Since my wife and I had already been to Dublin, we wanted to get out into the countryside and especially to see Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough. Glad we took this tour as both of these sights were very enjoyable, although for different reasons. We got off to a slightly delayed start as there was some question as to how many people had signed up for the tour and the size of the bus that was needed. Didn't notice that the tour was significantly shortened as a result. Note: the tour stops at not only the main collection point on Upper O'Connell Street, but several others (e.g., near Trinity College). You might want to still get on at the main stop to get a primo seat. Our guide Trevor was personable and knowledgeable and kept up a steady flow of comments Re the sights and facts about Ireland in general. The town of Bray was our first stop and, while interesting, would not be my best memory of the trip. Did make for a convenience break however. Powerscourt Gardens were next and were beautiful. Although the house itself is not tourable (or very little), the gardens were extensive and had plenty of photo opps. They did become somewhat crowded as the time progressed (this was Saturday and the weather was nice). Good shopping in the house (Avoca has a location here) and we had lunch at the cafeteria (although there was a higher end restaurant on site if you have the time/money). Went next to Glendalough which was also very crowded. Very interesting area and somewhat haunting in its feeling. Had a short talk by Trevor and then walked around. Later stopped for more photos of Blessington Lakes. Back to Dublin for a timely return. Would suggest bringing a travel umbrella as Irish weather can be highly changeable.
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