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Derrybawn Mountain Lodge

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From £37.68/€44/A$73.09/US$47.57/CA$64.56/CHF42.10/SEK493.29/DKK327.97/NOK504.81/ISK6,579/ARS40,073.87/CLP45,993/PEN180.84/NZ$78.11/ZAR912.15/PLN189.84/R$236.50/CZK1,115.23/RSD5,156/HUF17,277.61/RUB4,352.60/CN¥342.39 (for 1 night, 2 adults)

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Derrybawn Mountain Lodge: Glendalough lakes (photo added by manager on 22/11/2018)

General

  • Mountain refuge in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Five minutes' drive from Glendalough and 40 from Dublin outskirts
  • A 15-minute drive from the highest pub in Ireland

A mountain lodge on the edge of a scenic mountain range, close to hikes, bikes, stately piles and city streets… all that and it’s eco friendly? If that’s ticking all the right boxes, then hurry along to Derrybawn Mountain Lodge, a five-minute drive from the village of Laragh, high in the Wicklow mountains.

The site’s on the edge of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, so expect plenty of hikes and bikes up scenic hills and through pretty vales – Derrybawn's on the old hiking trail from the coast to the monastic settlement at Glendalough. Or take the car out for a spin along the winding road that leads to the mountains’ peaks for spectacular views. And if neither mode of transport appeals? Hire a bike on site to get out on two wheels.

For a bit of history, an easy jaunt into Glendalough is a must: it’s a five-minute drive from base, but a day or two should definitely be devoted to walks around the lakes and foothills and a stroll through the medieval monastic settlement that the area is famous for. Once a thirst has been worked up, head to one of the pubs in the small village or back in Laragh for a pint.

After days of explores, settle in for quiet evenings back on site: spend some time in the games room before dinner, then get stuck into sizzling up your evening eats in the cooking area.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

A charge of €10.00 (£8.72) applies for the use of the shower.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

A cable measuring at least 20 metres is needed for the electric hook-ups.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.


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9.3

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Back to basics reset on life. Andrew was a fantastic, …28/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVictoria T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Mountainside Forest Basecamp non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Back to basics reset on life. Andrew was a fantastic, interesting and knowledgeable host. We felt very welcomed and he was full of top tips for days out and local dining. The site was peaceful and natural in a beautiful national park forest. The local hikes were stunning and the people super friendly. To see my 11 year old skipping with joy and leaving his phone to one side in favour of whittling was a joyful sight.

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    Nothing. If you go there knowing it’s a wild camping experience you won’t be disappointed.

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Amazing facilities and stunning remote area, grma!21/06/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatie Q.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Mountainside Forest Basecamp non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Had such an amazing stay. The isolated location was perfect for our country break from the city! Andrew was an extremely welcoming and helpful host… as we we came quite poorly prepared he told us of lots of hikes, swimming spots and opportunities in the local area. The campsite has its own well and the water was the nicest we’ve ever tasted. We were lucky to be the only people on the campsite and enjoyed a wholesome night by the campfire! We will definitely be returning in the future!

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    The only thing I will say, is if you want to experience Glendalough and Wicklow to its fullest you will need a car.

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Perfect if you want wild camping, with basic features of a campsite.06/06/2023

Reviewer's country: IrelandJennifer M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Mountainside Forest Basecamp non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Everything! We travelled as a group of x2 families with children. I feel like this is the closest you can get to wild camping, whilst still having the luxury of a guaranteed spot and a toilet! The surroundings are magical with so much to do - walks to Glendalough, swimming in nearby rivers, or just chilling in the beautiful & peaceful camp. If you want to glamp, this is not the best place for that. If you want an authentic camping experience (i.e close to nature), then this is the perfect place. You'll wake up to the sound of birds singing and hens clucking. Andrew was great with the kids, keeping them entertained - teaching them about nature, hunting for fresh eggs. The campsite backs onto the Wicklow way where you can walk directly to Glendalough, with magical views along the way.

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    Nothing

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Quirky - not your average campsite experience!05/06/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRoy C.Confirmed

  • Mountainside Forest Basecamp non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Eco feel, close to nature, very friendly host and not being on a crowded campsite.
    Great communication from Andrew

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    Pitch was a bit lumpy (but OK) and felt a bit "random".

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The location was perfect and so close to Glendalough. The …19/07/2022

Reviewer's country: IrelandAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Mountainside Forest Basecamp non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    The location was perfect and so close to Glendalough. The host was brilliant and couldn’t have been more welcoming.

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    The land itself has so much potential would love to see it transformed to what could be an amazing destination stay

From the manager...

Derrybawn Mountain is a forest floor, nature-based pitch, and has no plans to open a commercial campsite.
There is a lovely commercial campsite (400 pitches) in Rathdrum, with excellent facilities.

For mountain access, forest experience, and trekking from doorstep, visit us any time.

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Friendly informative staff with knowledge of the local area and …21/03/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRobert H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Mountainside Forest Basecamp non-electric forest floor tent pitch
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    Friendly informative staff with knowledge of the local area and visitor's attractions. Relaxed atmosphere with a Bohemian vibe. Basic facilities but no surprises, all details were available during the booking process.

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Features

Coronavirus

More frequent emptying of bins

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Pétanque

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Vineyard

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Old Military Road, Cullentragh Big, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow, Republic of Ireland, A67 PW61
  • Timezone Europe/Dublin +0000 (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.9915°N 6.3100°W

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Local attractions

If you’ve not had enough hiking locally, don’t worry – there’s plenty more not far away. Avondale House and Forest Park (15 minutes’ drive), the waterfalls at Devil’s Glen (20 minutes) and Powerscourt Waterfall (half an hour) are all popular picks, and the Bray-Greystones cliff walk is about 40 minutes away. Seaside day without the hike? Brittas Bay beach (35 minutes) has several kilometres of sand and dunes to scramble about in.

For a change of activity, aim for Clara Lara Funpark (five minutes) for waterslides, obstacle courses, canoeing and ziplining, or take fishing kit up to Blessington Lakes (35 minutes). Or, to dial the pace down a little, perhaps plan wanders among the plants at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens (20 minutes) or Mount Usher Gardens (25 minutes), or take a walk around Vartry Reservoir (15 minutes) to earn yourself a pint at the highest pub in Ireland.

Time for some bright lights, big city action? Stop off for pics at Ireland’s answer to the Hollywood sign in, yes, Hollywood (half an hour), then grab a spot at the Carrickmines park and ride (35 minutes) for easy outings to the centre of Dublin by public transport.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  12:30 p.m.

Derrybawn Mountain Lodge cancellation policy

No refunds within 5 days of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Derrybawn Mountain Lodge will debit the balance from your card 10 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 10 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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  • Does Derrybawn Mountain Lodge have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Derrybawn Mountain Lodge dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Derrybawn Mountain Lodge? If you’ve not had enough hiking locally, don’t worry – there’s plenty more not far away. Avondale House and Forest Park (15 minutes’ drive), the waterfalls at Devil’s Glen (20 minutes) and … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Derrybawn Mountain Lodge?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  12:30 p.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Derrybawn Mountain Lodge? From £37.64 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.

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