Although Enniskerry is a 4.5km detour from the Wicklow Way, it has plenty of attractions to make the trip worthwhile. An extra day is worth considering in order to visit the Powerscourt Estate. This was ranked 3rd in the Top Ten Gardens of the World by National Geographic in 2014. Avoca Handweavers also has a shopping outlet within Powerscourt House.
The centre of the village has it's own charm with a collection of interesting shops, art gallery and cafés. The Enniskerry Inn is located right in the heart of it all.
The Enniskerry Inn was bought in 2015 by the Lawlor family and they have converted the upper floor into accommodation quarters. There are currently five bedrooms, each with an ensuite.
Once having checked in, there is a separate entrance at the side of the building which allows guests to come and go freely without having to pass through the pub itself.
Breakfast is served downstairs, in the pub, before it is opened to the general public. There is flexibility with the price of the room as to whether breakfast is included or not.
The Enniskerry Inn is essentially a gastro pub as there is a heavy emphasis is placed on their food fare. Check their Menu here for a brief sample. Evening meals are served up until 9.30pm in the Summer and 9.00pm in Winter.
The bar stocks several craft beers from Irish breweries, including beers from Franciscan Well and Wicklow Wolf. Included amongst the extensive range of Irish Whiskeys are the range of spirits from the Glendalough Distillery. A Cocktail Menu is also available at the bar, with drinks made to order with fresh ingredients.
There is live entertainment at the Enniskerry Inn on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. There are also several TVs around the pub which show all the main football and rugby matches. There is an enclosed beer garden to the rear of the pub.
As a break from the Wicklow Way, there are several alternative activities which the Enniskerry Inn can help you arrange. Fat Bike Adventures have a unique off-road cycling tours around Wicklow. The extra-wide bicyle tyres opens up access to cycling on a multitude of terrains including on beaches.
There are also frequent classes held at the Schoolhouse for Art. This is across the road from the Enniskerry Inn and is run by local artist Neil Condron. Knocksink Wood is situated just outside the village and the National Parks and Wildlife Service occasionally have weekend family events on here.
Dublin Bus route 44 provides frequent links from Enniskerry directly to Dublin City Centre. Route 185 also links the train line in Bray through the village and on to Shop River, which is around 2km away from the Wicklow Way at Curtlestown Wood.