We are based in Blessington West Wicklow 20 miles (30km) from Dublin City Centre it takes just 40 minutes travelling through West Dublin to reach us. Blessington is a gateway to the Wicklow National Park and was once a frontier between the "wild" Irish and civilized settlers within the pale. West Wicklow has some stunning scenery that we would love to share with you.
Our tour begins with collection from the Dublin Tourist office on Suffolk street at 10am. By 11am we are on our way, our first stop is at an ancient ring fort also known as a "fairy fort". These forts have a strong association with Irish folklore as will be explained. From here we travel along a mix of country roads and bike trails stopping every 15 minutes to take in a view or hear another story thus allowing everyone to take a break and catch their breath. The tour visits Russborough house; it is often referred to as the most beautiful house in Ireland. It was built between 1740-50 in the palladian style and displays a fine art collection. In addition are several crafts workshops including a blacksmith with working forge; a weaver with working handlooms; a wood-turner, a candle maker, stone mason and cafe.
Finally back at our stables we tell you the story of the Irish Horse, using prop's. posters and real horses! All this takes place under cover from the weather, we tell you about the farm horse, hunting horse and with
full chainmail armour; the war horse. Finally at 3.30pm its time to load the landrover and travel back into Dublin to return to the tourist office in