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County Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland” offers spectacular scenery with its rolling hills, deep valleys, lakes, domed granite mountains and a coastline of picturesque bays.

Ballyknocken House is the ideal base for Wicklow walking holidays and Ireland hiking trips in Ireland and boasts Ireland’s famous hill-walking route, “The Wicklow Way”, close-by making it the perfect choice.

Enjoy a three night weekend walking break to explore the Wicklow Way on a self-guided walk with a hearty Ballyknocken Picnic taking in Glenmalure Valley and Glendalough and on the second day explore Carrick Forest & Mountain directly behind Ballyknocken House.

We are happy to provide Wicklow Walks maps, conveniently packaged in plastic, as well as an assortment of outerwear, boots and brollies available in the front porch. If you prefer a more gentle walk try the Devil’s Glen Sculpture Walk which is also close by and provides wonderful leisurely strolls and vistas

Just let us know what your requirement and we will assist you to have a safe, memorable experience here in the Garden of Ireland!

The peace and tranquility at Ballyknocken, our care and attention, homely log fires, gardens, wonderful walks and award winning breakfasts make us a popular choice for a holiday or a short break.

Ballyknocken House which has been specialising in Walking Holidays for over 30 years and we are pleased to offer both weekend and weekly walking packages:





Touring Wicklow

County Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland” offers breathtaking scenery of lakes, valleys, heather clad mountain and a wonderful coastline. Golf, walking, horse riding and sea or river fishing are just some of the holiday activities on offer in the area around Ballyknocken. Explore the many gardens of Wicklow, visit the historic and scenic 6th century monastic settlement of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful visitor destinations and only a 20 minute drive from Ballyknocken or enjoy a Ballyknocken picnic on Brittas Bay with its 5 miles of golden coastline, ideal for swimming.


If you want to explore further a field a day trip to Kilkenny Castle or Waterford Crsytal Visitor Centre are all within easy reach. You will find Ballyknocken is perfectly located on the doorstep of Dublin – ideal for all main airports and ferry ports and also for visiting the capital city for a day trip whilst enjoying a base in the countryside, which is what real Ireland is all about.


Please see below for some suggestions for day trips and outings from Ballyknocken and if you would like more information please contact us:

Golfing in Wicklow


Cooking in Wicklow