Visiting Baltinglass

What to see and do in Baltinglass, Ireland

Baltinglass makes the perfect place to take a quick trip outside of Dublin. Located a few miles away from the capital city of Ireland, the town of Baltinglass has nothing of the noise and agitation of the big city. It is a peaceful and picturesque rural town not too far from the Wicklow Mountains and standing on the banks of the River Stanley. Even though it is small, the town of Baltinglass has a lot to offer. You can see its main attraction point, the Neolithic passage tomb, towering above the main city hill and the ruins of a twelve-century Cistercian abbey, very close to the river. The town of Baltinglass has been noted in history since 1537 since the reign of Henry VIII, when the king of England decided to dissolute the small gathering of the houses there from the authority of the Abbey. However, the Cistercian Abbey existed there since 1148 and it contributed to the development of the entire region. Later on, due to a rebellion in the region, the town of Baltinglass was turned into a garrison town, however, only a couple of centuries later when the first railroads were built, Baltinglass has started functioning like the regular town it is today.

Getting to Baltinglass

Baltinglass is about 40 miles from Dublin, and easy to reach along the N81 road. The nearest ferry ports are of course Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, about 1 hours drive away, but you can also reach Baltinglass from the south, if you arrive at the Rosslare ferry port, which is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive.

Moving on from Baltinglass

As mentioned above, Baltinglass is close to Dublin, and can be reached in about 1 hour. Baltinglass is in County Wicklow, so you can also take a trip to the Wicklow mountains, and even on to Wicklow town on the coast. A nice "round trip" could be: Dublin to Baltinglass, then on to Wicklow Mountains, then to the coast at Wicklow town and north along the coast to Bray, and back to Dublin.

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