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The Grand Tour Kildare Wicklow

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Kildare, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)40469117

Ireland in a nutsheel. Just you, the open road and a classic touring route that sweeps from the wilds of Wicklow to the horse peppered plains of Kildare. Approximate distance 324km (200 miles).

It’s Ireland in a nutshell.

Picture it. Just you, the open road, and a classic touring route that sweeps from the wilds of Wicklow to the horse peppered plains of Kildare.

The Grand Tour is the quintessential circuit of Kildare and Wicklow, taking in the most spectacular scenery, the most beautiful big houses and gardens and the most intriguing early Christian heritage sites, in a route as suited to a short visit as a long, leisurely meander.

While historically the ‘Grand Tour’ was a European sojourn undertaken by young aristocrats, Kildare Wicklow recaptures that experience on a smaller scale right on Dublin’s doorstep. This 324km touring route offers a complete Irish experience at your own sweet pace. Pick some highlights or themes to cover in a day or immerse yourself in the full experience and stay for two or three nights to fully appreciate its built and natural grandeur.

Roam from St. Kevin’s sixth century monastic settlement at Glendalough to great mansions like Russborough and Carton House. Stop to smell the flowers in ravishing Irish gardens, savour warm village welcomes, or soak up epic scenery ranging from grassy plains, glacial lakes and wild mountain passes to a delightful eastern coastline.

Along with the hotspots you’ll find plenty of hidden gems, a Givenchy dress worn by Princess Grace at the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons, a submerged townland beneath the Blessington Lakes, a fairy bower at Lullymore, at the heart of the Bog of Allen.

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure right on Dublin’s doorstep.
Place to see on route:
Avondale House and Forest Park
Blessington Lakes
Bog of Allen Nature Centre
Bray Promenade and Sealife Centre
Brittas Bay
Carton Avenue and Carton House
Castletown House
The Curragh
Glenmacnass Waterfall
Glencree Cemetery
Gordon Bennett Start Point
The Grand Canal - Robertstown
Great Sugar Loaf
Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Killruddery House & Gardens
Lough Tay
Lullymore Heritage Park
NUI Maynooth / St. Patrick’s College
Meeting of the Waters - Vale of Avoca
Mount Usher Gardens
Newbridge Silverware & Museum of Style Icons
Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall
Russborough House, Gardens and Maze
St. Brigid’s Cathedral
The Sally Gap
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
The Wicklow Gap and Leadmines

Approximate Distance: 201.3 miles/324km