Glenmalure Valley, Waterfall & Lodge

Glenmalure Valley is the longest glacial valley in Ireland at around 16km and forms part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Just a 15 minute drive from your cosy glamping caravan, it offers great walking and hiking trails and is the most popular start to climb Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s highest Mountain. This remote and wild valley is the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life and the tour buses you find at other major attractions. You are off the beaten track, it is rugged, wild and completely unspoilt!

One of the highlights of the valley is Carawaystick Waterfall, a beautiful sight as it zigzags down through the cracks of the mountain to the valley floor where you will see Kellystown Cottage, a picture postcard white house with a red tin roof.

No trip to the valley is complete without a visit to The Glenmalure Lodge, a family run pub and restaurant complete with lots of old memorabilia, paying homage to the area’s rich and colourful history. A coaching inn since the 18th century, the lodge is as popular with locals as it is with visitors for its cosy open fires, great food and some of the best Guinness around.

  • Glamping top tip

    Glenmalure was the rugged heart of rebel Wicklow, famous for the O’Byrne Clan of 1580 and Michael Dwyer’s guerrillas of 1798. Make sure to look out for Dwyer’s Chair, a large outcrop of rock on the slope to the left of the Lodge. Michael Dwyer was made captain of the United Irishmen in 1798 and local stories are that he used the rock as a vantage point from which he viewed the comings and goings of soldiers in order to evade capture.