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From Dublin: Half-Day Trip to Glendalough and Wicklow

1. From Dublin: Half-Day Trip to Glendalough and Wicklow

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin and soak up the serenity of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough on a day trip by bus. 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.

From Dublin: Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Morning Tour

2. From Dublin: Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Morning Tour

Travel out of Dublin and into the countryside around on a 5-hour morning or afternoon tour to Glendalough and Wicklow. The tour begins with an introduction to Dublin City, as you head south toward County Wicklow, known affectionately as the Garden of Ireland. Sparkling lakes, dense forests, and romantic babbling brooks make this a spectacular scenic drive and a fine day out from the big city. You will also see the scenery made famous by films such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You. Make your way over the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, the valley of the 2 lakes. Enjoy a relaxing walk to the Upper Lake and explore the monastic ruins of St. Kevin's monastery. Then enjoy lush surroundings as you make your way through the Sally Gap before returning to Dublin.

Dublin: Highlights and Hidden Corners Walking Tour

3. Dublin: Highlights and Hidden Corners Walking Tour

Please note that all visits are external, but opportunities will be available for such visits after the tour. •City Hall •Dublin Castle grounds & gardens •Christ Church Cathedral •Fishamble Street & Smock Alley •Meeting House Square, Temple Bar •Millennium Bridge & River Liffey •Italian Quarter •St Mary’s Church (now a famous café/bar) •Henry & Moore Streets •O’Connell Street •General Post Office •O’Connell Monument •Former Parliament House (bank of Ireland) •Finish outside Trinity College with its famed Book of Kells This exceptional and easy-going tour is one of the best introductions to Dublin’s rich history and culture. Enjoy this small-group experience. Maximum numbers on tour limited to 16 people and is often less. Additional guides are provided where required. (effective from 01 April 2023).The walk takes you to many of Dublin’s icons and also brings you to some wonderful hidden spots too. If you are looking for a comprehensive tour that introduces you to the best of the city centre, on both sides of the River Liffey, then this is the tour for you. Starting from Dame Street you will wind your way through the former Viking & Medieval Quarter including Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral before wheeling around through Temple Bar and across to the River Liffey to the Northside City and onto the main historic street, O’Connell Street. We will pass by the General Post Office which housed the headquarters of the rebels of the 1916 Rising which resulted in the then destruction of this building and almost the entire street and surrounds. We will finish around Trinity College and the former 18th century Houses of Parliament. All these places certainly have their interesting histories, but the human stories associated with them often capture more than just their eventful past. Our dedicated guides will share their love for the city with you and make you feel like a true Dubliner. To crown all this, the tour will also introduce you to many secret gems and surprises that visitors and even Dubliners often miss. Find Dublin’s first but now defunct full-time cinema, a church that’s not a church, a former Lisbon tram now serving as a café. Discover an amusing representation of a da Vinci painting, feel the bounce of a wobbly bridge and enjoy the tale of a post-box that represents Ireland’s transition to independence. And not forgetting a stark-naked representation of a very famous 18th century composer!

From Dublin: Powerscourt House, Guinness Lake & Glendalough

4. From Dublin: Powerscourt House, Guinness Lake & Glendalough

Explore the ancient beauty of County Wicklow with an experienced qualified tour guide. All at your own pace! Starting with convenient pickup from your hotel, you will be driven by Mercedes limousine to your first stop, the 18th century Powerscourt House and Gardens (voted number 3 private gardens in the world by National Geographic). Here, you will get a chance to browse the mix of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes, secret hollows, and rambling walks set in over 47 acres. After this we will head for the majestic Powerscourt waterfall. Cascading down 120 meters, it is the highest waterfall in Ireland, set in lush parkland. Then on to the breathtaking Lough Tay (Guinness lake). This lake formed part of the Guinness estate and got its name because it looks like a pint of Guinness on its side! This is also the site where the TV series "Vikings" is filmed. Also, the movie "Saving Private Ryan" was filmed nearby. After that, we head cross country to the quaint village of Laragh, where we stop for lunch (cost not included). The Wicklow Heather restaurant is a very popular choice with guests offering great local dishes and maybe even a pint of Guinness! but it must be booked as it gets very busy. After a relaxing lunch, its down to Glendalough. This is the world famous 7th century monastic site of Saint Kevin. Here you will discover the 1,000 year old Round Tower and Cathedral of the monastic city while you retrace the steps of pilgrims of centuries past. Inspired by your time here, we head for home.... Taking the coast road, we will explore the picturesque seaside towns along the way, passing the homes of some of Ireland's rich and famous, finally dropping you back relaxed to your hotel.

Dublin Pubs & History: Beer & Whiskey Tasting Walking Tour

5. Dublin Pubs & History: Beer & Whiskey Tasting Walking Tour

Your first stop is a true legend, a historic pub with over 300 years of captivating stories. Step inside and prepare to indulge in one of Ireland's most beloved pub snacks—a mouthwatering Irish ham and cheese toastie. This may sound ordinary but rumor has it - it is THEE best in Dublin. And to truly embrace the Dublin spirit, raise a pint of the world-famous Guinness, the drink of choice in this iconic watering hole. Stroll through the vibrant Temple Bar neighborhood, passing by landmarks like the Rory Gallagher Tribute and the famous Ha'Penny Bridge. Dublin isn't all just historical bars though - take a detour into an exciting new concept in combining baristas and whiskey lovers to try an award-winning version of the much-loved Irish Coffee. Visit one of Dublin's most charming venues—a captivating space adorned with stunning stained glass windows and a majestic mahogany bar. Quench your thirst with a delightful Pale Ale, hailing from the picturesque Wicklow Mountains of southern Dublin. It's a true celebration of Ireland's rich brewing traditions, offering a unique connection to the local scene and the essence of Dublin's pub culture. Your adventure takes you past the historic Trinity College, as you discover a cozy whiskey bar nestled away from the bustling streets. Guided by a passionate whiskey expert, you'll embark on a journey of sensory delight, learning the art of appreciating Ireland's favorite tipple: whiskey. Immerse yourself in the captivating flavors and aromas as you sample two carefully selected varieties, providing you with a captivating introduction to the world of this exceptional spirit.

Wicklow: Private Day Tour from Dublin

6. 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.

Dublin to County Wicklow & Glendalough Private Trip by Car

7. Dublin to County Wicklow & Glendalough Private Trip by Car

Embark on a magical adventure in the Irish countryside surrounded by majestic mountains, green forests and picturesque lakes! Enjoy a full-day tour with a 5-Star Guide and private car transfers directly from your accommodation in Dublin.Immerse yourself in stories about the days long gone by, and find out where to look for Irish fairies and Leprechauns! Book a 8-hour tour to see the highlights of County Wicklow and Glendalough. The first stop will be at the Powerscourt Waterfall, which is the tallest waterfall in Ireland. Feel the power of nature as you admire the 121-meter water cascade at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Another point of interest will be the Glendalough monastic site located in a glaciated valley with two lakes, where you will explore the ruins of an early Christian settlement from the 6th century. The Wicklow Mountains National Park, a protected area of over 20,000 hectares of low mountains, lakes and deep glacial valleys, will amaze you with its wild nature. You will have an opportunity to visit Lough Tay, The Guinness Lake. It is one of the most photographed sites in Wicklow. Last but not least, you will explore Sally Gap, a mountain pass 500 meters above the sea level, which offers poetic views of the surrounding Wicklow Mountains. Experience the beauty and mystery of Ireland! Book an extended 10-hour tour to enhance your experience with a visit to the Powerscourt Estate. Skip-the-line tickets are included to avoid waiting in lines. Take a stroll through the Powerscourt Gardens and enjoy the wonderful blend of formal gardens, statues, ornamental lakes and secret hollows. See also the Powerscourt House, which was voted one of the Top 10 Houses and Mansions in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide.

Wicklow Mountains Private Day Tour including Glendalough

8. 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. 

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Great little half day tour. Beautiful drive through the mountains with a stop at Guinness Lake before heading to the monastery. Once there, it's a great walk/hike with gorgeous views. Perfect for if you have a few hours. The guide was great...we had a great chat about different areas in Dublin and other places to see.

The trip was most enjoyable, the countryside beautiful. Our driver was good humored and interesting. For those a bit more slow and wanting to see the sites on the walk like the cemetery and waterfall an extra half hour for the free time would have been nice.

It's absolutely worthy! We were led up Wicklow Mountains to capture the stunning view, and were allowed enough time to hang around Glendalough.

Driver provided clewr information about the landmarks and areas we where visiting.

Amazing experience, the guide was really fun. The views are breathtaking!