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Wicklow And Glendalough Tour From Dublin

Our day tour to Wicklow departs from Suffolk Street outside the Old stone church in Dublin. We begin our journey southwards, traveling up past the Blessington lakes.Our first stop is Baltinglass where you will have half an hour to grab a coffee and have a good browse around the 12 Century abbey founded by Dermot Mac Murrough the then King of Leinster. This is a fantastic ruin with a combination of Cistercian and Irish Romanesque architecture. The arches are the Abbeys most prominent feature with alternate round and square pillars. Explore the ruins and discover some intricate carvings. Experience the working side of Wicklow with a visit to a working Irish sheep farm. Meet your friendly local farmer Ed who will introduce you to his life, from the diverse farming practices of sheep farming  to and organic vegetable growing. The highlight of this stop is a sheepdog exhibition where farmer Ed will coral the sheep with his trusty border collies. We are the only tour company that introduces you to the real working and living side of Wicklow! After a scenic rural drive we stop off in the Glenmalure Valley at the Glenmalure Lodge for lunch. You couldn’t have lunch in a more perfect setting. (Lunch is not included) We then visit the beautiful valley and Monastic site of Glendalough.  Here was where Saint Kevin settled in the 6th Century, evidence of which still can be seen via 10th/ 11th Century monastic site perched between the hills. Explore the monastic site and take in your surroundings and let your spirit run free. Here you get 1.5 hours to discover the area, before we continue our journey. We continue on our route heading back to Dublin through the scenic Sally Gap, journeying along the military road which was built after the 1798 rebellion in an attempt to flush out the rebels who were in hiding in the Wicklow mountains. Take your picture at the P.S. I Love you bridge and see Lough Tay – aptly called the Guinness Lake-  while surrounded with blanket bog and mountain peaks which are drenched in green and yellow in the summer and pink and purple in the autumn. We arrive back in Dublin’s fair city at around 5:30 pm. Thanks for joining us! ITINERARY: 08:30    Depart Dublin 10:00    Baltinglass Abbey  10:45    Visit a working Sheep Farm  13:00    Glenmalure Valley & Lodge for lunch 14:15    Glendalough Monastic Site & Lake Walk   16:05    Scenic Mountain Drive  16:20    Wicklow Mountains 17:30    Arrive back in Dublin

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Russborough House and Parklands Admission and Tour

Visit: Russborough House, Wicklow, County WicklowThe Parklands open at 10am and close at 6pm daily. Local people walk the Demesne each day and then drop into the Tea Rooms for morning/afternoon tea and coffee or lunch. Pre-booked coaches may be seen at Russborough each day bringing visitors fromaround the world to take a guided tour of the house, do some shopping in the well stocked gift shop and have refreshments in the Tea Rooms. Some may travel by car, bus or even bicycle as Russborough is very well located within only 20 km from Dublin off the road N81 and 4.5 km from Blessington, Co. Wicklow.  Families are regular visitors to the Parklands as young children love the Maze, fairy trail, playground and tree trail. Recently introduced is the 2 km audio walking tour which is suitable for adults and children alike. The East & West Courtyards house many artisans which gives opportunity for additional shopping if so desired. Near the West Wing you will find the Birds of Prey Centre; please note that there is an additional charge for the Birds of Prey.    From art lovers to historians to the curious passers by this tour will leave you feeling inspired. Lafranchini ceilings, furniture and tapestries from Louis XV's time all are on view during the guided house tour. The historic interactive exhibition located downstairs tells the story of the three families who lived at Russborough for over a period of 275 years; the Earls of Miltown, the Dalys and Sir Alfred and Lady Beit. The exhibition is free to fee paying visitors to the house.