Wicklow, Glendalough and East Coast

Glendalough

Renowned for it’s magnificent scenery but is also full of a rich and varied heritage in terms of history, monuments, archaeology, architecture, landscapes, geology, parks, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats & mining history.

Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united.www.visitwicklow.ie

Tour of Glendalough and Powerscourt

We’ll drive out towards Wicklow along the coast road past Dalkey Village. Then we’ll continue on to Glendalough where you can spend some time exploring the lake and the Round Tower. We’ll then journey on to Roundwood Village for lunch followed by a trip to the beautiful Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Duration: 09:00 – 17:00 (Times may be altered depending on the tour you choose)
Price: €320 (per 7-seater vehicle)
Note: Prices do not include entrance fees, lunch etc. 

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Powerscourt Gardens

Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow are one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. (recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic!). The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks.

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest at 121m (398ft.) and is 6km from the Main Estate. It is set in one of Ireland’s most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive from the gatelodge towards the Waterfall you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out for the Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California where they may grow up to 80m high and live for 4,000 years so they are still youngsters! www.powerscourt.com/

 

Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb & Trim Castle

Newgrange is a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Trip to Newgrange

We’ll pick  you up at your accommodation at 8:30 and go directly to Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb, in the Boyne Valley. From there we’ll go on to the Monastic site on the Hill of Slane and then lunch in Slane Village. After which we head to Trim Castle (location of Brave Heart!) and then on to the Hill of Tara.

Duration: 08:30 – 17:00 (Times may be altered depending on the tour you choose)
Price: €320 (per 7-seater vehicle)
Note: Prices do not include entrance fees, lunch etc.

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About Newgrange:

The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. The kidney shaped mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 metre long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. It is estimated that the construction of the Passage Tomb would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years.

Winter Solstice – The passage and chamber of Newgrange are illuminated by the winter solstice sunrise. A shaft of sunlight shines through the roof box over the entrance and penetrates the passage to light up the chamber. The dramatic event lasts for 17 minutes at dawn on the Winter Solstice and for a few mornings either side of the Winter Solstice. www.worldheritageireland.ie