Frequently Asked Questions

Tips & Tricks
For your Adventure

About the site

What should I bring? 

Sleeping bag/ blanket/duvet, pillow - if you wish. (we have a small number of all-weather sleeping bags available for hire if required)
Extra warm clothes/ Beanie hat/ water proofs.
Towel and something to swim in, should the weather be warm and the river inviting.
Personal basic first aid kit.
Midge/ insect repellent
Head torch/ torch
Hot water bottle (if required)

Phone charge/battery bank. 

You need to think about breakfast, lunch, evening meal and campfire snacks - Don't forget the marshmallows!! We can offer a catering package (e.g. evening meal/ BBQ and breakfast with teas and coffees). This will need to be booked in advance. Please contact Ed on 0877866734 for any details. If you want to cook yourselves, bring your camping gas cooker and utensils. It's always handy to have a small gas cooker and kettle for boiling water quickly for hot drinks or pot noodles! We also have bucket BBQs available for hire €10 
Drinking water. You need to bring your own supply or you can buy 5-litre containers in the Centra Supermarket in Rathdrum village.
Wood for burning, if you're thinking of lighting up a fire. Note that, collecting wood from the forest is not a viable option for the local fauna & flora and is therefore not allowed.  There are bags of logs available on site for €10 but must be pre-booked.
There are plenty of places to eat locally and some will actually deliver your order onsite!

How do we get there?

Have a look at this Google Map link, it should bring you right to our gate. A67A294

What amenities / facilities do you offer?

Accommodation in our Tipis, Tree Tents or Hammock & Pop Up Tents.
Catering facilities available (must be pre-booked).
On-site parking.
No electricity or running water.
Eco-friendly, modern, composting toilets.
Outdoor communal firepits with cooking area and log seating
Bucket BBQs available for hire including some charcoal for €10
There is a Centra supermarket in the village of Rathdrum for additional supplied (i.e. food, campfire treats etc..)

Can I come by public transport?

Train from Connolly station to Rathdrum then taxi from train station is a 7-8 minute drive. We often use Glendalough Taxis for taxi or minibus. There is no direct bus route but many busses go to Wicklow and you can transfer to Rathdrum or Glendalough which is also a short taxi ride from our site.

Can we book the whole site for a private function? 

Yes. Contact Ed for further information.


What are the check-in and check-out times? 

Check in from 2pm and check out is 12.30. Please note our gates are locked at 9pm.

Anything special I should pack for the children?

Make sure you have enough spare warm clothes, especially for night time. The children are usually happy to have free play when the weather is good, making mud pies, roasting marshmallows or having a paddle in the river with their parents – so the appropriate clothing is what’s most important. For the evening or if the weather is not so good, some books or board games are great to have for a family night in the tipi. If they play an instrument, why not bring it along for the sing-song around the camp fire.

What  can we do once we get there?

There are plenty of things to do once you get here. We have a beautiful loop walk around the site which will bring you through the forest and along by the river then up to our tree tent and hammock camping area. This spot was used to film scenes from the popular TV series, Vikings, who left behind some beautiful tree carvings.

The pebble beach is very popular to sit and while away some time, listening to the sounds of nature all around. If you are feeling a bit adventurous and weather permitting, you may even enjoy a dip in the Avonmore river.

The site is situated in a privately owned woodland, exclusively used by Tipi Adventures, ensuring an uninterrupted nature experience, away from our ‘busy’ world. The minute you step foot into the grounds, you will be struck by the natural beauty of the area and an aura of peace will descend upon you. Our wilderness site is perfect for those who want to get back to nature, take time out from our busy lives and have a real grounding experience.

We also offer a variety of courses, workshops & activities. Click here for more info

Is there on site parking?

Yes, free Private on site parking is available.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that last minute cancellations are not a thing we enjoy. Refer to the terms and conditions to find out more about refunds and cancellations. 

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Hints & tips

  • On entering your tipi, you will be shown how to operate the top hat as part of the ventilation system and the options you have with the door. Take off your shoes once you enter the tipi and place them inside the door.
  • When opening the zip, open it fully to avoid catching your hair or clothing in the zipper. Please ensure that the material does not get caught when opening and closing the zip. To tie back the
    fly screen or the main door, use a simple knot like a bow for easy tying and untying.
  • Inside the tipi, avoid having anything leaning against the outer skin of the tipi as this can cause water or dampness to seep through.
  • Do not push or pull on the centre pole - remember this is the only support holding up your tipi!
  • Traditionally, people sleep with their feet meeting in the centre with no airbeds, however you can lay the airbeds out to your own requirements.
  • It is important that the entrance is not blocked by anyone sleeping in front of it.
  • You can eat snacks inside your tipi but I suggest you clean up afterwards; you don't want to unnecessarily attract creepy crawlies in to enjoy a food feast on your floor!
  • Rubbish: We ask all our guests to dispose of all their rubbish properly in the designated areas. We have both recycling & non-recycling bins. We kindly ask guests to please dispose of their empty bottles to the nearest bottle bank in Rathdrum. 
  • Noise Disturbance: We don't want to stop you having a good time, but please remember your tipi neighbours and other guests staying in the park. We have a no noise rule from 9pm, lights out by 11pm and all fires completely doused by 12. 
  • Please Note: Strictly no smoking, cooking, use of candles or any naked flame inside the tipis.
  • Although we love animals, there are No Pets allowed inside the tipis.
  • Please take care when staying in your Tipi. You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the tipi or equipment. We ask that you do report any incidents when they occur.
  • We hope you enjoy your stay with Tipi Adventures. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to
    ask one of our staff.


A piece of paradise,
on our doorstep!

Great day with the family in the Wicklow woodlands. The views are stunning and the surroundings very relaxing. The boys 11 and 9 loved it and learned so much from Ed and Matthew who were not only very patient with the kids they made learning fun. It was very enjoyable day and I would highly recommend families to experience this beautiful part of Ireland. We will definitely go for a second visit this summer.

Tamara, June 2019