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From Dublin: Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Activity provider: Wild Rover Tours

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Activity provider: Wild Rover Tours
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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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Live tour guide
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 the monastery where Christianity was re-introduced the Irish
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
  • Transportation from Dublin
  • Live tour guide
  • Wicklow mountains stop
  • Killkenny cultural sites
  • Irish Collie Sheep Dog Trials
  • Food and drinks
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 Gresham Hotel so you can see the bus pull up. Driver/Guides cannot wait past departure time, so please make sure you are at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 895 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Our tour guide Sean was amazing! There were some hiccups at the beginning of the trip but it was otherwise excellent. Our original bus broke down before we left Dublin, but Sean was able to find a solution and get us back on the road. Understandably, many passengers were frustrated, but I thought he handled the situation well and accommodated to the best of his ability given the resources he had. We were delayed for 1-1.5 hrs but we still got the full tour, including the sheepdog demonstration (the highlight!) at the end. Overall, I found that the delay did not impact the quality of the tour. We still had the originally planned amounts of time at each destination. Sean also has a very well made website of recommendations for Ireland which I found very useful. He also provided a map of his recommendations for Kilkenny so we had an idea of what to do with our time.

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July 17, 2022

I've been on several bus tours, but this one was the best! You have enough time to explore everything, Mary and John are lovely guides! My highlight of the tour was Glendelough and the farm with the border collies, but Kilkenny is also a beautiful city with countless books and cafes! I did this tour alone and would love to do it again with my sister next time. If you don't have much time in Ireland and are in Dublin I highly recommend doing this tour, it makes so much more sense than hanging out in pubs all day.

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July 6, 2022

Starting at Kilkenny we just explored. Not sure what to do at first as there was what seemed like a lot of options. I think if you research first and have an idea what to do and where to go you will be okay. The castle, mile museum, circle tower, explore or just find a pub. I recommend just following the tour guides if you’ve no plans. We didn’t realise this was an option at first, but bumped into them and tagged along. We stopped off for a photo op on the mountains then into glendalough with a walk around the nature reserve. The lakes are stunning. Worth mentioning that The tour guides We’re great. They had some great banter and made it interesting.

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June 28, 2022

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