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Wicklow, Avoca (Ballykissangel) & Glendalough Rail Tour From Dublin
Glendalough - the valley of two lakes
WHAT TO EXPECT
We are delighted to announce the NEW Sunday departure of our Wicklow Tour.
Sunday departure time 10:25, arriving back to Dublin at 17:15pm approximately.
Check-in for this Sunday departure - 10:05am
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 we make our way to Arklow. This tour visits the village of Avoca, known as ‘Ballykissangel’ and Avoca Handweavers, the oldest working woolen mill. Treat yourself to vibrant coloured 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 is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.
Check-in at Connolly Station in the main concourse area at our Railtours Ireland kiosk, where our representative will be in their bright yellow jacket!
Monday-Friday: Check-in for the 09:40 departure from Dublin Connolly Station to Arklow is at 09:20.
Sunday: The departure time is slightly later - leaving at 10:25. Therefore, Sunday check-in time is 10:05 am in Connolly station.
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. Our 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. Our next stop is Glendalough, a 12th-century monastic settlement. We take you to the Upper Lake of Glendalough - this was the original site of the monastic settlement and features Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, St. Kevin's Cell, St. Kevin's Bed, the Caher, and various crosses. We 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.
Monday-Friday: We arrive back in Dublin at approximately 17:00 pm.
Sunday: We arrive back in Dublin at approximately 17:15pm.
Can I leave the tour before it returns to Dublin?
Yes. For example, if you wish to leave one of our tours in Galway, you are free to do so. However, please advise your Railtours host on the day, otherwise, they will be worried about you! Please note that there is no refund for any unused portions of the tour.
If you wish to extend your tour and spend an overnight in Cork, Killarney, Galway, and Belfast we can arrange accommodation, subject to availability.
Do you use first class on the train?
We do not use first class on the train as first-class rail transport is extremely limited and available only on certain trains on three routes in Ireland. For operational reasons, all Railtours Ireland customers sit together in a specially reserved car or portion of a car with their host.
I want to go on one of your extended tours – what about luggage?
There are luggage facilities onboard trains & coaches and we try to keep luggage transfers between the trains and coaches to a minimum.
It is recommended that large excess amounts of luggage be stored, perhaps, at your Dublin hotel for the duration of your rail tour. We advise that you only bring what you are comfortable lifting on/off trains & coaches. However, there is no luggage restriction.
How do I get to Ireland?
Getting to Ireland is easy. While we do not offer flights, we recommend Aer Lingus for the widest selection of routes and best value from North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia.
Remember, if you are returning to the USA from Ireland you can take advantage of pre-clearance, which is unique to Ireland, and arrive home as a domestic passenger avoiding the queues at immigration.
You can also take the ferry from The United Kingdom to Ireland.
What sort of people travel on your tours?
Railtours Ireland First Class is what’s known in the travel/tourism industry as a FIT tour product. This means that it attracts “Free Independent Travellers” of all ages and nationalities. What these travelers have in common is a desire to have a unique touring experience in Ireland, one in which they are free to explore Ireland's towns, cities, countryside and attractions at their own pace, while also availing of a wonderfully constructed itinerary and knowledgeable hosts.
Our tours also offer a comfortable and eco-conscious way to explore the island of Ireland without having to drive.
What language are your tours conducted in?
Our tours are conducted in English only. However, we can provide detailed itineraries in all major European languages if we are informed of your requirements in advance. Also, at key visitor attractions in Ireland, multiple language literature is generally available.
Are your tours wheelchair friendly?
As long as you have some mobility, our tours would be suitable for you.
The trains are wheelchair friendly in Ireland however, most coaches are not wheelchair accessible so you would be required to get on and off the coach unaided by Railtours Ireland staff.
If you need extra walking assistance, you may bring a light-weight foldable wheelchair that can be stowed in the luggage compartment. It is with regret that we cannot accommodate mobility scooters on our tours.
Please ensure that you advise us when booking a tour, that you will be using a wheelchair or other medical equipment so that we can make the necessary arrangements in the train stations ahead of time.
Tours visiting Northern Ireland - Any special requirements for tours visiting Belfast, Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones?
On any tour to Belfast or the Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones, you will be leaving the Republic of Ireland and entering the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Please ensure that your visa requirements are in order, and it is essential that you carry your passport.
We are dedicated to providing a professional and personalized service. It is our intention to operate all tours as advertised. However, due to operational reasons, it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries. We cannot be held liable in the event of an attraction being closed.
We cannot be held responsible for customers not having the correct visa documentation to enter Ireland or Northern Ireland.
We do reserves the right to cancel tours if industrial or other action affects any of the components which make up our tour or if there is insufficient demand. However, all tours that include accommodation are guaranteed departures (unless under very exceptional circumstances).
For any tours that include a flight to the Aran Islands ( Tour - DH11 / DH11AN) the following condition applies: Should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights or ferries, you will be taken on an alternative tour to Connemara and refunded the difference. No further refund available should you decide not to go to Connemara for any reason. Please note that all tours that include a flight to The Aran Islands are subject to availability.
Please note that all guests on extended tours (all tours that include accommodation) are taken to and from Inis Mór by ferry.
We cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, injury to person or property whatsoever or howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with excursion, tour or transfer. Passengers travel at their own risk and our liability for any claim whatsoever is limited only to the price of the tour.
DAY TOURS: 24 hours’ notice prior to the tour departure time must be given in order to get a refund on any day tour.
EXTENDED TOURS: 48 hours’ notice prior to the tour departure time, if the tour includes accommodation (Except for The Emerald Isle Express Tour where 60 days’ notice is required).
GROUP TOURS: 60 days’ notice is required for the cancellation of tours for groups of 10 or more.
ALTERATIONS: Once reservations are confirmed by RTIFC, and after a grace period of 72 Hours (3 days), any alterations to the reservation of extended tours (any tours with accommodation) including but not limited to, change of date, tour change, etc. will be subject to a fee of EURO 49.00 per booking.
"If you miss the train, you miss the tour"
All refunds are subject to a 10% administration charge. We reserve the right to refuse admission to any tour and to terminate a tour if circumstances demand.