5 based on 112 reviews
Guided hiking and walking in Ireland. Luxury tours and private day tours for the discerning traveller. Quality accommodation, spectacular scenery, inspired hiking locations, endless photographic opportunities, excellent meals and good company! Established in 1994, Joyce's Ireland award-winning tours are fully escorted by knowledgeable, mature and interesting guides with an emphasis on flora, fauna, history, culture and folklore.
This was my second trip with Joyce. As usual, she looks after everyone's needs. Accommodation is usually at local, family run inns or b&b's. The hikes are always great, often with a local guide who provides interesting commentary which adds to the experience. The views are outstanding. I won't comment too much on the food except to say, you won't starve::))
I would suggest bringing a set of walking poles and definitely rain gear. It will add to your comfort.
I have already signed up for my third trip in 2018.
5 based on 73 reviews
There’s nothing a sheepdog likes more than to hunt sheep, and Michael will prove this as he puts his dogs to work. Throughout the demonstration, he will explain what each command means, giving a good insight into the dog training technique. This demonstration is a must see for all. You will witness the intelligence of these sheepdogs as they follow the commands obediently. This is a perfect opportunity for you to capture the true essence of Irish country living. Our sheepdog demonstrations showcase the process of sheep herding, and we have specially designed packages for corporate team building, so if you fancy a break from the office and a fun day out with your colleagues, look no further!
It was the last stop on our Wild Rover Tour of Kilkenny, Glendalough, and Wicklow Mts. The day had been rainy, but our tour guide Richard and bus driver Sarah, had filled our day with lots of great experiences. Our last stop was to view...MoreI am glad you enjoyed it. It is always great to get positive feedback. Make sure to tell all your pals!! to visit me 'Irish Working Sheepdogs' at Annamoe! Regards Michael
5 based on 518 reviews
My husband and I had a FANTASTIC time on our 8-Day Wild Irish Rover Tour in mid-September! We had looked forward to it for so long, and it met and far exceeded any expectations we may have had! We felt like we had been totally immersed in the Irish culture and history, folklore, music, people. Our guide's (Darran) passion for his country was amazing. His gift of story telling and knowledge of Irish history, folklore, music, culture was incredible. His energy, positive attitude, ready smile, easy laugh and sense of humor set the tone for our group dynamics all 8 days of the tour ~ and it was fantastic! No one wanted it to end. Your attention to every detail did not go unnoticed. The van was comfortable, always clean-inside and out. Flexible planning, prompt departures (it's not easy to mobilize 12 people) anticipating our needs, calls to set up experiences (the sheep farm, Dingle Crystal), dinner and lunch Reservations, irish coffee and biscuits at "the top of the world", a dip in the sea, off the beaten path drives....took advantage of every opportunity to experience Ireland. We loved every outdoor/active experience from visiting historical ruins and sites, hiking, scenery stops, kayaking, biking, picnics, pub visits. Each day's plan was perfectly orchestrated to take advantage of every opportunity and get us out of the bus and active! The accommodations, breakfasts, and lodging hosts were all so comfortable, well prepared and warmly welcoming! I can't think of a single flaw to the whole experience. We will be talking about this to our friends, neighbors and family and encouraging any/all to visit and experience Ireland with Vagabond! We are so sad that it's over and wish we could do it all over again! THANK you, thank you, thank you, Darran, and the Vagabond team, for a travel experience of a lifetime. We really did fall in love with your beautiful country of Ireland!
5 based on 171 reviews
A mild Sunday afternoon we set off from Stepaside for a shortish drive up Crone Woods - on the Wicklow Way. The drive up is quite impressive with different hills and scenes over Dublin bay. The mist was rolling in on the top of some the hills which made it more atmospheric.
We parked up at the Crone Woods carpark and set off on our walk which is fairly up hill, we were struck by the range of different colours in the trees shades of orange, brown, and greens and as the sun was coming down it seemed even more dramatic. We continued to encourage each other up the hill to the gorgeous view of Powercourt waterfall were we rested taking in views of the scenery before continuing our descent down. again noticing the different landscapes and diversity of trees. In total the walk lasted about an hour and to the total of about 9000 steps. A good head clearing experience and now for the Sunday roast.....
5 based on 142 reviews
Welcome to Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort - the perfect location for a golfing break in Ireland, where you can tee off on a course of champions in surroundings rich in history and prestige. Whether you are staying at our luxury Wicklow hotel or visiting for the day, our two championship golf courses allow our golfing guests enjoy varied play over equally exhilarating landscapes - both of which are renowned as being amongst the finest, most challenging and most enjoyable in Europe.
This was our second consecutive year that we stayed and played at Druids Glen. The hotel is luxurious and worth its 5 star rating. The bedrooms are very spacious and very well appointed, the breakfast and bar food was excellent, good choice and not over-priced. All the staff in every area of the hotel were so helpful and friendly, you cannot fail to have a really good experience. We went as part of a golf package so we had golf included and played on the Druids Glen course twice in our 5 days. The course is the Irish Augusta, very picturesque and in stunning condition, greens are quick and will catch you out if not careful. The second course is The Heath and also excellent but very different - it is long and when the wind blows (which it does) and the rain comes in this is a real test for the very best golfer. Good practice facilities by the side of the Heath course by way of a driving range, you can get tokens for balls from the hotel Reception desk when the pro shop is closed. Altogether a really great venue, the only thing you need a bit of luck with is the weather and when the sun shines (which it did) the place looks even more beautiful. Enjoy.
4.5 based on 338 reviews
Every Christmas our daughters present us with an annual season ticket (exceptional value, btw, given that the Gardens are open all year round). We love these Gardens because, even when it's busy at weekends & on Bank Holidays etc., it's always possible to wander off the beaten track & soak up the peace & quiet of these beautiful Gardens. The Gardens themselves are a credit to the gardening staff, my wife & I keep thinking back to about 30/40 (?) years ago when, it seemed to us, they were starting to deteriorate. We enjoy seeing the many painters & photographers setting up their equipment in their favourite places & the numerous enthusiasts taking close-up photographs with their mobiles of the flowers & the birds & the bees. Last weekend we spotted a camera crew from a well known TV station shooting models in front of several beautiful trees & shrubs in all of their autumnal glory - we couldn't help but feel that the beautiful models & clothes paled into utter insignificance when compared to nature's glory. This is our Top Favourite garden in Ireland & we cannot re mom end it too highly.
4.5 based on 90 reviews
Travelling back to Dublin along the quiet scenic road, we were awed to see this majestic sight appear through the roadside bushes. What an amazing sight. We never knew it existed. We found a spot to pull over right beside and climbed down to the rocks above it. Deep, inviting pools have formed at the top. Climbing down it a little, you can stand on the rocks right at the point it starts picking up pace and power. You can feel it's force right beside you. A beautiful spot to hang out and one which we will return to.
4.5 based on 978 reviews
I have to start by saying “OMG”! What a beautiful sight, so breathtaking. I spent a couple of hours here and my husband and I were in awe the whole time. It really helps you appreciate not only creation, but the Creator. If you are someone who appreciates nature and beauty, then you will enjoy this. If you are into camping and hiking, then you would be into this. If you aren’t, you can still come and appreciate what it has to offer. You can enjoy the monastic ruins or walk to get to the Upper and Lower lakes. There are two paths to the lakes. My husband and I did both: the Green Road and the boardwalk. The Green road is more of a natural, rugged setting. The boardwalk is for those who want to see the lakes in a more casually, easier setting via a man-made boardwalk. Both are nice. I was even surprised to see food stations available for purchase in the middle of the lakes. It was also nice to see locals using the park for exercise and recreation. The roads and small communities on the way up to the mountain are also very nice and inviting. Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy!
4.5 based on 2 reviews
Voted No. 3 In the Top 10 Gardens of the World - by National Geographic! One of the world's great Gardens, Powerscourt is situated 20km south of Dublin City Centre in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains.The Garden was begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740's and stretches out over 47 acres. It is a sublime blend of formal Gardens, sweeping terraces, and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled Gardens and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. The House was gutted by fire in 1974 but recently has been reborn as an exceptional tourist destination. An audio visual brings to life the rich history of the Estate, while the double height Georgian Ballroom has been restored and hosts wedding and special events.The House is now home to the best in Irish design in gifts, clothes and furniture in the Avoca Stores and Interiors Gallery. Treat yourself to lunch at the Terrace Cafe where you can enjoy exceptional food, from each loaf of Irish bread to Mediterranean tarts or extraordinary salads. Come and explore all that Powerscourt House & Gardens has to offer, there's something for everyone from little explorers to garden enthusiasts!
Powerscourt Gardens and House is a very beautiful castle with a really big park located in the surroundings of Dublin. Here it is possible to visit the main park, the japanese Gardens, the waterfall, the animals cemetery and the other parts of the complex. It is amazing! especially for childs. We came here with my child, who is 2 years old, and she enjoyed a lot walking, running, seeing the park and touching the lake water. Also, in the house there are a lot of services like restaurants or shops.
(See also Powerscourt Waterfalls)
4.5 based on 924 reviews
While I heard that this walk was a great hike, I found it a little disappointing. The start from Bray is nice along the sea front but towards the end at Greystones, it just seems to be flat farmland and nothing really of interest. It ran into more scrub land and then into a building site with metal fencing. What an eye sore. Greystones seems an ok village. Got the train back as one member of the group had sore feet. Just beware when buying a train ticket as the machine is rather rmisleading. The first option is for a return ticket rather than singles, so just be careful what your buying. While the walk was ok, the Howth cliff walk is better.
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