Russborough House has something for everyone including, a Playground, Maze, Fairy Walk, House Tours, Walled Garden, Artisan Workshops, Cafe and a Shop.

If you are looking for something to do in Wicklow, I highly recommend a trip to Russborough House.


Russborough House

Yesterday we took a trip to the always interesting Russborough House in Wicklow. I have been here many times, but today was the first time that they allowed photography during the tour of the house. Our Guide Iris was an incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the House from the Mitford Sisters up to present day, including the four robberies that the Art Collection suffered over the years including the notorious Martin Cahill’s robbery too. There are so many things to do at Russborough House, from a Maze, walled garden, walks, playground, artisan shops and workshops, The National Bird of Prey Centre, as well as a Cafe. On some occasions, I have seen Polo Cross being played in the grounds of the house. If you are looking for a place to visit with either guests or your family, I think everyone will find something to enjoy at Russborough House.

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Wicklow Drive 

A friend of mine and I went for a drive around Wicklow today. We visited Lough Dan, Lough Tay and Lough Bray. We also paid a visit to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Recocilation, where we had a cup of tea and a sandwich. There was a short river walk with an interesting bridge, which was beckoning us to walk across it. When you are in Glencree, you really should visit the German Cemetry in Glencree, so we did that too. Thankfully the weather was lovely today, which made the whole day even more pleasant.

I have attached below some photos from the drive.

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