Enjoy a spectacular rail journey along Dublin’s East Coast to Arklow, Wicklow, part of Ireland’s Ancient East. Travel from Dublin where Killiney bay & beach unfold in front of you, the train follows the coast and hugs the cliff edge as you make your way to Arklow.
This tour visits the village of Avoca, known as ‘Ballykissangel’ and Avoca Handweavers, the oldest working woollen mill. Treat yourself to vibrant colored handcrafts. The tour finishes with a trip to the 12th Century Monastic settlement of Glendalough, nestled in the valley of the two lakes before returning to Dublin by coach.
Check-in for 09:40am departure from Dublin Connolly Station to Arklow.
Enjoy an elevated view of Dublin City and its architecture as the train travels south from Dublin Connolly station towards Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Regarded as one of the one most stunning train routes in Ireland the train journey hugs the coastline as it travels towards Bray and Greystones along the coast and cliff edge.
From Arklow the tour continues by coach onto Avoca Handweavers for a personal tour of the oldest working woolen mill, since 1723. Your lunch stop is at a local pub, Fitzgeralds of Avoca, which serves up hearty Irish pub fare. Avoca is sometimes known as Ballykissangel where the successful BBC television series of the same name was filmed.
Your next stop is Glendalough, a 12th century monastic settlement. Your tour will take you to the Upper Lake of Glendalough, the original site of the monastic settlement, that features Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, St. Kevin's Cell, St. Kevin's Bed, the Caher, and various crosses. You will then walk back along the boardwalk to the Monastic City where you can see ruins of churches, a graveyard and the famous Round Tower. The tour then continues through the stunning landscape of Wicklow before your return journey to Dublin.
You will arrive back to Dublin at 04:45pm.
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