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

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

Visit the tower of Glendalough, admire the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and explore the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. First, make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy 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 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.

Kilkenny: Guided City Boat Tour with Kilkenny Castle Views

2. Kilkenny: Guided City Boat Tour with Kilkenny Castle Views

Boats depart from Canal Square and head upstream on the river Nore. Along the route, passengers will view the medieval architecture of Kilkenny, hear of the local history and take in sites such as the WW1 Memorial, St Canice’s Catheral and Kilkenny’s Round Tower. Turning at Greens Bridge, boats then travels back down stream, under Lady Desert bridge and St Johns Bridge, pass the boarding point, and beneath the shadow of the ever imposing, Kilkenny Castle. Continuing south, boats travels along the crest of Castle Weir through lush greenery to the ruins of Ormonde Woollen Mill. Here, boats turn once more and return passengers to the boarding pontoon at Canal Square. This Guided Boat Tours takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Kilkenny: Historical Highlights Walking Tour

3. Kilkenny: Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Explore Kilkenny's fascinating past on a walking tour with a certified guide. Walk through the city's historic streets, hearing stories about Kilkenny Castle, St. John's Priory, and more, as you stand in front of these impressive sights. Kick-start your historical adventure by the Kilkenny Crystal Shop. Then, cross the River Nore towards Kilkenny County Hall, where you will find out about the most famous scholar in Kilkenny's history. From there, head to St. John's Priory and the Butler Gallery. Continue on to Kilkenny County Library and the Great War Memorial. Cross into Irishtown and St. Canice's Cathedral, where the city's history began. See many other fascinating sights along the tour, including Kieran and Parliament streets, the Black Abbey, and more. Finish your tour in front of the stunning Kilkenny Castle, home to the Butler family for 600 years.

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

4. 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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What people are saying about Kilkenny Castle

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 478 reviews

This tour was informative of the Irish history and came with incredible views even in the rain. Our tour guide Maura was incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable on the areas we visited. We had plenty of time at each stop to explore and all the locals especially in Kilkenny were very friendly. Would highly recommend. The bus driver was lovely also. Lannigans (not sure on the spelling) sports bar was a lovely place with great food and lovely staff who were willing to help us understand the rules of the local sports.

A trip definitely worth taking. The visit at the sheepfarm gave it that extra little something. Would recommend it to anyone. Sean kept us well informed and entertained and Gary got us safe to wherever we needed to be :)

Sean and Bojan were fantastic today. Really enjoyed spending time with them and the tour, very insightful commentary and felt safe in the bus. Too bad we couldn't leave the people who were late behind though.

Guide Peter and driver Matko made our trip very interesting and enjoyable in every way. Highly recommended !

Great way to spend a day. Beautiful towns and mountain area. much recommended!