Tour from Dublin
Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.
"Dear Chloe, I just wanted to say thank you for the recommendation. I absolutely loved Powerscourt, exactly my cup of tea! We had a fantastic time with Gavin today, such a gentleman and lunch at Wicklow Heather was delightful. All my best darling." - SP, Totteridge, England
After a leisurely breakfast, your morning begins outside your accommodation as your private driver- guide slides back the door of your private Mercedes- Benz tour vehicle and welcomes you on board. As you relax into the comfortable leather seats your driver will outline how to best approach the day ahead while taking local operational considerations into account.
Your journey south through Dublin city and suburbs into the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and Wicklow Mountains beyond will be approximately one hour. Sit back and soak up the vibe as the city gives way to rugged emerald landscapes and neat Irish villages.
Your first stop this morning is Glendalough – which means ‘The valley of the two lakes’ in the Irish language.
Glendalough is a hauntingly beautiful location. The valley features a waterfall which splits into two lakes and an ancient 6th century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin. The monastery ruins are amazing to explore with the remnants of chapels, stone towers and intricately carved stone Celtic crucifixes.
Take a short stroll to the Glendalough lakes (camera in hand – the landscapes are truly world-class) and breathe in the nature surrounding you. Keep a keen eye out for the abundant wildlife including Red and Sika deer, rabbits and hares, rural red foxes, the native Irish red squirrel and several species of bat.
It was here in the Glendalough Nature Reserve, close to the water's edge, that Vikings selected some of the ancient Irish oak for what would become the second largest Viking longship ever found. The "Skuldelev 2" was discovered in water off Denmark in 1962. Excavations and analysis of the building materials suggest that the boat was buit in Dublin over 1,000 years before, using oak from the spot where you are standing.
You will feel like you have crawled inside a picture-postcard of Ireland as we reach our next destination. The Sally Gap –located in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is a narrow crossing overlooking lush, green farmlands and unspoiled landscapes as far as the eye can see
The Sally Gap remains somewhat off the beaten trail for the vast majority of visitors. A well-kept secret waiting to be discovered!
Located beside the charming village of Enniskerry, just beyond the Dublin-Wicklow border, Powerscourt is a must-see when visiting the area. A historic estate, which sits on 47 acres of themed manicured gardens, Powerscourt has been voted by National Geographic as one of the world’s top-three gardens.
There is also a pretty good outlet and café operated by Avoca right here at Powerscourt Estate.
Take time to stroll through the gardens and explore everything that the estate has to offer. A short, five minute onward drive takes us as far as the Powerscourt Waterfall, a cascading waterfall situated amidst more beautiful scenery.
A short 45 minute drive will take us back to Dublin’s city center by 18:00 (approx.) where we will arrive in plenty of time to enjoy a toast to your day’s sightseeing before dinner.
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Our recommended 5 Star property in Dublin is The Merrion (Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2). The Garden Room & Terrace offers a relaxed experience on Spring & Summer evenings while The Cellar Bar is located in the original wine vaults where a cozy corner awaits in autumn and winter.
You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email immediately at time of booking. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.