One Day ‘Off to the Bog’ Eco Day tours
This biodiversity awareness 1-day tour is an informational experience that takes us on a stunningly beautiful and educational journey through thousands of years of biodiversity in Ireland.
We will visit landscapes developed over millions of years, changed over thousands of years and utilised by man over hundreds of years.
The tour explores the life new and old around us. You will walk beneath the ancient forest canopy that once covered 95% of this Island and learn about its almost total destruction with climate change and the arrival of humans. You will hear about the growth of the bogs and the human utilization of it, how it shaped our lives, and in turn how we have changed the existence of it and its biodiversity. You will also experience and see how our forefathers learned to live harmoniously with the biodiversity of this land, and discover what we can do to help preserve this for our next generation.
(private groups only)
Departing Dublin and traveling through the heart of county Kildare, we make our way across to the mighty Bog of Allen (Móin Alúine in Irish). A raised bog of nearly 1000 square kilometers, this important area of natural heritage will be brought to life for us through the assistance of the Irish peatland Interpretive centre
We then make our way into County Wicklow, the largest uplands region of Ireland. Here we will explore the stunning blanket bogs that cape so much of the uplands of Ireland. A stark beauty compared to the flat barren raised bogs, the gentle rolling mountains of Wicklow provide a backdrop for some of the most extensive blanket bog in Ireland.
All the while travelling down through thousands of years of history into arguably the most beautiful and stunning of glaciated valleys that Ireland has to offer. Here amongst the glaciated lakes of Glendalough (valley of the two lakes) we will stroll through some of the ancient forests of Ireland into a world of saints and scholars. Now at our final destination, we will walk amongst the architecture of the monastic sites of over 1000 years ago, and marvel how people have existed with an awareness of biodiversity from one generation to the next, something hopefully we are now learning to protect.
Some of the Highlights:
- Raised and Blanket bogs
- Native ancient forestry
- Glaciated truncated landscapes (U shaped valleys)
- Glaciated lakes (Paternosters lakes)
- Early medieval monastic settlement
- National Park Interpretive centre (Glendalough)
- Bog of Allen Interpretive centre
- The story of people working the land
08:30 dep. Dublin city centre (drive time 1hr 10mins)
09:40 arr. Bog of Allen Nature Centre (visit time 2hr)
11:40 dep. Bog of Allen (drive time 1hr)
12:40 Blessington lunch (50mins)
13:30 Luggala photo stop and walk – blanket bog and Lough Tay (1hr)
14:30 dep. (drive time 30mins)
15:00 arr. Glendalough – monastic site (visit time 30mins)
15:30 forest walk to upper car park + interpretive centre (1hr)
16:30 depart Glendalough (drive time 1hr)
17:30 arrive back Dublin
Price for a private day tour:
October to April – €525 per day
May – September – €675 per day
How the pricing works:
The price is based on the private hire of a vehicle and driver, so its the same for a group of 2 people as it is for a group of 12.
Whats included in the price:
- Fully licensed and insured 4×4 Land Rover or Mercedes 13-seater minibuses (we have five of them).
- Professional, experienced and friendly driver-guide
- Consultation and advice on route-planning, budgeting and travel arrangements
- Pick up and drop off at Dublin location of your choice
If you would like further information on our private day tours to Wicklow, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the button below to check availability and book online.