Wicklow Mountains
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  • Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny & Sheep Dog Demonstration

    1. Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny & Sheep Dog Demonstration

    First, make your way directly to the fantastic little city of Kilkenny. Enjoy 2 hours walking down the cobbled streets and visit castles in a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland back in the 11th century. You can also visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice with its magnificent round tower.  After leaving Kilkenny, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop at the Monastic site of Glendalough. This is truly a scenic drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. A 10 minute photo stop to get a few pictures of this outstanding view is also included. Arriving in Glendalough, you will have around 2 hours to explore one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland. An area renowned for its magnificent scenery and Monastic ruins dating back to the 10t...

    We had wonderful experience with this tour. Our tour guide Jess are very informative and the driver Pavel keep us safe during our tours. It was worth and amazing experience.

  • From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

    2. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

    Leave Dublin for the day on a truly scenic drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Visit Kilkenny, Glendalough, and the Wicklow Mountains as you explore the heartlands of medieval Ireland.

    From Dublin, head first to Kilkenny, once the medieval capital of Ireland and home to Ireland’s finest Norman castle. Discover a city steeped in history that was also the location of one of Ireland’s earliest witch trials, the famous story of Dame Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronilla. 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 the Wicklow Gap.

    Continue to the monastic city of St. Kevin at Glendalough, best known for the wedding scenes in the blockbuster movie “Braveheart” and famous as the location for th...

  • Day Tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin

    3. Day Tour of Wicklow Mountains National Park from Dublin

    Explore the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park on a full-day tour from Dublin and enjoy fun outdoor activities such as hill walks, horse rides, and cycling adventures. Hear fascinating stories about the historic region from expert guides and travel in groups of no more than 16 people. Your first stop will be a lovely spot in the mountains, where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as a 1.5-hour guided hill walk, a horse-riding adventure, or a wonderful cycle. If you want a less energetic experience, visit Powerscourt Gardens and stroll through the delightful Japanese garden. Continue through the valleys and glens of Wicklow Mountains, stopping at Enniskerry, where the movies P.S. I Love You and Leap Year were filmed. Drive by the ribbon-shaped Lough Tay, and get spectacular mountain views of Sally's Gap and Guinness Lake, location for scenes from the blockbus...

    Johnny was a really great guide,knowledgable,interactive and fun. The day was really well organised and gave plenty of time for some relaxation. Stunning location and would highly recommend Thank you so Much Sue

  • From Dublin: Wicklow and Glendalough Tour

    4. From Dublin: Wicklow and Glendalough Tour

    Your day tour to Wicklow departs from Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church, in Dublin. Experience the working side of Wicklow with a visit to a working Irish sheep farm. Meet your friendly local farmer, who will introduce you to farm life, like the diverse farming practices of sheep farming and the commands used to control the sheepdogs. The highlight of this stop is a sheepdog exhibition where the farmer will corral the sheep with their trusty border collies.

    After a scenic rural drive, stop off in Hollywood also known as 'the original Hollywood.' Then stop for lunch in Laragh (lunch not included). Then head to the beautiful valley and monastic site of Glendalough, where Saint Kevin settled in the 6th century. Here you will have 1.5 hours to discover the area. Continue through the scenic Wicklow Gap, journeying along the militar...

    What a terrific trip. Timothy was a great guide, loved his personality and information. he was also great at setting the expectation for the roads and the stops. Loved the scenery! Loved the sheep dog demonstration! The meeting point was easy to find. The value of the tour was incredible. I would use Get Your Guide again in a heartbeat! I look forward to getting back overseas to try more of your local packages.

  • Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

    5. 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

  • Day Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny

    6. Day Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny

    The first stop on this guided tour is Glendalough, known as the valley of the two lakes, and its 6th-century monastic site of St. Kevin. The guide will walk you through the ancient monastery of St. Kevin and explain some of its important buildings, their folklore and history, before giving you plenty of time to explore the valley yourself. Then travel through the Wicklow Gap and see some of the most beautiful scenery of the area and a few small rural villages. Once the group reaches Kilkenny, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the medieval Norman town and its top sites, like St. Canice's Cathedral, Rothe House, and Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is steeped in history and was once the capital of Ireland. It was also the location for one of Ireland’s earliest witch trials, the famous story of Dame Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronilla. Spend 3 hours in Kilkenny, explore Kilkenny Castle ...

  • Best of Ireland 3-Day Tour: Kilkenny, Kinsale and Cork

    7. Best of Ireland 3-Day Tour: Kilkenny, Kinsale and Cork

    Discover the scenic splendor of southeast Ireland on a 3-day tour of the lush farmlands of Kildare, the stunning Wicklow Mountains, and the fabled Copper Coast road to Waterford. Stop at historic monasteries and castles, learn about the fateful voyage of the Titanic from Cobh, and go to the famous Waterford Crystal Factory.  Enjoy a more personal experience in this small group tour with maximum of 16 passengers on a top of the range Mercedes luxury mini-coach, while a quaint bed and breakfast accommodation for 2 nights provides a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart Dublin for Cork, driving through the lush farm counties of Kildare, Laois, and Tipperary. Make a short stop in the heritage town of Cahir to see the ruined abbey and impressive castle on an island in the River Suir. Continue to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork. Visit the castle and take one of the woodlan...

    Marcus was a phenomenal tour guide. He went above and beyond for us! Hope to come back and take another tour with him. It was a wonderful experience and best way to see Ireland!!

  • 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 specialit...

  • Wicklow National Park Private Tour

    9. Wicklow National Park Private Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a private half-day tour of the “Garden of Ireland” in County Wicklow. See historic highlights with a local guide. Following a pick-up from your hotel, travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. Pass glacial lakes, and drive through mountain valleys. Encounter atmospheric monastic settlements. The area is so beautiful it was chosen as the location site for films such as “Braveheart,” “PS: I Love You,” and other blockbuster movies. Reach the monastic settlement of Glendalough before the crowds arrive at Wicklow Mountains National Park. Take an escorted tour of the most famous monastic settlement in Ireland, with a history that dates back to the 6th century and includes the story of the hermit priest, Saint Kevin. Marvel at the spectacular scenery as your guide brings Ireland's ancient past back to life.

  • Wicklow, Glendalough and Kilkenny Full-Day Tour from Dublin

    10. Wicklow, Glendalough and Kilkenny Full-Day Tour from Dublin

    Depart Dublin and travel to Wicklow National Park for a guided tour of the monastic settlement of Glendalough, founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Get back to nature on a walk along the glacial "Valley of 2 Lakes" just 48 kilometers from the city center. Continue through the Wicklow Mountains and cross Wicklow Gap to stop and take souvenir photos of one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland served by an asphalt road. Admire the ever-changing scenery as you make your way to the medieval capital of Kilkenny. Join an expert guide on a tour of the narrow streets. Then, enjoy some free time for lunch in one of the restaurants or pubs. Alternatively, tuck into a simple picnic in the castle grounds. Get some free time to shop or explore on your own before the return journey to Dublin.

    The guide is amazing - she is very kind and passionate about her job! I loved it.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 471 reviews

This trip was such a lovely experience with enjoying a piece of everything you want to see in Ireland. Our guide's name was Godfrey and he made it such an interesting trip with lot of information about Ireland's history and present and also made us laugh many times. Thanks to the great driver as well (I didn't catch his name)! We visited cute little village Glendalough with lovely nature and stunning views of mountains around, had short stop to look at the beauty of the Wicklow mountains and visited the centre of Kilkenny, which was a really nice city with lovely atmosphere. But most of all, I enjoyed the sheep dog demonstration. It was such an unique and beautiful experience. The farmer was super friendly and a great speaker, we learned a lot about the dogs and the sheep and also could cuddle with the dogs at the end, which just made this experience even more beautiful. Thank you for this lovely trip, I can't recommend enough!

We had a wonderful tour of Wicklow, the “real” Hollywood - sheep herding demonstration and Glendalough. Phil was a great guide!! He gave us many historical details of Ireland as well as the area we were touring. Michael was terrific with the sheep herding and showing us how the dogs herd the sheep - very detailed and entertaining. Lunch was fantastic - views were amazing - well worth the time !!!

Johnny was a really great guide,knowledgable,interactive and fun. The day was really well organised and gave plenty of time for some relaxation. Stunning location and would highly recommend Thank you so Much Sue

We had wonderful experience with this tour. Our tour guide Jess are very informative and the driver Pavel keep us safe during our tours. It was worth and amazing experience.

A relaxing day with Derick! He was so friendly and informative, telling us lots of stories and things about Ireland. Love the scenarios of Upper Lake and Guinness Lake!