The Avoca River situated in County Wicklow is a river that starts its life as two - the Avonmore and the Avonbeg - these joined together at The Meeting of the Waters. This is the Vale of Avoca a spot known by the locals and many tourists for its charm and is considered as a beauty spot for poets and lovers.
An old song by Thomas Moore says:
“There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet,
As the vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet;
Oh, the last rays of feeling and life must depart,
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.”
Moore is said to write this song underneath a tree located next to the spot where two rivers form one. Now a Pub overlooks the rivers, where you can sit down and enjoy an amazing view of nature and old copper mines in the distance (these are very interesting and nothing as I seen before). Only two miles from this place is the town of Avoca where Avoca Handweavers have their shop of handmade goods. So if you are in Wicklow (even only passing by) and you are a nature lover (gotta by if you visit Wicklow) stop at the Meeting of the Waters. This location is worth your time.
Avoca ss a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is situated on the River Avoca where it got its name from. Today it is mainly know for the Avoca Handweavers company (store and restaurant) as well as for the oldest working woollen mill in Ireland located in its beautiful surroundings (known today as Ballykissangel). The village itself is a quiet and peacefull place perfect to tour on foot on a sunny afternoon. It is a good place to visit when in County Wicklow (can do a combined tour with Avondale and Arklow), it is only to miles away from the famoun Meeting of the Waters (where rivers Avonmore and Avonbeg cross). Nice places to visit on a summer day, for those who want to explore the Garden County (as Wicklow is called).
Lots of things to do here even if it's a rainy day.
We went around the gardens you can choose one of two routes, we spent far longer the the routes time as it was so beautiful.
In the house, there is a restuarant, and a cafe and tiny shops with furniture and gifts galore.
The beautiful little town Avoca is our destination to visit the oldest mills in Ireland. The area is just beautiful, as you will pass by the green lush of forest, lakes, ruins and the yellow land will attract your attention before you reach the mills. The weaving factory produces variety of throw, scarf, sweater, etc and they do accept worldwide delivery. I just love the shop!! They have a lot of cute things, and if you can’t get enough of the good food provided in the café, you can buy Avoca Café Cookbok, available for sell.
Great place, tiny town where the show Ballykissangel series was filmed. You can go into the weavers and choose your yarn and watch your item being woven. Bought lots of Irish scarves to take home for one of a kind gifts. Wish I would have bought more. Adorable little town but kind of touristy. But that's ok, too.
Glendalough can easily be combined with a daytrip to beautiful Avoca.
If you take this route yourself I reccommend that you stop for refreshments at Irelands highest pub...Johnnie Foxes...located near Blessington Lakes...which are also very special....will you hear the church bell?!?!
Very green and beautiful mountainy scenery around - has been the location for the drama serie calle Ballykissangel - has a great pub The Fitzeralds and a nice fish and cheaps near the bridge
Dont forget to visit Avoca. The location for BallyKissangel.
Easily reckognised and as quaint as it looks on the TV.