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From Dublin: Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Full-Day Trip

1. From Dublin: Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Full-Day Trip

Take a walk on the Wicklow side of life and enjoy the most beautiful countryside in Ireland. Start your journey in comfort and style aboard a luxury bus. Sparkling lakes, dense forests, and romantic babbling brooks make this a spectacular scenic drive and a fine day out from the big city. You will also see the scenery made famous by films such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You. Once you arrive in Wicklow, you’ll be welcomed by the dramatic mountains, rugged peaks, steep valleys, and forest trails. You’ll journey to the enchanting site of Glendalough, home to the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Follow in the footsteps of saints and scholars at the 6th-century monastic settlement.

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From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

2. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

Leave Dublin for the day on a truly scenic drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Visit Kilkenny, Glendalough, and the Wicklow Mountains as you explore the heartlands of medieval Ireland. From Dublin, head first to Kilkenny, once the medieval capital of Ireland and home to Ireland’s finest Norman castle. Discover a city steeped in history that was also the location of one of Ireland’s earliest witch trials, the famous story of Dame Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronilla. En route to Glendalough, drive into the wild Wicklow Mountains of County Carlow. Watch as the landscape changes from lush green pastures and gentle valleys to the glacial valleys of the Wicklow Gap. Continue to the monastic city of St. Kevin at Glendalough, best known for the wedding scenes in the blockbuster movie “Braveheart” and famous as the location for the film “PS I Love You.” Once you arrive in Glendalough, you’ll have time to explore one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland, in an area renowned for its magnificent scenery and monastic ruins that date back to the 10th century. Finally, return to Dublin.

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Dublin: The Dublin Pass with Entry to Over 35 Attractions

3. Dublin: The Dublin Pass with Entry to Over 35 Attractions

With the digital Dublin Pass, enjoy unlimited access to more than 35 sites attractions and sites including the Guinness Storehouse, Chester Beatty Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and many more. Explore all there is to do in Dublin at your own pace. Pay nothing at the gate; simply show your QR-coded pass on your phone and you're in. Your pass includes free entry to over 35 attractions, including: Airfield Estate Aquazone @ the National Aquatic Centre Castletown House and Parklands Christ Church Cathedral Dublin City Hall Dublinia Dublin Zoo Glasnevin Museum Guinness Storehouse James Joyce Centre Jeanie Johnston Tallship and Famine Museum Little Museum of Dublin Malahide Castle & Gardens National Wax Museum PLUS Old Jameson Distillery Rainforest Adventure Golf Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Skerries Mills Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum Farmleigh House & Estate Newbridge House & Farm Dublin Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum Irish Rock 'n Roll Museum Experience National Botanic Gardens Teelings Whiskey Distillery Tour Walking Food Tours - Beer on Foot Walking Food Tours - Food on Foot Casino Model Railway Museum additionally, receive a special offer gift at Dublin attractions where public entry is free: Chester Beatty Library Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Irish Museum of Modern Art National Gallery of Ireland National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

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From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

4. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

First, make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy a 2-hour walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop. Visit the Monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore for 2 hours the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

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Day Tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin

5. Day Tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin

Explore the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park on a full-day tour from Dublin and enjoy fun outdoor activities such as hill walks, horse rides, and cycling adventures. Hear fascinating stories about the historic region from expert guides and travel in groups of no more than 16 people. Your first stop will be a lovely spot in the mountains, where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as a 1.5-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. End your tour at the tiny 6th-century monastery of Glendalough, and learn about the hermit priest, St. Kevin. Here you will have some time to enjoy a walk or just relax in this beautiful spot, known as "the valley of the two lakes", before returning to Dublin.

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Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

6. Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

This tour brings you to the best places in the Wicklow mountains. Your Italian guide will brief you about the monastic site of St. Kevin in Glendalough and will walk you to the lakes in the National Park. Visit the award-winning gardens at Powerscourt with their curious pet graveyard, the Japanese garden, the winged horses, the Rapunzel tower, and much much more. After a full day of fresh outdoor exploring, take the chance to enjoy the traditional Irish Stew at the pub Johnnie Fox's, probably the most hidden gem of the Wicklow mountains. Menu: • Starter: Salad or vegetable soup with brown homemade bread • Main: Irish stew or vegetarian lasagne • Dessert: Whiskey cake • Tea or coffee • Vegetarian, vegan and kids options available on request

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Ireland: Blarney Castle, Kilkenny & Irish Whiskey 3-Day Tour

7. Ireland: Blarney Castle, Kilkenny & Irish Whiskey 3-Day Tour

Discover the scenic splendor of southeast Ireland on a 3-day tour of the lush farmlands of Kildare, the stunning Wicklow Mountains, and the fabled Copper Coast road to Waterford. Stop at historic monasteries and castles, learn about the fateful voyage of the Titanic from Cobh, and go to the famous Waterford Crystal Factory.  Enjoy a more personal experience in this small group tour with maximum of 16 passengers on a top of the range Mercedes luxury mini-coach, while a quaint bed and breakfast accommodation for 2 nights provides a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart Dublin for Cork, driving through the lush farm counties of Kildare, Laois, and Tipperary. Make a short stop in the heritage town of Cahir to see the ruined abbey and impressive castle on an island in the River Suir. Continue to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork. Visit the castle and take one of the woodland walks to the mystical Rock Close. Explore the village of Blarney, stopping for lunch.  There may even be time to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. After this, there is a chance to discover Jameson Whiskey Distillery and taste one of Ireland's favorite exports. In the afternoon, tour the beautiful coastline of West Cork, and see some of the magnificent beaches, tiny inlets and coves. End the day in the fishing village of Kinsale, where you will be based for the night. Kinsale is famous for its food, and the evening is free to wander the narrow streets, popping into traditional pubs and restaurants. Day 2: Explore some of the highlights of southeast Ireland, starting with the historic port of Cobh, the main departure point for Irish emigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was also from here that the Titanic ocean liner set forth on her ill-fated maiden voyage. Continue east to Waterford, traveling along the “Copper Coast” (a designated UNESCO geo-park for its spectacular beauty). Stop at the popular surfing beach of Tramore, before heading into Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, it’s also famous for the Waterford Crystal Factory, which you are free to visit along with one of the excellent museums. Alternatively, explore the Viking Triangle on foot. In the late afternoon, depart for the busy city of Kilkenny with its fine castle and park, as well as some lovely riverside walks. Go to the National Craft Centre, or hang out in one of the pubs and enjoy a glass of Guinness! Day 3: Enjoy a free morning to explore Kilkenny before driving to the Wicklow Mountains. Marvel at some of Ireland’s highest granite peaks and see impressive valleys carved by glaciers. One of the area’s highlights is Glendalough, known as the “Valley of the Lakes.” Take one of the walking trails, or explore the ruins of the 6th-century monastery to see its round tower. The last section of your tour takes you into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, before crossing the famous Sally Gap to descend into Dublin for an approximate 18:30 arrival.

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From Dublin: Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Morning Tour

8. From Dublin: Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Morning Tour

Travel out of Dublin and into the countryside around on a 5-hour morning or afternoon tour to Glendalough and Wicklow. The tour begins with an introduction to Dublin City, as you head south toward County Wicklow, known affectionately as the Garden of Ireland. Sparkling lakes, dense forests, and romantic babbling brooks make this a spectacular scenic drive and a fine day out from the big city. You will also see the scenery made famous by films such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You. Make your way over the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, the valley of the 2 lakes. Enjoy a relaxing walk to the Upper Lake and explore the monastic ruins of St. Kevin's monastery. Then enjoy lush surroundings as you make your way through the Sally Gap before returning to Dublin.

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From Dublin: Wicklow and Glendalough Tour

9. From Dublin: Wicklow and Glendalough Tour

Your day tour to Wicklow departs from Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church, in Dublin. Experience the working side of Wicklow with a visit to a working Irish sheep farm. Meet your friendly local farmer, who will introduce you to farm life, like the diverse farming practices of sheep farming and the commands used to control the sheepdogs. The highlight of this stop is a sheepdog exhibition where the farmer will corral the sheep with their trusty border collies. After a scenic rural drive, stop off in Hollywood also known as 'the original Hollywood.' Then stop for lunch in Laragh (lunch not included). Then head to the beautiful valley and monastic site of Glendalough, where Saint Kevin settled in the 6th century. Here you will have 1.5 hours to discover the area. Continue through the scenic Wicklow Gap, journeying along the military road which was built after the 1798 rebellion in an attempt to flush out the rebels hiding in the Wicklow Mountains. Take your picture at the "P.S. I Love You" bridge and see Lough Tay, surrounded by blanket bog and mountain peaks.

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Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Full-Day Tour

10. Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing tour of some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes, including the 12th-century castle of Kilkenny, the rugged Wicklow Mountains, and the 7th-century monastery of Glendalough. The first stop is Kilkenny Castle, majestically located on the banks of the River Nore. The craft capital of Ireland, you can visit the Kilkenny Art and Design Centre to get a better appreciation of the craft traditions of goldsmiths, sculptors, painters and more. Stroll around the cobblestone streets, and visit Saint Frances Brewery, Ireland’s oldest. Admire the magnificent silk merchant’s mansion of Rothe House, containing priceless Viking artifacts. And walk in the medieval gardens to see historic varietals of fruit and veg, such as Gortahok cabbage and Blood of Boyne apples. Enjoy lunch in one of the city’s artisan cafés. En route to Glendalough, drive into the wild Wicklow Mountains of County Carlow. Watch as the landscape changes from lush green pastures and gentle valleys, to the glacial valleys of Wicklow Gap, giving it a cinematic quality that made it a popular location to shoot movies such as “Braveheart” and “PS I Love You.” Continue over the mountains to explore the monastic site of Glendalough, where Christianity was re-introduced to Ireland after the Dark Ages. Learn about Saint Kevin, founder of the 7th-century monastery, and see intact architecture, such as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, Church and Round Tower. Meaning “Glen of 2 Lakes,” a hike around the glen’s lower lake takes less than 1 hour, while a walk around the upper lake takes just over 1 hour. The final part of your epic journey takes you through the highest village in Ireland, known as Roundwood. Marvel at the Sugarloaf Mountains, which were higher than the Alps before the Ice Age. Pass Powerscourt Estate and the Glen of Imaal en route to Kilnacanogue. Your guide will regale you with stories about Ireland, and you’ll even be treated to some traditional Irish music as you drive back to Dublin.

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What people are saying about Glendalough

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,674 reviews

Made the tour with Sean and Michael and it was one of the nicest and very chill tours I had. The time allotted to every sites was fair and you don’t feel so rushed. The bus was comfortable and I felt safe with the journey. It’s best if you bring food with you during the trip as it’s better to go and see the sights than going to eat somewhere on stopovers. Covid safety was always checked and reminded to everyone.

Well timed and well organized. Enjoyable and easy going. The sheep dog demonstration kept things lively after a lovely hike. Sean is a perfect guide who is professional and friendly. His information is interesting, well timed, and valuable without wearing you out. Highly recommend the trip.

Shame about the weather but we really enjoyed the trip and the tour guide and driver were brilliant and couldn’t have been more helpful. We recommend the tour and will travel with them again :)

Informative trip with Sean who is well knowledgeable with the history of Irish.

nice trip, wish we could have more time at Kilkenny