Glendalough, Powerscourt & the Wicklow Mountains Day Tour

Single Day Tour Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Dublin is a lively city. You pace around practicing poetry, dart in and out of museums, and drink and dance until you think you can play the fiddle yourself. But, after a while, you may want to escape the hustle and bustle to a more scenic and spiritual realm. And this trip takes you to such a place in under an hour. It whisks you away to an oasis of heavenly beauty and geological wonders.

Relax at a riverside monastic city in Glendalough. You’ll be treated to a saunter around the gorgeous gardens and marvelous mansion at Powerscourt, before heading into the local craft shops in the charming village of Avoca.

So, take this tour and contrast the song and dance of the city with the peace and beauty of Glendalough, Powerscourt, and the Wicklow Mountains.

Itinerary

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Powerscourt House and Gardens

Your tour will depart Dublin at 09:15am from opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin. 

Heading south of Dublin, your first stop of the day is at the Powerscourt House and Gardens. You can wander through the manicured lawns, explore an ornate Japanese garden, and gaze into the rooms of a masterly mansion. It’s a house that rivals the finest manors in England.

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Avoca Village, Store and Café

From Powerscourt, you will journey south to Avoca village, a place made famous in song by Irish Poet, Thomas Moore. The rivers here were the source of power for mills that exported woven goods throughout Europe. Avoca is known for fine food and is a great spot for you to enjoy a bite to eat at a local café or shop for traditionally crafted goods.

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Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough

Heading back into the Wicklow Mountains, your next stop is at the famous Glendalough. Here you will have time take a pilgrimage up to the lovely lakes, praise the history at the visitor center, and bask in the serenity of the monastic city ruins.

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Lough Tay, The Guinness Lake

Next, you can grab a picture of Ireland’s ‘Guinness Lake’. But don’t expect a lake full of creamy beer. It’s a scenic lake on the land the Guinness family own that looks a little like a pint.

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Sally Gap and the Village of Enniskerry

On the way a back to Dublin, you stop at Sally Gap for a beautiful view, and take in the quaint and cute village of Enniskerry.

Weather in Ireland is unpredictable. When there’s snow, ice, and fog, we occasionally avoid the route via Sally Gap and Lough Tay and give you extra time to enjoy Glendalough and Enniskerry.

Return to Dublin at 6:30pm.

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What's included

Places you will explore:

  • Glendalough - Discover a hidden-away abbey in a soul-stirringly beautiful valley.
  • Wicklow Mountains - These majestic mountains are as beautiful as they are historically fascinating.
  • Powerscourt House and Gardens - You’ll be green with envy at these gardens that were once voted the third best in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
  • Avoca Historic village - Over the years, this scenic village has hosted miners, inspired writers, and attracted film makers.
  • Sally Gap - Ireland's best-known mountain pass offers inspiring views over Wicklow Mountain National Park.
  • Lough Tay - They call this the Guinness Lake. It doesn’t taste like the black stuff, but the circular shape, dark peat water, and frothy white sand shoreline looks like it.
  • Enniskerry Village - This village is as cute as a bag of sleeping kittens. It was built for the people who worked at Powerscourt House.

Discounts:

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, Rabbie's Tours don't carry children under 5 years old)​.

Important information:
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.
Tour inclusions:
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
Tour exclusions:
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Tour accommodation.

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