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We caught the tour at Dublin's Connolly Station. The tour guides are easy enough to find - they all wear bright yellow jackets. We got on a train headed South along the coast line before cutting inland into the mountains.
When you can see the ocean from the train, the views are pretty good. However, most of the time, the train tracks have walls and/or hedges blocking the view.
We got off the train at Arklow and got on a bus. There weren't many people on the tour with us. We were on one of the mid-sized bus and had plenty of room.
The bus then took us on tour. At the end of the tour, the bus dropped us off at the Bray DART station and we took an express back to Connolly Station.
Great Tours from Dublin 2006
(Without having to drive!)
In association with Irish Rail
From back of brochure -
Our Staff wear Bright Yellow Jackets at Dublin Station Check-Ins
Linda looks out the train window while the train makes its way through Dublin.
View of the coast from the train from Dublin O'Connoll Station South to Arklow.
We stopped in Avoca at the Avoca Hand weavers Mill, Shop, and Cafe. The mill is Ireland's oldest working mill. The mill workers were at lunch when we arrived so we didn't see them working the looms. We ate lunch at the little cafe at the mill. The food was good and the prices were reasonable. (The salad was amazing.)
We had a little time to walk around Avoca before getting back on the bus. I stopped in the Church of St. Mary and Patrick that is the backdrop for the BBC series "Ballykissangel." Nice Parish Church.
Linda is taking in the scenery as we drive from Avoca onward to the next stop.
Bust of Thomas Moore - famous Irish poet. Inscription reads:
Thomas Moore, Ireland's National Poet composed his immortal lyric "The Meeting of the Waters" under this tree in the year 1807.
The upper and larger of the two lakes at Glendalough or Valley of the Two Lakes. A large and important monastic city was on this site. It was destroyed and abandoned as a result of Oliver Cromwell's destruction of things Catholic. The monastic site was created around St. Kevin.
The Reefert Church's roof was taken off by Cromwell. Our wonderful guide, Jack tells the story of this church, one of many in the area.
Members of the tour group are viewing the Poulanass Falls at Glendalough. It is really starting to sleet on us at this point.
The entrance to the old monastery at Glendalough.
Main church at the Monastery. Bad, bad naughty Cromwell.
This little chapel (St. Kevin's Kitchen) survived Cromwell's vandalism because it had a stone roof. The roof couldn't be burned off the building.
St. Kevin's coffin was kept here. Since the coffin was made of wood, it began to decay after Cromwell's men torched the roof. St. Kevin's body was moved to another burial site.
The monastery watch tower. Pretty typical of the time and place. Used to see bad folks coming from a long ways off.
Two robins live next to the tower. They are both drawn to our guide who always brings bits of food for them.
The robin takes some crumbs from Jack's outstretched hand.