Explore the Garden of Ireland's Ancient East!
Welcome to county Wicklow, the garden of Ireland and it's ancient east. I will chauffeur drive you around this beautiful county in a luxury E Class Mercedes taking in the incredible scenery of the Wicklow mountains, lakes and valley's. We will visit period country homes of the gentry in a time gone by and centuries old settlements of Monks and their sacred ruins. On the drive we can take in military outposts and the scenes of skirmishes from Ireland's 800 year old war with the British empire. There will be lots of opportunities for photo's and we will pick a lovely spot for lunch and a bit of souvenir shopping.
Pick-up from your accommodation between 9. 30 and 10. 30 (earlier on request). We will drive south from Dublin to Powerscourt Estate and visit the 18th-century house and landscaped gardens. There will be time for a stroll around the house, light refreshments in the cafe and if desired (time permitting) a walk around the amazing landscaped gardens (check the Powerscourt website for more info).
From here we shall drive over the Sally Gap and old Military road taking in some breathtaking scenery until we reach the "valley of two lakes", the ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough and St Kevin's bed. This famous site was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and its iconic round tower is over a 1000 years old! There is a visitor center here and signposted walks for you to enjoy in this magnificent glacial valley. Glendalough is a good spot for lunch. Leaving the valley we will head to Lough 'TAY', famously called the 'GUINNESS LAKE'. We will take in the Old Military barracks at Glencree before heading home.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can collect you at your Hotel, Guesthouse Cruise Ship or a street, city location of your choice.
End location: I can drop you back at your Hotel, Guesthouse Cruise Ship or a street, city location of your choice.
Duration: 6 hours
Traffic and weather will determine the full extent of the sites we can see and visit but the tour will last at least 6 hours.
Transport will be in a luxury E Class Mercedes saloon car.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euro - Entrance fees
My E Class Mercedes Saloon is licenced to carry me as your driver (and tour guide) plus 4 passengers. If your party is bigger than 4 and require transport please message me and I can try arrange a larger licenced vehicle at an additional cost.
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We were so fortunate to have John as our driver September 10th in Dublin! He was so informative, brought us to sights we wouldn't have seen without him. So very nice and easy to talk to, gave us wonderful information and stories of Dublin and surrounding areas, had lunch at a very unique pub, off the beaten path, and it was absolutely delicious! Drove through the beautiful mountains and stopped for a view of Guinness house and Guinness lake! The highlight of our trip! Thanks John!