After our morning pickups we travel south through the beautiful countryside to the garden of Ireland that is County Wicklow. Our first stop is at Powerscourt house and gardens where a short visit is made.
Powerscourt Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes are managed by Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger (from the famous tennis family). Designed from 1731 onwards the Gardens include various feature gardens and attractions.
Later we travel to the picturesque village of Avoca and Avoca Woolen Mills. The mill in Avoca village was originally set up in 1723 making it one of Ireland's oldest industries. The Mill was run by three sisters, the Wynnes. They turned what had been a small, local business into a thriving, international handweavers selling their wonderful designs throughout Europe, America and to famous people worldwide. To this very day the local community still remain part of the Avoca success story. Part of our visit today lets us see a Weaver at work. Here is also where we have lunch. (Lunch at own cost).
Afterwards we travel through the Vales of Avoca and Clara with a stop at Tomas Moores “Meeting of the Waters”. (Tomas was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer").
We then travel onto Glendalough. Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland and was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning. You will be welcomed at the centre by knowledgeable staff and see an audio-visual presentation before your visit. Afterwards we travel home arriving back early evening.