Day Tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin
Experience the tranquility of Wicklow Mountains National Park on a full-day tour from Dublin
Enjoy a guided walk, ride a horse, or cycle through a breathtaking landscape
Visit Glendalough and see the 6th-century monastic settlement founded by the hermit priest, St. Kevin
See film locations from famous movies
Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you stand in an ancient untouched environment
Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims and hermit monks on a full-day tour of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Visit a Japanese Garden, see a monastery, and discover movie locations. Then choose to ride horses, go cycling, or take a guided hill walk.
Your first stop will be a lovely spot in the mountains, where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as a 2-hour guided hill walk, a horse-riding adventure, or a wonderful cycle. If you want a less energetic experience, visit Powerscourt Gardens and stroll through the delightful Japanese garden.
Continue through the valleys and glens of Wicklow Mountains, stopping at Enniskerry, where the movies P.S. I Love You and Leap Year were filmed. Drive by the ribbon-shaped Lough Tay, and get spectacular mountain views of Sally's Gap and Guinness Lake, location for scenes from the blockbuster films Excalibur and Braveheart.
Pass through Hollywood, a pleasant village that was once a popular destination for pilgrims. You will come to a Celtic Stone Circle known as Piper Stones, where you will hear about the strange group of dancers and piper who were frozen to stone in a circle for making merry during the Sabbath. End your tour at the tiny 6th-century monastery of Glendalough, and learn about the hermit priest, St. Kevin.
• Walking guides
• Horse riding
• Cycling equipment
What's Not Included:
• Entrance fee to Powerscourt Gardens (discounted fee of €6.50)
Good to Know:
• Please note that the activities are add-ons and need to be purchased at the time of booking
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“The perfect day!”
Reviewed by Courtney from Sydney, Australia on June 16th, 2014 We had a wonderful time on the tour! Terry, our guide, was so positive and fun, and it helped that the weather was uncharacteristically amazing too! We had enough time for everything, and it was a fun, and easy-going group, and Terry taught us a lot about the places we were visiting and there were plenty of photo ops. No complaints at all. The only comment I'd like the make is that the horse-riding tour was a bit too restricted for my liking, as I have done other similar activities with more freedom, however, I guess this is due to the different safety standards, and I completely understand anyway - nevertheless, the sites we saw on the trail were amazing! Would recommend this tour still :)
“Great tour, great sites, great guide”
Reviewed by Dylan from Stevensville, Canada on June 9th, 2014 Overall this your was exactly what I was hoping it would be. We saw historical
Sites of past Vikings and many cool views and different significant places.
“A wonderful experience travelling through the Wicklow countryside.”
Reviewed by Philip from Elgin, United Kingdom on March 22nd, 2014 In the small group which I shared the day, the weather was variable.
The guide was light hearted and we'll informed.
The places that we visited and the routes that we took were all lovely.
I would recommend this tour to everyone, wanting an alternative to visiting Dublin.
Reviewed by Jennifer from Covina, United States on October 17th, 2013 Our Tour guide was great. Really emphasized the history of Dublin and Wicklow.
“Really enjoyable day”
Reviewed by Jemma from Middlesex, United Kingdom on August 29th, 2013 The tour guide was excellent, really funny and informative, would definitely reccomend!
“Breathtaking scenery with an awesome tour guide”
Reviewed by Margaux from Miami Beach, United States on August 26th, 2013 We had an amazing time on our tour with Sandra. She gave us a ton of history on Ireland and the Wicklow area, and was very relaxed. We stopped at the bridge used in P.S. I Love You and a few other beautiful spots.
My only issue was the horseback riding part of the tour -- I expected to be taking out on trails and for a scenic ride, but we had more of a lesson and then ride along some trails in a farm area. I know we were beginners, but I've taken horseback riding tours before and definitely done more than that. However this was not even done through Hilltrek, they just partnered with the stable, so everything done directly through the company was great.
“Uphill and worth it!”
Reviewed by Ellen from Zephyrhills, United States on May 30th, 2013 Beautiful scenery, wonderful weather, marvelous lunch at Poppie's and a knowledgeable and entertaining guide named Wayne! And in Ireland! Absolutely perfect.
“Great day of fun.”
Reviewed by Virginia from Osterville, United States on April 15th, 2013 Michael, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional.
“Good Tour, but a little too expensive for what is it.”
Reviewed by Carole from FROUARD, France on November 26th, 2012 We have choosen horses as activity, Beginner can go without fears, but in the 2 hourses, you do 1 hour inside and 1 outside, in which you don't see beautiful view of Wicklow...
The rest of the tour id pretty good, anf the guide is nice.
“Amazing tour around Wicklow Mountains”
Reviewed by Marina from lleida, Spain on November 2nd, 2012 I\'m not very found of tours, I think you usually spend more time in the bus than outside it enjoying the views and feeling the countryside! That\'s why I choose this tour, you have enough time in every stop to visit the village, the ruins, or the views of the amazing National Park!
A part from that, the possibility of visit the national park by horse riding is absolutely incredible, and it makes you feel that you are part of the environment, not just a foreign tourist!
“Perfect way to explore Wicklow Mountains in one day”
Reviewed by Rachel from Galway, Ireland on October 30th, 2012 I chose to do a day tour because I had limited time and didn't want to rent a car and drive around the mountains. This tour was great because it hit several of the highlights - including several scenic overlooks, the bridge from P.S. I Love You, and the town of Enniskerry. Our guide Michael was a lot of fun. I had a great time on the hike - it was a wonderful way to see the mountains and allowed for some great photo ops. However, my friend didn't have such a good time because she was wearing sneakers, and her feet were cold and wet and she kept slipping. So if you do the hike, bring some good boots.
Reviewed by Jenifer from Gary, United States on October 4th, 2012 First off, Michael, the guide, was a gem! He truly loves his job and it shows through. The tour through Wicklow was breath taking. I participated in the horseback riding, which an excellent riding lesson was provided. However, I would like to return and take part in the hiking activity, you simply can't get enough of the beautiful surroundings! Thanks Much!
“All the beautiful spots of Wicklow & Glendalough in just 1 day!”
Reviewed by Jil from Leende, Netherlands on September 20th, 2012 Everything from the tour was greatly arranged, we went out for a hikingtour through the Wicklows Mountains first, I was scared my condition wasn't good enough for hiking, because I never do such things. But our guide was experienced, funny and let us rest everytime we wanted to. The hikingtour lasted 2 hours and meanwhile he showed us the most beautiful spots of the area while he told us nice facts. It was very lovely. After a nice lunch in the Wicklow village we went driving trough the mountains, the stunning valley where many movies such as PS I Love You were filmed at. After that we went to the city of Glendalough where the monastery was situated. That was beautiful and there was a very interesting history behind the ruines of the Cathedral and burial place. It was an unique experience which was both active and non-active, seeing both beautiful, unique nature ánd culture just a 30 minutes ride outside of Dublin. Also, our guide Michael from hilltoptreks.ie was funny and enthusiastic
Reviewed by Lina from Lycksele, Sweden on September 15th, 2012 We had a really good guide, Micheal, for this tour. He personally knew the mountains and was familiar with the surroundings, that was a big plus because it gave us the feeling that he was also enjoying himself and was invested in our tour. We saw some really beautiful scenery and the tour was perfect length and a perfect blend of crusing in the car and being outdoors. We would like to recommend the hike alternative, the views were really good and it was a nice chance to ask Micheal questions and get to know the group. It as a small group so we could talk to everybody and get to know really nice people, that was a bonus!
“Perfect tour! Great combo of tour and walking...the guide was awesome!”
Reviewed by Kelli from Hopkins, United States on August 20th, 2012 We spent the morning driving through the countryside to really get a taste of how amazing the views are. Then in the afternoon, we hiked up the mountain and had a picnic lunch at the top. I would recommend this company over all the others...it is a smaller company and the guide actually cares about what you want to see. It's cool because the guide isn't stuck doing the exact same tour every day...he changes it based on what the group wants each day! He truly cares about his job and showing you as much of the area as he can in a day, very knowledgeable! I would have gotten right back on the bus the next day for a different tour if I could have! Thanks so much "St. Michael"! ;)
“Active tour with very enthusiastic guide”
Reviewed by Birgit from Landau, Germany on July 17th, 2012 This was my first day tour when I went to Ireland this summer and it was very good so it set high expectations in my following guided tours in Galway. We had a great hike up a hill (I forgot the name) from which we had a fabulous panorama view. Michael was a very enthusiastic and funny guide who told us a lot about the area through which we were driving. I guess he was a bit disappointed because the few people on the bus weren't very talkative. It was only me and another girl doing the hike but we enjoyed the fresh air, the scenery and our conversations with Michael. When driving along the Wicklow way Michael stopped for us to take some pictures. I loved the landscape and I wish we would have had the time to walk through this area but of course you cannot do everything on one tour. In the afternoon we went to Glendalough and had a walk around one of the lakes.
I recommend this tour to everyone who likes to do more active things and get close to nature.
“A Perfect Day out of the City”
Reviewed by Monika from Pfronten, Germany on June 9th, 2012 We, a group of ten ladies, went on the Wicklow tour with Hilltop Trecks and were very impressed! Terry, our guide was lively, nice and very informative. The tour itself was well planned with breaks for refreshments, lots of amazing views and enough great photo stops - he even stopped at a few unplanned locations so we could take some extra pictures.
We would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get out of Dublin for a day and enjoy the country side!
Thanks for this great tour.
“Prodigious Wicklow Mountains National Park - Jim is the best guide!”
Reviewed by Ramona from Freyung, Germany on April 10th, 2012 Our happiness consisted in being led and taught by the most motivated guide ever.
My boyfriend and I were enthustiac over the prodigious Wicklow Mountains National Park Tour. Our guide did a heck of a job - more than anyone could ask for. From end to end he related about many worthwhile things to know. We were also brought to gorgeus and unaffected landscapes.
Summarizing I have to say: A memorable day with unblemished weather and a marvellous guide. Thank you!
“Fantastic tour that should not be missed”
Reviewed by Karl from Grand Prairie, United States on August 21st, 2011 I've taken a few tours in Dublin and this one is by far the best. The tour guide was immensely knowledgeable and very friendly. On the way to Wicklowe, he told us fascinating stories of the history of Dublin and of the surrounding areas. When we finally arrived in Wicklowe, we got off for our horse ride, which was very pleasant.
The horse keepers were very nice and friendly. They catered to riders of all experience. If you are worried about getting on a horse for the first time like I was, don't. The instructor was very encouraging and taught us how to control the horse, gallop and jump. After learning and practicing, we went on a brief ride on a side street behind the stables, taking in some beautiful views of the mountains. I believe the hikers get a bit better view, but the horse riding was very enjoyable and I recommend it.
Afterwords, we were picker back up by the tour guide and continued on in the bus for the rest of the day. We made several breath taking stops.
“Very kompetent and friendly.”
Reviewed by Norbert from Cottbus, Germany on August 20th, 2011 Very competent guide with a personal approach. You get a lot of information beyond anything a written guide could offer. I very much appreciated the chance to get off the bus for a walking tour for two hours though you could also have booked biking or horseriding.
Reviewed by Laetitia from Zwolle, Netherlands on July 23rd, 2011 Tour was great, not a hop off, hop on thing! Guide was nice and fun. Done a lot of seeing and walking. Really a must do if you are in Dublin!
“Two thumbs up!!!”
Reviewed by Julija from Kilkenny, Ireland on June 23rd, 2011 My sincere and huge thanks to our guide Jim. The trip wouldn't be half so interesting without lots of stories that Jim told us during our trip to Glendalough and Wicklow mounbtains. I would truly recommend this trip to my friends.
“Nos dejaron tirados en los montes Wicklow...”
Reviewed by Maria from Santander, Spain on July 24th, 2014 Nos perdimos por la incompetencia de la guía. Tras encontrar el camino y llegar al punto de encuentro con media hora de retraso nos encontramos con que se habían marchado sin nosotros, dejándonos en medio de un parque natural sin opción ninguna.
“Compañia absolutamente irresponsable”
Reviewed by Luis from Santander, Spain on July 16th, 2014 Tras una perdida absoluta de mañana en la que, habiendo contratado el walking tour, se nos hace perder el tiempo subiendo a una "colina" (si puede llamarse así) para ver unas vistas que no rinden en absoluto homenaje a Irlanda. Este tour consiste en dos paradas en distintos puntos de los montes Wicklow (preciosos, y muy recomendables de ver) y una parada final en un monasterio cerca del parque nacional.
Espantosa labor de la Guía, la cual en un primer momento, parecía improvisar sobre lo que hacer en la mañana.. y la cual no tenía mucha idea de lo que estábamos haciendo. Al final del tour, se invitaba a caminar a traces del parque de Wicklow (cerca del monasterio). Para poder apreciar mejor las vistas de los lagos. En ese punto, la guía nos recomendó coger un camino que según ella duraba 20' pero era el mas bonito. Dicho sendero nos llevo 1h y 40' y cuando llegamos al punto de reunión, la guía había vuelto a Dublín.
Ninguna ayuda por parte de la oficina para volver a Dublin.
“Sehr schöne Tour mit netter Gauide!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Föhren, Germany on June 9th, 2014 Einsammeln am Treffpunkt hat gut geklappt, die geführte Wanderung war sehr schön (mit einem sehr tollen Aussichtspunkt). Während der Busfahrt hat unser Guide Emily viel erzählt und erklärt. Der letzte Stop in Glendalough mit schönem Spaziergang war das Ende der Tour - ingesamt ein entspannender, schöner Tag.
“Een mooie ervaring met een geweldige gids.”
Reviewed by Dennis from Hoensbroek, Netherlands on May 8th, 2014 Meteen nadat het busje begint te rijden krijg je verhalen over enkele gebouwen binnen de stad Dublin. De verhalen blijven je gedurende de hele reis erg goed vermaken en laten zien dat Ierland echt een land is waar folklore een grote rol speelt. De wandeling zelf is erg goed te doen, wel loop je over onverharde paden maar dat vormt totaal geen probleem. De bezienswaardigheden waar we deden stoppen waren erg mooi en gaven een goed beeld over de omgeving rondom Dublin. Ook wees de gids andere bezienswaardigheden aan die de moeite waard zijn om te bezoeken, samen met de informatie over hoe je er moet komen. Gedurende de ritjes werd je vermaakt door de amusante en interessante verhalen van de gids.
Al met al was het een super ervaring en dat was ook mede te danken aan de geweldige gids James.
“tolle Landschaft, sehr netter Guide, alles bestens, danke!”
Reviewed by Wilhelm from Gänserndorf, Austria on April 23rd, 2014 wie ich ee erwartet habe, sehr gut
“Wanderung für Kletteraffen”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Hamburg, Germany on April 21st, 2014 Unser Guide machte keinen sehr profesionellen Eindruck. Sie parkte zwischendurch mal ohne uns Bescheid zu sagen warum, stieg aus und kam nach einigen Min. wieder. Wenn sie dann mal was erzählt hatte, war es ohne Mikro, so das wir hinten in der letzten Reihen nichts verstanden hatten. In dem völlig veralteten Bus (bei der Fahrweise) hatte man sich einen funktionierenden Sicherheitsgurt gewünscht. Als es dann zur Wanderung kam, ging sie in einem derartigen Tempo, dass man als unerfahrener Wanderer nicht hinterher kam. Außerdem nichts für Unerfahrene: das ständige Bergauf gekletter auf diesem fiesen Untergrund. Nachdem diese Tortur endlich vorbei war, gab es eine anständige Mittagspause. Danach ging es ziemlich entspannend weiter durch die anderen lohnenden Sehenswürdigkeiten.
“Gute Tour mit sympathischem Reiseleiter”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Frankfurt, Germany on April 14th, 2014 Alles in allem gut. Tatsächlich haben wir etwas mehr erwartet hinsichtlich schöner Landschaften und Bilder was aber nicht heißen soll das wir enttäuscht wurden. Der Reiseleiter war sehr freundlich aber ab und zu zu viel mit seinem Handy und sich beschäftigt.
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Krefeld, Germany on April 10th, 2014 Trotz teilweise regnerischem Irischen Wetter ein Erlebnis. Etwas schad efand ich, das man nicht die Powerscourt. Gardens mit den freiwilligen Aktivitäten kombinieren konnte. Z.B.: Powerscourt Gardens ODER Reitausflug.
Aber da muss man Prioritäten setzen. Alles in allem ein cooler Trip!
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“Uphill and worth it!”
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