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Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Full-Day Tour

Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Full-Day Tour

From $37.40 per person

Take a journey through Ireland on a full-day tour of the Wicklow Mountains, monastic site of Glendalough, and the medieval city of Kilkenny. Enjoy scenic views, lush valleys, and still lakes and watch a shepherd with his trusty border collie sheepdog.

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Duration 10 hours
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English

Experience

Itinerary
6.5 hours
  • Dublin

  • 2 hours
  • Kilkenny

  • Wicklow Mountains

  • Glendalough

  • 1.5 hours
  • Dublin

Meeting point
Main stop
Highlights
  • Travel through the medieval heart of Ireland to explore historic Kilkenny
  • Stroll the narrow streets of Kilkenny and visit the oldest brewery in Ireland
  • Drive over the rugged mountains and glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains
  • See location sites from movies, such as "Braveheart"
  • Discover where Christianity was re-introduced to Ireland at the 7th-century monastery of Glendalough
  • Visit a shepherd on the Wicklow Mountains and watch as his trusty sheepdog rounds up the sheep around the field and into corrals
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off in Dublin
  • Guide
  • Wicklow mountains stop
  • Killkenny cultural sites
  • Irish Collie Sheep Dog Trials
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Please wait outside the building so you can see the bus pull up. Driver/Guides will not wait past departure time, so please make sure you are at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before scheduled departure time. Pick-up locations: 8:10 - Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street 8:20 - Ulster Bank on Dame Street 8:30 - Jurys Inn, Christ Church

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  • This tour operates 7 days a week.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 707 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Cathy and Lisa were awesome! We got such an informative tour, a lot of history was talked about and Cathy went out of her way to explain each stop and interesting site. They both worked extremely hard to make our tour comfortable. There were multiple events and diversions on the road and they were able to still make good time, keep everyone comfortable, and keep everyone safe. Awesome experience! We are so glad we went on this tour, the sites were breathtaking and definitely should be on everyone’s list!

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September 18, 2021

Great tour to get a first impression on Ireland’s beautiful nature and smaller towns/ cities outside of Dublin. Richard was a great guide who had a lot to tell us and Jo was a wonderful driver The tour is a really good starting point to make you want to see and learn more of this beautiful country and it’s many many sheep

August 3, 2021

We love the hosts. The guide went almost all the way in telling the story of Ireland and explaining everything! Despite the intense rain that was falling I was able to visit the attractions because the driver was kind enough to leave us right on top of the places. Lunch around 2 pm was also very good, with some suggestions from the guide without forcing us to go to a specific place. Note also for the interaction with a shepherd and his dogs. Very interesting!

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January 15, 2020

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