Introducing Vale of Avoca
One of the most scenic spots in the county is the Vale of Avoca, a darkly wooded valley that begins where the Rivers Avonbeg and Avonmore come together to form the River Avoca. Bearing the literal name the Meeting of the Waters, this watery junction was made famous by Thomas Moore's 1808 poem of the same name.
Here you'll also find a pub called the Meetings, which serves food (mains €11 to €17) and has music at weekends year-round. There are céilidh (traditional music and dancing sessions) between 4pm and 6pm Sunday, April to October. There's also a guesthouse attached (known as Robin's Nest) with decent, clean rooms (single/double €40/72). Buses to Avoca from Dublin stop at the Meetings, or you could walk from Avoca, 3km south of here.