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Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough Guided Tour

1. Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough Guided Tour

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.

Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

2. Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

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. Menu: • Starter: Salad or vegetable soup with brown homemade bread • Main: Irish stew or vegetarian lasagne • Dessert: Whiskey cake • Tea or coffee • Vegetarian, vegan and kids options available on request

Wicklow: Private Day Tour from Dublin

3. Wicklow: Private Day Tour from Dublin

Start with a pick-up at your chosen location and drive south into County Wicklow from Dublin. Your qualified guide will share many stories and local folklore about the places you will visit. Tailor the tour to your liking and decide to visit the Powerscourt House Gardens in Enniskerry. Explore the gardens at your own pace and then relax over a coffee looking out towards the Wicklow countryside and sugar loaf hill. You can also do some shopping at the Avoca craft shop. Afterward, drive through the Wicklow Mountains National park with some scenic stops along the way. Such as the Lough Brays, Luggala, the Guinness family Estate, and the P.S. I Love you bridge. Actually many films and TV series were made in this national park such as "The Vikings", "P.S. I Love You", "Leap Year" and today they are filming Enchanted II. Enjoy some lunch in an Irish Pub near Glendalough. Taste some lovely fresh Wicklow produce. Explore Glendalough and the 6th-century monastic site of St Kevin. Enjoy a walk in this wonderful scenic valley with its two lakes and a mixture of deciduous woodland. If there is anything else you would like to do, your guide is with you and would be happy to help arrange this.

Wicklow Mountains Private Day Tour including Glendalough

4. Wicklow Mountains Private Day Tour including Glendalough

Discover why Wicklow is known as the 'Garden of Ireland' on your small group private tour, After your chosen Dublin city pick up, explore the South Dublin Coastline passing through towns such as Dun Laoghire, Sandycove, and Dalkey.  Relax with a morning coffee in Avoca handweavers, the oldest wool mill in Ireland, where you can shop for high quality Irish handcrafts before heading into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Explore remote mountain passes with spectacular views of glacial lakes and infinite shades of green. Breath in the crisp mountain air with a short guided walk at the Sally Gap with stunning views of Lough Tay and the Guiness Family estate. This area is so unique and spectacular that it was chosen as the backdrop to the 'Vikings' series and movies like 'Braveheart'.  After a break for lunch at a traditional Irish pub where you can taste the local specialities, it's back on the road to Glendalough. An enchanting 6th century monastic settlement complete with round tower, the jewel of the National Park. Marvel at the history of the hermit priest St Kevin and the enchanting settlement at Glendalough. Hike from the lower lake to the upper lake and discover one of the 'off the beaten track' mountain trails which provide stunning views of the Glacial valley.  Then it's time take an alternate route through the National Park on your return to Dublin city center and your chosen destination. 

From Dublin: Glendalough Valley Guided Hiking Tour

5. From Dublin: Glendalough Valley Guided Hiking Tour

This tour lets you visit and explore Glendalough, County Wicklow without any of the stress of arranging your own transport. Our guide will meet you at our meeting point, Carrickmines Luas stop which is located on the outskirts of Dublin City along the Luas line. From here you will be taken by bus through the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. Once you arrive at Glendalough your hike will begin. You will hike through old Irish woodland and along once of Ireland's most famous trails, the Spinc. Along the way our professional and knowledgeable guides will make the area come alive with stories from the past and interesting facts about the natural heritage of this magical place. Distance: 12km Difficulty: Medium Hiking Experience is needed!

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This tour was by far the best one my boyfriend and I went on while in Ireland! Our guide, Godfrey, really went above and beyond to delve into Irish history as we drove to each location and he made sure everyone was clear on when to be back to the bus and where it could be found. He also made everyone laugh with jokes and broke into a fun Irish song on our drive, which was a pleasant addition to the trip! You really get a through sense of the medieval history of Ireland by visiting Glendalough and Kilkenny on the same day, and you get 2 hours to explore both locations, which is more than you get for other key spots on the other tours. The picturesque drive through the Wicklow Mountains was also breath-taking. The highlight of the tour, though, was the sheep herding demo! The Border collie, Lass, and her whistling owner give you an off-the-beaten-path view of tending to Ireland’s livestock. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Ireland!

This Tour by Finn McCools to Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough with Sheep Dog Demo, was an enriching experience. Our Guide Mr Godfrey, was absolute 'craic', as we would call in Irish! His indepth knowledge about history, culture and heritage of Ireland, combined with his wit and grand humour, made our experience, even more richer. The places, chosen and time given at each points was ample and we thoroughly enjoyed the trips. The sheep dog training experience was a smash hit!! Our sincere thanks to Alex, who has been an excellent driver throughout the tour!! Last, but the least, we also had lovely co-passengers in this trip with whom, we had a great company and good fun.. Overall a A1 experience. We strongly recommend this tour for any one who is looking for a real craic in Ireland!!!

Mark our guide and Bojan our driver were both great! I was about to list our favorite parts of the trip, but realized I was listing everything. Highlights were just the beautiful drive itself, the nature all around us, and the Sheep Dog display. We weren’t sure about the sheep dog “thing” when we booked and it ended up being incredible! Bring some money IF you have a doggo at home because he had some incredible 100% irish, hand made leashes and collars (amongst other awesome 100% irish products) for sale afterwards. We loved this and are SO GLAD we booked this. Highlight of our whole trip for sure. Good communication but make sure to bring lunch or snacks as some of the stops don’t have food.

Mark was a great tour guide. What I liked the most about this day trip is that they give us enough time to explore all the stops. They also gave us the freedom to eat anywhere we wanted. They did not take us to any overpriced restaurant and made us eat there, which I think it was great. Would definitely recommend this company for day tour from dublin. Bus was comfortable and all seats had working phone usb chargers.

One of the most beautiful places we went to - I would suggest it be a not miss journey !