Glendalough, Powerscourt & the Wicklow Mountains – 1 day tour

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and discover the soul-quenching sights of Glendalough, Powerscourt, and the Wicklow Mountains.

Tour map

Highlights

Mountains
Waterfalls
Gaelic Culture
Lakes

Places you 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, Gardens and Waterfalls - 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.


Your journey


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.

You get time to relax at a riverside monastic city in Glendalough. You’re treated to a saunter around the gorgeous gardens and marvellous mansion at Powerhouse Court. And you can peruse 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.


Tour Details

Departs
09.15 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Returns
18.30
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we 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

Itinerary

You leave Dublin. Your first stop of the day is at the famous Glendalough. Here you have time to walk up to the lovely lakes, discover the history at a visitor centre, and enjoy the serenity of the monastic city.

The Wicklow mountains then whizz by as you travel past the town of Enniskerry and arrive at the Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Now it’s time to be indulgent. You can explore the pristinely manicured lawns, visit an ornate Japanese garden, watch Ireland’s highest waterfall, and wander the rooms of an impressive mansion.

This is a great spot to enjoy a beverage in a local café or shop for traditionally crafted goods for your friends and family.

After these revitalising locations, your tour returns to Dublin in the early evening.

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FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or less

You'll have a guaranteed experience, or your money back

Guaranteed departures: you book, you go

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