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Wednesday 15th September
A choice of two optional tours are available to book for the afternoon at leisure on Wednesday 15th September. Choose either the Palladian Powerscourt House and its magnificent gardens in Co. Wicklow, or the Neolithic tomb of Newgrange in Co. Meath. Tickets are available to purchase at the Registration Desk.
Depart at 13.00 from Nassau Street, returning approximately 18.00.
Price €28.00 (includes tour and entrance fees).

Powerscourt House and Gardens  
Powerscourt Explore one of Ireland’s most famous house and gardens on an afternoon visit to the Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. The Palladian mansion stands overlooking the picturesque gardens which blend into the surrounding countryside known as “The Garden of Ireland”. Take a tour of the house and view its many treasures while also allowing time to marvel at the workmanship of its finely nurtured gardens, including the Walled Garden, Italian Gardens and Japanese Garden, and Italianate terraces and features.
Even the avenue leading to the Palladian house echoes the magnificence of the whole estate, being a mile long and lined by over 2,000 beech trees.
In addition the 47 acres of gardens are remarkable for their grandeur of scale, at the same time combining great delicacy and refinement of detail.
The house was gutted by fire in 1974 but recently has been reborn as an exceptional tourist destination.
The house is now home to the best of Irish design in gifts, clothes, and furniture in the Avoca Stores and the Interiors Gallery.
You can also treat yourself to a dish from the Avoca Cookbook in the Terrace Cafe.

Boyne Valley / Newgrange  
Newgrange

Take an afternoon drive through the historic Boyne Valley - a listed world heritage site. Discover the many famous landmarks as far back as the Neolithic Period which are dotted across this beautiful landscape. A visit to the Brú na Bóinne visitor centre and ancient Newgrange Tomb is included.
Newgrange, a magnificent example of prehistoric craftsmanship, was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley.

A magical journey through time and legends that is the Boyne Valley.


Wicklow & Glendalough Day Tour  
Glendalough The tour departs from Dublin city centre and heads over the Dublin mountains and into the picturesque Sally Gap. Experience breathtaking views with complimentary coffee! Wicklow is widely known as the “Garden of Ireland” Stop where you like and when you like along the route. See the famous film locations for Braveheart and Ballykissangel. Visit hidden lakes and luscious waterfalls. Travel the by-roads to beautiful Glendalough and after a healthy walk, time for lunch and a drop of the famous brew. Returning home via the depths of the Wicklow mountains passing the scenic lakes of Blessington.
Visit www.overthetoptours.com to book this or a selection of other day tours from Dublin.

Belfast Day Tour  
Belfast The North has become a must-see for any traveller and lovers of Ireland. This tour enables you to focus on Belfast, birthplace of the Titanic and the little corner of our island so ever present in world headlines since 1969 but now experiencing a new dawn.
You are introduced to local guides, characters and customs of both the Ulster Irish and Ulster British communities while you travel in the Black Cab Tour of Belfast.
This tour also visits the Celtic Crosses at Monasterboice and the head of the martyr St. Oliver Plunkett
Visit www.paddywagontours.com to book this or a selection of other tour of up to 10 days durations from Dublin.

Aran Islands and Galway Bay
Aran Islands Tour into 'the West' - the traditional heart of Ireland!  In one relaxing day from Dublin visit the world famous Aran Islands (Inis Mor). Enjoy golden sandy beaches, thatched cottages, stone walls, wonderful archeological sites and hear the islanders lilt in their beautiful Gaelic language - all inspired by your local Island guide.
NOTE: Should the weather conditions be adverse and the Atlantic gets too rough for the ferry crossing to the Islands, you shall be taken to Connemara and refunded the difference (this happens on only very rare occasions).
Visit www.paddywagontours.com to book this or a selection of other tour of up to 10 days durations from Dublin.

5 Day Wickow Trail Ride  
Wicklow Trail The Wicklow Trail Ride, starting at Calliaghstown Riding Centre, approximately 40 minutes drive from Dublin city, explores the beautiful Wicklow Mountains and Glens of the "Garden of Ireland" finishing in the Monastic 7th Century village of Glendalough.
County Wicklow, on the east coast of Ireland, is lush, green and beautiful, with spectacular views of the Irish Sea from the many green hilltops and mountain tops.
This horseback riding vacation takes you through County Wicklow's diverse countryside, along river banks, over rugged mountains, through huge pine forests and along gentle lake shores.
This is a fantastic place for trail riding. It combines great natural beauty, a long and interesting history and lovely local people. The horses you will ride are fit and fully capable of negotiating the terrain. Over the five days riding, riders will tour between four and five hours each day. All riders are expected to be able to walk, trot and canter in open country with confidence and control. There are several optional jumps along the trail.
Each night, riders will enjoy a delicious meal, a refreshing drink, a hot shower or bath and a change of clothes. Luggage will be waiting at each stop. The accommodations are warm, comfortable and welcoming. Each guest house provides a unique experience and an opportunity to meet the Irish at home.

Visit www.calliaghstownridingcentre.com for more information on this tour and other riding holidays.