Wicklow, Avoca (Ballykissangel) and Glendalough
Glendalough - the valley of two lakes
- Return Rail Travel
- Reserved Seats on the train
- Railtours Ireland Host throughout
- Visitor Attraction Admissions
- Escorted Coach
Travel along East Coast
A lovely short tour into the Wicklow Mountains to visit Ireland's most famous village, Avoca, otherwise known as "Ballykissangel" situated in the beautiful Vale of Avoca and also the magnificent Glendalough (valley of the two lakes).
Dublin to Wicklowhide
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.
Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!
Check-in for 09:40 departure from Dublin Connolly Station to Arklow. As we depart, we cross the River Liffey and soon the Custom’s House comes into view; built in 1793. On the opposite side there are views up river to O’Connell Bridge and beyond. A short time later, Dublin Bay comes into view and we continue along the coast.
The train passed through the Victorian seaside resort of Bray and then from Greystones the railway runs around Bray Head via a series of tunnels and bridges, with spectacular views of the Irish Sea. At Greystones the line returns to sea level and runs alongside the beach from there to the county town of Wicklow.
Arrive Arklow station for transfer onto coach. From here we proceed to Avoca, sometimes known as Ballykissangel because of the successful BBC television series of the same name. This pretty little village is home of Avoca Handweavers (the oldest hand weaving mill in Ireland… since 1723) where you can watch the weavers at work. We recommend that you explore the village starting at the Avoca Handweavers, where there are excellent restaurant and shopping facilities. The tour then continues on to the village of Laragh and from here we proceed to our second attraction, Glendalough.
Glendalough is a National Park and is famous as the valley of two lakes, from which the place takes its name. Our tour takes us past the lower lake and there will be time for a visit to the upper lake –your host will advise you of the exact details. The other attraction that we visit in Glendalough is the ancient monastery and there has been a settlement here since the 7th century when the monastery was founded by St. Kevin.
Depart Glendalough and the bus will take you back to Bray railway station for the train back to Dublin. En route we pass through the village of Annamoe, famous as the adopted home of two-time academy award winner, Daniel Day Lewis. We also pass the village of Roundwood, which at about 200 metres above sea level, is the highest town in Ireland. From here we continue north as far as the Sugarloaf Mountain (the only alpine shaped mountain in the area) and make our descent towards the N11 –the main road to Dublin (we turn off at Bray).
Returning to Dublin at 16:25hrs.