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Wicklow Safari

Wicklow Safari

Degree of difficulty - B

Many visit Dublin without seeing its best feature, the coast. Our safari takes in the beautiful southeast coastline as well as the magnificent landscapes and rich history and folklore that the Wicklow Mountains has to offer.

Starting from Dublin, we take straight to the coast passing through Dalkey (with its many famous residents) and on towards the beautiful Killiney Bay (likened to the Bay of Naples) and the tiny village of Enniskerry where we spend one night. The following day you head into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains as you explore the 'Garden of Ireland' in all its beauty. It is in its deep glens that much of the peculiar charm of Wicklow scenery is to be found, with rugged natural features, rich and lavish woods, beautiful lakes and stunning valleys.

You spend two nights in Laragh, located beside the monastic village of Glendalough with its ruined abbey and distinctive round tower. Here you have the opportunity to relax in the tranquil surroundings and walk one of the numerous signed ways around the surrounding lakes. We head over the mountains to Glenmalure and stay in the lovely peaceful village of Avoca before continuing to the harboured Wicklow town. On the last day you will cycle inlands again, before being transferred back to Dublin, for a final night in this vibrant capital city.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO DUBLIN
You will be spending your first night in Dublin or Dun Laoghaire. The cost of a taxi from Dublin airport into Dublin is approx. €25-30. Alternatively, there is blue coloured Air Coach, departing every 20 minutes from just outside the Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport, which will take you into Dublin city. The return ticket costs €16 and the journey should take around 40 minutes. Once you have checked into your accommodation, you can then spend the rest of the day exploring the many sights and sounds that have made Dublin such a lively and popular destination.

DAY 2 DUBLIN TO ENNISKERRY 18 miles / 30kms
We arrange for you to be brought to our bike shop in the south side of the city where we will fit you out with your bikes and route details. You begin the day in a leisurely fashion with a cycle along cycle paths and quiet roads to the coastal towns of Dun Laoghaire and the charming village of Dalkey, with its many famous residents where we can stop for lunch. You continue along the scenic Vico Road with spectacular views across Killiney Bay. You then head inland cycling along green fields to the village of Enniskerry where you overnight. A transfer can be arranged this evening to the famous Johnnie Foxes Pub, the highest pub in Ireland (www.jfp.ie). Here you can enjoy a uniquely traditional Irish night with good food and Guinness, along with entertainment from local musicians.

DAY 3 ENNISKERRY TO GLENDALOUGH 30 miles / 48kms
In the morning you have the chance to visit the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens before heading over the stunning Sally Gap Road all the way to Roundwood for lunch. After lunch you have head via Lough Dan into the village of Laragh for the night. Laragh is located beside the monastic village of Glendalough with its ruined abbey and distinctive round tower.

DAY 4 REST DAY IN GLENDALOUGH
Today there is the opportunity to relax in your tranquil surroundings in Laragh/Glendalough and walk one of the numerous signed ways around the surrounding lakes. For more information Glendalough Visitors Centre www.heritageireland.ie/en/glendaloughvisitorcentre/

DAY 5 GLENDALOUGH TO AUGHRIM 25miles/40kms - 30miles/51 km
You have the option of 2 different routes today both of which head out on the east bank of the Avonmore River. You can choose to visit Avondale House and Forest Park, once the home of one of Ireland’s greatest political leaders. The village of Avoca, setting for the hugely successful BBC TV series Ballykissangel, is another option or the wild mountain scenery on the ancient Military Road, built to allow British troops access the rebellious tribes of these formerly heavily forested valleys. All routes come together in our overnight stop of Aughrim a pretty village with much evidence in its buildings of its former glory as a granite quarrying and stonecutting centre.

DAY 6 AUGHRIM TO WICKLOW 28miles /45kms – 40miles/65km
Again today offers 2 different route options to match your mood and energy levels. You can cross the low coastal hills to ride north along the coast taking a dip in Brittas Bay, a beautiful Blue Flag beach or venture into the wooded hills on virtually traffic free roads through remote villages to view for your self the mysterious Motte Stone before descending to the coast and Wicklow, a friendly seaside town with Viking origins.

DAY 7 WICKLOW TO DUBLIN 31 miles / 50kms
Your last day on the bike will take you inland again back towards the village of Roundwood for lunch. You can then take a different route along beautiful country roads to the village of Enniskerry where we will meet you and transfer you back into Dublin city for a final night on the tour.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

We are currently working on our short tour prices and will have this updated as soon as possible.  Below are details for our 2016 shorter tour as details should not change greatly for 2017...

7 NIGHT TOUR PRICE 2017
€ 810.00 per person sharing off peak (*)
€ 845.00 per person sharing in July & August (*)
€ 245.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€ 350.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone)

3 NIGHT TOUR PRICE 2017
 the new prices will be updated shortly

4 NIGHT TOUR PRICE 2017
the new prices will be updated shortly

(*) There is a €50.00 per person discount if you do not need the first night's accommodation in Dublin and you make your own way to our shop the following morning.

Tour Includes

7 NIGHT TOUR INCLUDES:
- 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation with breakfast ( mixture of guesthouses and small hotels )
- 1 dinner ( not included in shorter 3/4 night tours ) 
- Bike rental including a pannier bag
- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline
All other tour prices and what's included are listed in the individual tour dossiers

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tour is available from April to October and can start any day of the week.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


DUBLIN

The Haddington Dublin The Haddington Dublin1 The Haddington Dublin2

Accommodation in Dubin can vary in high season. 
The Haddington in Dun Laoghaire offers fantastic sea views.
And popular walks along the pier are just across the road!

Donnybrook Hall Dublin Donnybrook Hall Dublin1

Donnybrook Hall is another guesthouse we are using near Dublin city centre .


ENNISKERRY

Ferndale House Enniskerry Ferndale House Enniskerry1

Ferndale B&B is nestled in the centre of the picturesque village of Enniskerry.


LARAGH/GLENDALOUGH

Pinewood Lodge Glendalough Pinewood Lodge Glendalough1

Pinewood Lodge is a spacious modern dormer bungalow, situated in a quiet wooded location.

Heather House Glendalough Heather House Glendalough1

The Heather House B&B also offers all you need for a perfect stay in this stunning area.


AUGHRIM

Lawless Hotel Aughrim Lawless Hotel Aughrim1

Established in 1787, Lawless Hotel offers a tranquil rural retreat.


WICKLOW

Kilmantin House Wicklow Kilmantin House Wicklow1

A warm welcome awaits you in Kilmantin House.

How to get to Dublin:

The best airport is of course Dublin airport!

From Dublin airport:
There is a coach service direct from the airport to city center is available, approx €16 per person

Check AirCoach for more info

A taxi to Dublin city is approx €30 - €40

If arriving in Cork airport you have the option of a train or bus to Dublin,  
all details are on the websites IrishRail and Bus Eireann

From Shannon aiport: There is a bus service to Dublin city available, approx €16 per person

(Check JJKavanagh Coach for info). 

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Everything was great. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in your fine country. We all thought the trip you had laid out for us gave us a great experience of all kinds of terrains, views and pure enjoyment.
All of the places we stayed were great as well and the restaurants and cafes we stopped in were perfect.

Trevor Boquist (Customized Tour 2015)

Had an excellent holiday!
Bikes very good-brand new.
Itinery, route, accommodation & luggage transfers all good.

Mick Rolls (Wicklow self led 2015)

The arrangements worked out great. 
The route directions were fantastic. We didn\'t have any issues. And the route you sent us was amazing!
We definitely plan on doing it again in one of your other areas.

Kate R.-E. (Wicklow self led 2014)

Thank you - we had an excellent adventure in the Wicklows !
The bikes / panniers and your tour organisation were excellent.
Cycling is the best way to see the Wicklow!

Leonie & Paul H. (Wicklow self led 2013)

We had an absolutely magical time on our ride. We will highly recommend your company to all our friends
You have a quality organization and I’m so glad to have worked with you, Cheers to all 

Stephanie Pardee (Wicklow self led 2013)

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