Day trip

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Activity provider: Collins Day Tours

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Activity provider: Collins Day Tours
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Escape Dublin on a guided day trip through Ireland's rolling countryside. Take in the views at the Wicklow Gap, tour the medieval monastery of Glendalough, and explore the winding lanes of Kilkenny.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
5.5 hours
  • Dublin

  • 1.5 hours
  • Glendalough (guided tour)

  • Wicklow Mountains (photo stop)

  • Kilkenny (lunch, guided tour)

  • 2 hours
  • Dublin

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Marvel at the wild beauty and lush landscapes of the Irish countryside
  • Learn the history of the Glendalough valley and monastery with your guide
  • Witness the panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Drive through sites from movies such as P.S. I Love You and Braveheart
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Kilkenny and see its impressive medieval castle
Full description

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Tour the vast Wicklow Mountains and see the monastery of Glendalough. Lose yourself in the medieval lanes 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). The route 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.

Includes
  • Round-trip transportation
  • 5-star luxury touring class coaches
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • USB charging points on board
  • Live-approved, highly experienced tour guides
  • Walking tour of Glendalough
  • Walking tour of Kilkenny
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry to Kilkenny Castle
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at the bus stop in front of the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin. The meeting point is just a 3-minute walk from The Spire of Dublin, a 120-meter high pin-like steel monument.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • There will be free time for lunch at Kilkenny. Your guide will point out possible options during the tour such as a picnic spot on the Kilkenny Castle grounds. There will be options to purchase food in Kilkenny or you can bring your own
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1157 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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We had a great tour today to Glendalough. Our tour guide Pat was brilliant. You can clearly tell that Pat is passionate about his job. He is extremely friendly and has a great sense of humour. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting some the of the Irish countryside whilst visiting Dublin. Thank you to Pat and driver Willie for a great day

January 23, 2023

We came to see the clouded hills of Glendalough and the fabled streets of Kilkenny, but upon reflection we were here for the undiscovered duo of Pat and Alec. Gorgeous views of an untouched Ireland, the crystal lakes hidden behind the monastic city, the mysteries of a small town. These are just a few of the pleasures you can enjoy against the steady rhythm of Pat’s rich historic commentary. We came to Dublin for a weekend and a simple bus holiday was the highlight. Dive in for a tour that will take you away from the rest of the world… and make sure you ask for Pat and Alec.

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January 22, 2023

This tour went beyond both my friend’s and my expectations. From beginning to end the tour was enlightening, comfortable, and that is all thanks to our exceptional guide, Pat, and our excellent driver, Paul. Taking Pat’s walking tour in Kilkenny gave us a special look inside the city’s vast history. At the end of the tour, Pat read us a heartwarming poem that he had written for our journey, which made this trip truly more personal and special.

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January 21, 2023

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