Tour Option 1
Take a trip down our East Coast, visiting some charming villages, then cutting across into the Wicklow Hills and visiting places such as Avoca Handweavers, Glendalough and the Guinness Lake (it's not full of Guinness - it's just where the family have one of their homes)
Tour Option 2
You could also take in most of the above tour and include a visit to Kilkenny, with its' mediaeval castle and cobblestone streets, making it a slightly longer tour. The tour beings with a trip down our East Coast ,through some charming villages, then across into the hills around Wicklow and on up to the lakes around Glendalough, possible lunch in Avoca Handweavers or the village of Laragh, and returning to Dublin via The Sally Gap. This option would give you plenty of sights and is very beautiful.
Small amendments can be made on tours allowing you to choose different venues to visit. There are too many venues to list but you can discuss your interests with your driver before you embark.
Sights to be seen on this tour
Our first stop could be Dalkey, a seaside town south of the city, Dalkey’s rich history is front and centre, with a 10th century church and two Norman castles right on the main street. From the town, it’s a short walk to the harbour, where you can take a boat trip to Dalkey Island, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go abseiling at Killiney Hill. When you settle in for food and drinks, keep an eye out for famous locals. Bono, The Edge, Enya and Van Morrison all live nearby.
Wicklow Town & Avoca
From Dalkey we go down to the heart of Wicklow, known as the "Garden of Ireland", to the village of Avoca and visit the Avoca Handweavers Mill established in 1723, built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you'll find a large Avoca store and cafe, and a working handweaving mill. Avoca is famous all over the world for its beautiful throws. From there we head up through the heart of the Wicklow mountains, with opportunities to stop for more photos' on our way to Glendalough.
Glendalough (Gleann Dá Loch, “Valley of the Two Lakes”) is a glacier valley in county Wicklow renowned for a medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. We could stop there for lunch (not included) and you will have some time there to explore.
We can then start making our way back to Dublin, over the Sally gap at the highest point of the Wicklow Mountains - a beautiful place to see the waterfall and surrounding hills - and on a clear day you can see the whole of Dublin.