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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Fall for the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Garden of Ireland on this Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains day trip from Dublin. Set off from the capital and be wowed by the sights of rural Ireland during a scenic drive to County Wicklow. See where scenes from ‘Braveheart’ were filmed, stop at a lake that resembles a pint of Guinness, hear the legends of Glencree Valley and steal a kiss at the ‘P.S. I Love You’ bridge. Then, explore the monastic ruins in Glendalough before stopping for lunch in Ireland’s highest village.

Highlights

  • Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains day trip from Dublin
  • Take in the beautiful Irish countryside during a scenic drive to the Wicklow mountain range
  • Visit Lough Tay and pass the bogland and heather fields of Sally gap, featured in the classic film, Braveheart
  • See Glencree Valley and pose for photos at the bridge where scenes from P.S. I Love You were shot
  • Explore the ruins and lakes of Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement and one of Ireland’s most visited spots
  • Break for lunch in Ireland’s highest village

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What You Can Expect

Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin

Glendalough, County Wicklow

Make your way to the prearranged meeting point in central Dublin on the day of your tour. Then, after meeting with your guide, hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and travel south toward County Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland.

Gaze out of the windows as you travel through rural Ireland, taking in postcard-perfect views of rolling green countryside and the wild bogland and heather fields of Sally gap, where scenes from Braveheart were filmed. You’ll also learn about the legend and folklore that surrounds Glencree Valley.

Stop at the picturesque Lough Tay, otherwise known as Guinness Lake, a small lake set in the Wicklow Mountains that resembles a pint of the black stuff. Then, perhaps recreate your very own P.S. I Love You moment at the bridge where Holly and Gerry kissed in the hit film.

Continue on to Glendalough, nestled in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty and history, the 6th-century monastic settlement is one of Ireland’s most visited spots. With up to two hours to spend here, stroll around the site’s scattered ruins, which include the famous Round Tower, and learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery. If there’s time, you might wish to take a stroll through the woods to the pretty lower or upper lake.

Then it’s on to Johnnie Fox’s Pub, located in the highest village in Ireland. Tuck into a hearty Irish lunch and maybe toast to a wonderful day with a measure of Irish whiskey (both at your own expense).

With your appetite sated, return to Dublin, where your tour concludes with a drop-off in the city center.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I originally booked this tour specifically to go to Avoca as I had booked to go to Wicklow mountains on a different day , however I was advised of the change and these things unfortunately happen, having said that , the tour was fantastic the guide was friendly and brilliant I really advise anyone to take the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What an amazing part of the world. It was cold and raining but the walk was exhilarating and the views unforgettable. The guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a great driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our guild Richie was excellent and the overall trip was breath taking

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Joe, was our guide and despite the cold weather he kept the moods up and gave us a great experience. It was better than expected.
Thanks Joe!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Great tour for everyone, particularly those fans of Bally K. Seeing Bally K and eating at Fitzgerald's was a definite highlight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A great way to see some of Ireland's mountains and small villages south of Dublin. Got to see the Wicklow Mountains and the natural beauty. As well as Glendalough area and lakes, St. Kevin's retreat remains; Also Avoca village and the weaver's mill, and the Glencree Center for Peace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

This was our first coach trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery and places of interest were great and our driver Rich was brilliant, very knowledgable and very witty.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The trip was excellent! We saw the mountains (really are hills) the lakes and Avoca. Had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

What a great day out, and the scenery was beautiful, but what made the whole day special was our guide Richie. Congratulations on having such a well- informed, and really pleasant guy working for you, he looked after everyone in the group and we were over 30 pax, included people who were on their own, and just helped us all gel so that by the end of the day we were all friends. A great day for all age groups, my mum is 78 and she thouroughly enjoyed her day too. The food at the restaurant was also very tasty and good value. So glad we booked this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour is geared towards hikers and fans of the movie "P.S. I Love You" [a bridge in the Wicklow Mountains] and the UK TV series "Ballykissangel" [the town of Avoca]. If you aren't familiar with either one, do your research in advance.

Aside from that, when you reach Glendalough, you have three choices during the 1 hour 45 minute stop: (1) Hike with the driver/guide to see a waterfall and the upper/lower lakes, (2) Walk around an old cemetery to take pictures of Celtic crosses and headstones bent across pathways due to age and weather, or (3) Sit on a bench and wait for the group to return to the tour bus. When you reach Avoca, you'll be herded into the pub for lunch [at your expense], and the bill will put a dent in your budget. Even fish and chips are expensive in that place.

Overall, the tour is wonderful, because the scenery is amazing.

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