Punchestown Racecourse – 2013 Festival 23rd to 27th April
The national centre for equestrian and field sports is one of the best equipped in the world and provides facilities for every discipline of horsemanship, and at every level of experience. It also hosts one of Ireland’s best-known National Hunt race festivals and has race meetings on a regular basis. 15 to 20 minutes from Rathsallagh.
Glendalough (The Glen of the Two Lakes), a half hour drive away, is a valley celebrated equally for its beauty and for its historical and archaeological interest. The area also provides excellent rock-climbing, rough scrambling and ordinary hill walking. A visitor centre, located at the mouth of the valley, provides a unique opportunity to interpret the lives and time of the monks of Glendalough. 20 min drive from Rathsallagh.
Situated beside the Blessington Lakes, a short distance from Dunlavin, this beautifully furnished and maintained house built of granite is in the Palladian style. It has fine examples of plasterwork by the Francini Brothers and now houses the world famous Beit Art Collection of paintings. The house also contains magnificent displays of silver, bronzes, porcelain, fine furniture, tapestries and carpets. 20 min drive from Rathsallagh. Open every day from the 1st May to the 30th Septemebr 2008
In 1148 Dermot Mac Murrough brought Cistercian monks here from Mellifont to found a new monastery in Baltinglass. It has been caught up in many religious disputes over the centuries and is steeped in history. The visitor centre has relics from the monastery as well as historical information. 15 min drive from Rathsallagh.
Walking in the Wicklow Mountains
These mountains have some of the most breathtaking and rugged scenery in Ireland. Lugnaquilla mountain (3,039 feet), the second highest in Ireland is part of it, as is the Hollywood Glen which stretches for about 1.5 miles (2km) between Church Mountain (1,789 feet) and lesser hills to the west. The glen is traditionally associated with St. Kevin, who is said to have had his first hermitage here. There are fine panoramic views from the summit of Church Mountain. 20 min drive from Rathsallagh. We can arrange your own personal guide for the day who will have an extensive knowledge of the local flora fauna and history of the Wicklow Mountains.
The Blessington Lakes are owned by the Electricity Supply Board and are a renowned beauty spot, only 15 minutes from Rathsallagh. Coarse angling is available with abundant stocks of roach, perch and specimen pike being caught. There is also brown trout angling. The E.S.B. Fisheries Conservation, Hydro Group, Ardnacrusha, Co. Limerick regulate fishing on the lakes.
There are also dozens of rivers and lakes in the surrounding area mainly containing brown & sea trout, salmon, pike, perch and the occasional roach and rainbow trout.
The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
See the Irish horse industry in action at the National Stud, set very close to the world famous Curragh racecourse, – right in the heart of horse country. The complex also includes the Japanese gardens, an amazing display of exotic plants and garden displays just 20 minutes from Rathsallagh. Why not visit the Kildare Village ( just 5 minutes from the Stud) afterwards for lunch and some great gift ideas.
There are dozens of equestrian centres in close proximity to Rathsallagh, where you can enjoy treks around the local area. Details and brochures are available from the reception area of the House.
Set right in the heart of the Curragh, Ireland’s horse country and the home of the world famous Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and other important race meetings, this recently renovated complex is an ideal way to spend a day with the family .15 to 20 minutes from Rathsallagh.
Kildare Retail Village
Enjoy the luxury of spending less at Kildare Village shopping outlet , less than 30 minutes form Rathsallagh, Calvin Klein Jeans, Le Creuset, Karen Millen, Nike, Molton Brown, Villeroy & Bosh, and much more .
Kippure Estate Wicklow Ireland
Superb Mountain setting, multi activity walking and hiking center. team builidng events and corproate entertainment.