Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin
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Stop At: The Mill at Avoca Village, Millmount Mills, Avoca Ireland
Upon arrival at Arklow, we proceed to Avoca, sometimes known as Ballykissangel because of the successful BBC television series of the same name. This pretty little village is home of Avoca Handweavers (the oldest hand weaving mill in Ireland… since 1723) where you can watch the weavers at work. We recommend that you explore the village starting at the Avoca Handweavers, where there are excellent restaurant and shopping facilities. There is plenty of time to explore the village and we recommend that you have lunch here, as there will not be enough time to do so at our second stop – Glendalough.
Your host will give instructions on the time of departure from Ballykissangel and we ask that you return back to the coach by the time directed by your host.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Ireland
Leaving Avoca/Ballykissangel we proceed north and pass the Meeting of the Waters – immortalised in poem and song by 18th century poet, Thomas Moore. We may stop here for a photo stop, as time permits.
Leaving the Meeting of the Waters we continue north to Rathdrum and there are splendid views of the Wicklow Mountains to the left. We pass through the narrow village streets, with its many pubs and shops and passing the church as we leave the village.
From here we take the road to Laragh and Glendalough and pass the smallest community in Ireland – Clara. It has one school, one church and two houses! But does it have a pub??? Your host will point out the exact location. We then arrive in the village of Laragh and from here we proceed to our second attraction – Glendalough.
Glendalough is a National Park and is famous as the valley of two lakes, from which the place takes its name. Our tour takes us past the lower lake and there will be time for a visit to the upper lake –your host will advise you of the exact details. The other attraction that we visit in Glendalough is the ancient monastery and there has been a settlement here since the 7th century when the monastery was founded by St. Kevin. There will be sufficient time to explore the ruins and again, your host will advise you of the exact time to return to the bus. Please ensure that you are at the bus at the time given by your host. Glendalough has been a place of pilgrimage since the 7th century and the present ruins date back to the 12th century.
There is also a round tower at Glendalough, which dates from the 12th century. With the exception of two round towers in Scotland (built by Irish monks) and one on the Isle of Man, the round tower is an Irish phenomenon and there are approximately 65 of these in Ireland – Glendalough being the finest example.
We leave Glendalough for our journey back towards Dublin, and while on the way we pass through the village of Annamoe, famous as the adopted home of two-time academy award winner, Daniel Day Lewis. We also pass the village of Roundwood, which at about 200 metres above sea level, is the highest town in Ireland. From here we continue north as far as the Sugarloaf Mountain (the only alpine shaped mountain in the area) and make our descent towards the N11 – the main road to Dublin. We expect to have you back in Dublin by about 17:00.
Duration: 2 hours
- Host on trains
- Information pack
- Reserved seats on trains
- Qualified driver-guide on coaches
- All travel by rail and coach from Dublin
- Entry/Admission - The Mill at Avoca Village
- Entry/Admission - Glendalough Monastic Settlement
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- For infants 4 years and under, a fee of 5 euros per day is payable direct
- This tour offers stops en route for photographs, shopping, etc
- Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries
- Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps on to the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Children U16 cannot book independently. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
This is a great tour to see more of the countryside and relax. Compared to the other tours we were on, this one wasn't rushing you or giving you a set time limit to get back to the bus. We took the rail to Avoca, where you can enjoy the coastal views. We switched to a bus for short ride where you see how scarves, blankets, etc. are made. That was really cool to see, but it's pretty expensive so we didn't purchase anything. We had lunch at a local pub, which was good. We made a quick stop at a beautiful river and then continued on to the mountain. The lake was one of the most beautiful things I've seen. We then did a walking trail to a monestary. Overall, the trip was a slower pace than others which was nice because we were beat from all the other walking we did. Paddy was our guide and he was fantastic. He talked to everyone in the group and shared some interesting stories. If you have a really good camera, bring it!
Saw so much of rural Ireland in one tour. It was nice to get the train as well. The guide could tell us a lot about everything. Definitely recommend!
Paddy has a great host and did a wonderful job. From the moment we met him at Connolly Station we knew we were in good hands. He was very pleasant, attentive and showed us a good time from Dublin to Wicklow and back again. Couldn't resist shopping in AVOCA and taking 100s of photos of the lovely countryside. A great day.
Lovely opportunity to get a small taste of Ireland's countryside. Glendalough was amazing in spite of rain. Paddy, our guide, was cheerful, flexible and well informed.
Absolutely the best tour and tour guide we could ask for in Ireland. The whole tour far exceeded our expectations.
I had a lot of fun on this tour. Paddy was a really good tour guide. He told us interesting stories, and made sure everybody in the group was included , no one was left behind. The train ride along the coast line was beautiful and the bus tour in the country side was wonderful. I would do this tour al over again. Thanks Paddy