Guided tour

From Dublin: Half-Day Trip to Glendalough and Wicklow

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Activity provider: Paddywagon Tours

From Dublin: Half-Day Trip to Glendalough and Wicklow

Activity provider: Paddywagon Tours
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From US$ 35.43 per person

Enjoy a half-day trip from Dublin to the nearby Wicklow Mountains. Spend a scenic afternoon touring through iconic Irish landscapes which have been featured in movies such as PS I Love You.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Tick the breathtaking glacial valley of Glendalough off your Irish bucket list
  • Lose yourself in nature and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day
  • Explore Glendalough's ancient Celtic-Christian ruins and beautiful waterfall
  • Look out for native Irish wildlife including playful deer and red squirrels
  • Relax with a late start and early return in time for an evening of fun in Dublin
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin and soak up the serenity of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough on a half-day trip. 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.

  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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4.1 /5

based on 84 reviews

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I can highly recommend the tour. We were only in Dublin for three days and a half day tour was perfectly timed. The guide was very informative, but I couldn't understand his accent very well. The excursion destinations were very nice for taking photos and the short hiking trail at the end was really great. Overall, this experience into the nature of Ireland was very worthwhile!

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May 7, 2022

Nice trip to Glendalough! Unfortunately, we didn't stop at the viewpoint like we did on the tour a few years ago, which offers a great view over the Wicklow Mountains... a little more time would have been good to walk to the waterfall. But you can also book the day trip to have more time on site. Otherwise absolutely recommendable

April 26, 2022

Our driver was right on time and was very nice. This was a half day trip which began in the afternoon. It was lovely to visit the park and have a chance to hike a bit. The other passengers all seemed very nice. On the other hand the drive was the major part of the trip. It felt like we spent a great deal of time in the bus.

April 1, 2022

Product ID: 410159