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Splendour of Wicklow Day Tour

    Tour Operator: Darby O'Gill     6 hours     Travel method: Bus     Region: Dublin

Seize an ancient escape to Glendalough and Avoca on our day tour from Dublin to the Garden of Ireland…

Take a walk on the Wicklow side of life and get a true taste of the Irish wilderness in the “Garden of Ireland” on our day tour direct from Dublin City to mythical & magical Glendalough and Avoca in the Wicklow Mountains.

Tour Highlights
  • Day tour to county Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland”
  • Historic Glendalough, one of the most visited attractions in Ireland
  • Spectacular scenes high in the Wicklow Mountains
  • Photo opportunity at the “Guinness Lake”, Lough Tay
  • Photo opportunity at the PS, I Love You bridge
  • Visit Avoca village, home of the famous Woollen Mills
  • Treat yourself at the Avoca café

First impressions can sometimes tell a story before you even begin to explore. An absorbing portrait of unparalleled beauty, the ruins and remains of an ancient city and a garden in a garden! Drink in the views and sense a feeling of discovery in the midst of the Wicklow Mountains.

See for yourself the splendour of Wicklow with Darby O’Gill day tours from Dublin city centre. Start your journey in comfort and style on board our luxury coach. Relax and switch on our free Wi-Fi while we whisk you away to the Garden of Ireland.

The sights and sounds of the city left behind, mesmerising views come to the fore – dramatic mountains, rugged peaks, steep valleys and forest trails. Our first port of call is a lake called Lough Tay. Edged with a beach of glistening white sand in contrast to its dark peaty water has earned it the title of “The Guinness Lake” owing to its striking similarity to Ireland’s most famous export!

From here at your own pace you can meander and soak up the views of this vast walkers’ paradise, also renowned for its bird-watching and abundance of wildlife. Travelling further along the Wicklow Way, you’ll come to “the valley of two lakes”, the ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough. This famous site was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and the most iconic landmark, the round tower is over 1000 years old. Enter the visitor centre and find out more about this ancient city of learning, refuge and pilgrimage before exploring the fascinating ruins of its churches, graveyard and monastery for yourself. You may find time to follow the path to the Upper Lake and see the essence of this early Christian settlement set against the natural magnificence of the glacial carved valley.

Leaving the valley, we continue through the incredible Wicklow countryside to the charming village of Avoca, the fictional home of the BBC’s “Ballykissangel”.

Avoca is also famous for its handweaving and is the birthplace of Avoca Handweavers and woollen mills. The working handweaving mill built on the banks of the Avoca River is said to date from 1723 and is the oldest extant manufacturer in Ireland.  The original whitewashed buildings of the old mill now house a large Avoca store with a selection of clothing, soft furnishing, gifts and food and a café.

Ease away the stresses of life in these picturesque surroundings and take the weight off your feet while savouring delicious food in the Avoca Café – where you’ll also find a sweet treat for the return trip to Dublin!

Pick-up Points: 

O'Connell Street (Gresham Hotel) 10:15

Abbey Street Lower (Opposite Wynnes Hotel) 10.20

Custom House Quay (Hilton Garden Inn) 10.30

Pembroke Road (Ballsbridge Hotel) 10.50

Simmonscourt Road (Cityscape Bus Stop) 10.55

Stillorgan Road (Dublin bus stop Radisson) 11.00

Stillorgan Road (Talbot Hotel) 11.03

Customers will be dropped off at O'Connell St Upper (Gresham Hotel)

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What is included

  • Fully guided live tour

  • Time to explore Glendalough

  • Photo opportunity at the “Guinness Lake”

  • Photo opportunity at the PS, I Love You bridge

  • Time to explore Avoca

  • Free WiFi on board

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