A Bronze Age circle known as The Piper Stones, lie a short way to the south of Hollywood on the main road. 3000 year old markings on the main stone form a compass thought to be used as a calendar for pagan rituals. The site is signposted.
photo Leslie Noelle Sullivan
There is a fine and lavishly furnished mid-18th century Palladian Mansion open to the public near Blessington. Russborough House is also home to a magnificent collection of paintings, and there is a fabulous beach hedge maze in the extensive gardens, and much else worth seeing making it one of top attractions in Ireland’s Ancient East.
There is a lovely walk – The Greenway - that takes you from the demesne to Blessington weaving its way along the shores of the lakes. It takes about an hour and a half.
The Blessington Lakes are in fact one artificial reservoir of about 500 acres caused by a hydro-electric dam across the River Liffey as it flows on its convoluted way to Dublin City. The Poulaphouca Dam reservoir is the largest man-made lake in Ireland and is used for a variety outdoor activities.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin.
Dublin Airport – about one and a half an hours from the cottage
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about one and a half an hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also approx 2 and half hours from the cottage.