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Dublin: Explore the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Kilkenny

1. Dublin: Explore the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Kilkenny

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Admire the views of the sprawling Wicklow Mountains and visit picturesque monastery of Glendalough. Then, explore the charming the medieval lanes of the city of Kilkenny. Depart from Dublin and set off on a luxury bus to Glendalough. As you journey out of the city, your guide will fill you in on many interesting facts and fun stories about Dublin. Arrive at Glendalough, considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the monastic settlement and some free time to explore the area or relax at a local café. The more adventurous can opt to take a hike to the Upper Lake and return via a boardwalk (approx. 2.5 km). Explore a route that takes you past the Lower Lake through a stunning nature trail that leads deep into the valley and on to the Upper Lake. Continue through the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive, your guide will tell you about its geology and history. Pass through famous movie locations featured in P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. Stop for a 10-minute photo opportunity at the Wicklow Gap before a scenic ride to Kilkenny. Once you reach Kilkenny, have free time to navigate the narrow lanes and historic buildings. Admire its extraordinary castle where you can picnic, or enjoy lunch in the local pubs. Then, join an optional guided tour of the city before making your way back to Dublin.

From Dublin: Half-Day Trip to Glendalough and Wicklow

2. From Dublin: Half-Day Trip to Glendalough and Wicklow

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin and soak up the serenity of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough on a day trip by bus. See sights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Roundwood village. The tour starts mid-afternoon, leaving you time for lunch or a pint of Guinness before the experience begins. After getting picked up from your chosen pickup point in central Dublin, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the capital as you travel to Glendalough.  Take in panoramic views of the aptly-named Sugar Loaf mountain and pass through the quaint village of Roundwood on your journey through the Wicklow Mountains. Upon arrival at Glendalough, soak up breathtaking Irish scenery, history, and wildlife at the "Valley of Two Lakes". Enjoy at least 90 minutes of free time to explore the Celtic Christian monastery ruins which were built on the lakeside by Saint Kevin many centuries ago. Discover intricately carved stone Celtic crosses and round towers where monks hid golden chalices and other valuables from the many Viking raids which took place in the region. Stand by the water's edge and scan the oak trees to see if you can spot the endangered native red squirrel at play. As you explore, try to spot the location where the Braveheart wedding scene was filmed and where PS I Love You's Gerard Butler famously bumped into Hilary Swank. Return to Dublin after an amazing afternoon in the fresh air of the Wicklow Mountains with photos and memories of your Irish adventure.

From Dublin: Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Morning Tour

3. 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.

Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough with Sheepdog Show

4. Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough with Sheepdog Show

Admire the tower of Glendalough, the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. Depart from Dublin and 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.

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, & Kilkenny Tour

5. From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, & Kilkenny 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 (entree fee not included), 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. Walking tour included. 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 (meaning glen of two lakes), where Christianity was re-introduced to Ireland after the Dark Ages. Learn about Saint Kevin, founder of the 7th-century monastery. Follow your guide on a walking tour to see intact architecture, such as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, Church and Round Tower. On the final part of your journey head 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 be treated to some traditional Irish music on the drive back to Dublin.

From Dublin: Wild Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Tour

6. From Dublin: Wild Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Tour

Get ready for an adventure like no other on the Original Wild Wicklow Tour! You’ll be greeted by your local guide, who’s not just your tour guide but your new best buddy for the day. As we leave the city behind, we’ll drive along the picturesque coast until we reach Killiney Hill. Here, you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs on a short walk (about 30 minutes) while soaking in jaw-dropping views of Dublin Bay – Ireland’s very own bay of Naples! We’ll make a pit stop at Avoca Handweavers Kilmacanogue, where you can refuel with a delicious morning coffee or explore the beautiful grounds at your leisure. Next up, it’s time to head into the real Wild Wicklow as we drive through Enniskerry Village and head to Sally Gap. Get ready to be wowed by the rugged beauty of Wicklow – think lakes, mountains, and boglands that’ll leave you speechless. And yes, you bet we’ll be stopping for plenty of Insta-worthy photos along the way! Feeling hungry? The charming village of Laragh has got you covered. Take your pick from a range of lunch options, from hearty Beef & Guinness Stew to cute little tea rooms and cafes. Yum! Now, onto one of the highlights of the tour – Glendalough! Explore the ancient monastic site with our expert guide, then enjoy some quiet time as you stroll along the serene tree-lined path to the Upper Lake. Ah, 90 minutes of pure bliss! But wait, there’s one last treat in store for you! Hop back on board our luxury coach and get ready to raise a glass – we’re serving up complimentary tastings of Jameson Whiskey to toast an epic day of adventure. So what are you waiting for? Grab your sense of adventure and join us for the Original Wild Wicklow Tour – where every moment is packed with fun, laughter, and memories to last a lifetime!

Day Tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin

7. 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 a guided walk. Hear fascinating stories about the historic region from expert guides. Depending on which option you select, your first stop will be a lovely spot in the mountains, where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as a 1.5-hour guided walk. 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, locations 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.

From Dublin: Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountain Full-Day Tour

8. From Dublin: Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountain Full-Day Tour

Travel through Kildare to historic Kilkenny on this full-day scenic tour from Dublin. Once the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny boasts Ireland’s finest Norman castle, and have the chance to buy a pint of Kilkenny beer in the city where it is produced. Board the comfortable and climate-controlled bus in Dublin and begin your day trip. Relax on the drive to Kilkenny past sparkling lakes, dense forests and babbling brooks.  Arrive in Kilkenny and enjoy free time to shop for traditional Irish crafts like unique knitwear, pottery and glass. Spend your time strolling through quaint streets or popping into a local pub for a delicious Kilkenny beer. 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.” Head to the megalithic portal tomb of Brownshill Dolmen to uncover how ancient Irish ancestors buried their dead and celebrated their passage into the next world. Return to your meeting point in Dublin at the end of your day trip. 

From Dublin: Premium Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour

9. From Dublin: Premium Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour

This day trip to Wicklow blends Irish culture, history, and the natural world to offer you a variety of gorgeous experiences. It leaves from the Molly Malone Statue in Dublin and travels to notable locations. Being the first of its sort in Ireland, Beyond the Trees Avondale is a breathtaking destination. A 38-meter observation tower with a 360° panoramic view of Avondale woodland, the Avoca Valley, and the Wicklow Mountains is accessible via an aerial walkway that winds across the woodland. On the climb up, visitors can hear the spotted woodpeckers' call and see the area fauna. For an exhilarating drop, there's a spiral slide from the tower that costs extra. Situated in the "valley of the two lakes," Glendalough is a historic gem surrounded by breathtaking scenery. It was created as a monastery retreat in the sixth century by Saint Kevin. Wandering around the remnants of the ancient city, visitors can learn about Ireland's spiritual and historical heritage. You can also have lunch at a neighbouring restaurant. Direction to Hollywood, the original settlement called before its namesake in California, combines historical intrigue with scenic vistas. A playful homage to its well-known predecessor, Wicklow's take on the Hollywood sign is worth spotting. A typical Irish sheep farm's sheepdog demonstration highlights various aspects of farm life, such as raising sheep and cultivating organic vegetables. The demonstration of a shepherd using his dogs to guide his sheep is the highlight and provides a unique insight into the day-to-day activities in Wicklow. This tour's stops are all intended to provide guests with an immersive view of the Wicklow region's natural beauty, rich history, and agricultural way of life.

Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour w/ Glendalough Visit

10. Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour w/ Glendalough Visit

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.

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We had an amazing day exploring Ireland. Phil was a lovely guide that provided us with a lot of interesting facts. :) Thank you very much! Can 100% recommend this tour!

We had an amazing guide, Phil, who knew a lot of interesting historical facts, jokes and even songs! Very good experience overall! I totally recommend this trip!

It was a lovely day with Phil and Alec. Both very friendly, helpful and funny. The organisation and punctuality were very good.

Fantastic trip. Especially our host, what a great storyteller. See to it that you don’t loose him. 😃

She was very beautiful even if it was raining it didn't cause any problem. The places are great