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The outline of the Wicklow tour is as follows:
Your Wicklow tour kicks off with a glorious walk in Glendalough. There are many walks in the area, but you will be heading out on the Short Spinc Walk which begins by winding its way through the Lugduff Valley before passing Poulanass Waterfall and heading up a steep hill to reach the boardwalk.
The views from the Spinc Ridge across Glendalough are majestic, and the walk ends by winding down through the forest, making for a thoroughly enjoyable circular route.
After a big walk you will have worked up a ravenous appetite but the folks at the Wicklow Heather Restaurant will sort you out. With slow roasted leg of Wicklow lamb, fillet of Irish salmon, and spinach and ricotta tortellini on the menu, there will be something for everyone.
Whiskey lovers are in for a treat next as you head to The Powerscourt Distillery, the home of Fercullen Whiskey, for a tour and whiskey tasting experience. You will get the chance to view the state-of-the-art distillation equipment while learning how the famous spirit is made, before heading to the warehouse where the whiskey is matured to achieve its rich taste and colour. The tour ends with a tasting of three special Fercullen whiskeys.
You will then check in to the stunning Powerscourt Hotel. With a gently curving façade, complete with beautiful archways and terrace, looking out over a perfectly manicured lawn and water feature, Powerscourt is the ideal idyllic retreat.
This evening you will dine on the terrace of Powerscourt’s renowned Sika Restaurant. The views from the terrace really are hard to beat as they take in the lush forests and hills of Wicklow, with Sugar Loaf Mountain providing the perfect backdrop.
The chefs at Sika make the most of Ireland’s rich natural larder, using premium ingredients to craft delectable dishes. Slaney Valley lamb, Barbary duck, and Hereford beef fillet are just some of the delicacies on offer.
Day two begins with a tour of Powerscourt House and Gardens. The Lonely Planet Guide voted Powerscourt as one of the top ten houses in the world, and it will take you no time at all to realise why as you approach this magnificent estate.
Starting life as a 13th century castle, Powerscourt has been extensively altered over the years to transform it into the grand house it is today. There are a number of premium artisan stores at Powerscourt, so if you’re looking for a gift for loved ones, this is the perfect place.
Don’t spend too long shopping though as the gardens are simply unmissable. There is lots on offer, too, with Japanese Gardens, Walled Gardens, an Italian Garden, lakes, sculptures, and much, much more to see.
You will then stop by Russborough House and Park, home to one of the most impressive private collections of European fine art in all of Ireland. Feel free to explore the house, an exquisite example of Georgian architecture, as well as the park and gardens. Here you will find the famous Russborough Maze. The maze is formed by carefully pruning beech hedges and has a statue of Fame, a Greek goddess, in the middle to help you out should you lose your bearings.
Once you find your way out of the maze you will head to The Enniskerry Inn for lunch where they serve delicious BBQ food on top of an extensive traditional menu.
After a hearty meal it’s time for a peaceful stroll down Brittas Bay Beach which is not only stunning but also a crucial conservation site. The white beach and rolling sand dunes stretch, uninterrupted, for 5km down the coast, making it the ideal spot to walk off your lunch.
You will then return to Powerscourt Hotel where this evening you will dine in the Sugar Loaf Lounge. Delicate chandeliers adorn the ceiling while wood panelling and marble floors combine to deliver a most sophisticated ambience.
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