Irelands Ancient East, Lough Tay, Wicklow

Ireland’s Ancient East

Explore The Region…

Take a short break in Ireland’s Ancient East and visit places filled with quirky and memorable experiences. With the maps as your guide and itineraries as your inspiration, discover a region of legends and stories, from ancient times to modern day – a place brimming with culture, attractions, festivals and fun. Your adventure through Ireland’s Ancient East awaits!

Through the Gardens of the East


2 Day Tour covering Carlow & Wicklow


Borris House, Altamont Gardens, Glendalough, Powerscourt House & Gardens

Journey Overview:

This is a bite-size journey through Ireland’s Ancient East, taking in some of the most verdant gardens and picturesque estates in the country. Whatever the season, these gardens hold surprising discoveries for those of all ages; whether it’s a spring picnic on the lawn or a blustery autumn walk through the rose gardens, you’ll find something to pique your interest. From the 18th century ornamentation of Carlow, to the wild and rugged beauty of Glendalough, your journey through the gardens of Ireland’s Ancient East will leave you with a true taste of the landscape.

1 HR 40 MINS 80 KM 50 MILES

Route: Carlow, Wicklow

Points Of Interest: Borris House, Altamont Gardens

Journey Overview:

Start your two-day journey in Carlow, at stunning Borris House, home to the McMorrough Kavanaghs, former High Kings of Leinster. Rebuilt in the early 18th century, the house features a beautiful Stapleton ceiling, antiques, artwork and many examples of the legendary Borris Lace. Take a guided tour to immerse yourself in the world of the Big Houses of yore, then explore the nooks and crannies of the Borris Demesne, framed against the backdrop of Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountain. When your wander is finished, grab a coffee and a snack on Main Street in the adjoining town of Borris before taking the road north east towards Wicklow.

0 HRS 32 MINS 27 KM 17 MILES

Route: Wicklow

Points Of Interest: Glendalough, Powerscourt House & Gardens

Journey Overview:

In the monastic village of Glendalough, cast your mind back to what the spot must have been like in its heyday as a retreat for peace-seeking monks. But as you wander off into the surrounding hills, spare a thought for St Kevin who was drawn here in the 6th century by the serenity and beauty of the landscape. Walk to the water’s edge at the upper lake, before heading to the fern-green hills around Poulanass waterfall, which cascades gently over mossy rocks.