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Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 38157
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.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

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
Itinerary
6.5 hours
  • Dublin

  • 2 hours
  • Kilkenny

  • Wicklow Mountains

  • Glendalough

  • 1.5 hours
  • Dublin

Meeting point
Main stop
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
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

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 665 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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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

This was one of the best tours I have ever taken, if not THE best. The coach was very nice and comfortable. Ashley and Sean, our guides, were so nice, caring and provided so much information during the ride to each destination. The monastery was so interesting, we loved seeing the lakes. We met Michael at Glendalough and enjoyed his talk on life as a sheep farmer, providing rich insight on this way of life. He then did a sheep dog demonstration with his dogs and even introduced us to a new pup. We loved our visit to Kilkenney and we ended up taking a Kilkenny Castle tour. The experience all around was just fantastic, even though it was raining for a good bit of the day. We loved every minute of this tour!

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December 14, 2019

Amazing tour :) The guide was lovely and funny. During the bus trip he provided all the explanations, this way we had more time in each destination to just enjoy the views. It was a really full day, we visited a lot of things and every place was beautiful! The visit with the sheeps and shepherd was also super interesting!

December 3, 2019

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Product ID: 38157