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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Best Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin

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

Best 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

Althea B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great way to escape the busy city life for some breathtaking scenery. Although it was heavily raining most of the tour, I still had a great time! Bus driver/tour guide was keeping us company and cracking a joke here and there and was really helpful throughout the journey.

Bill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Beautiful views of the mountains and the local country. Joe was a wonderful guide who knew everything about the area. I highly recommend him.

Frank

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What can I say but thank you to jeff our guide for sharing his love and passion for this amazing country. You were wonderful. I absolutely loved the whole experience. And I loved your jokes and stories.

Elisa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour, guide and driver! Awesome scenery and the walk to the upperlake was amazing. Great guide Jeff and driver John who made my son of 4 yrs feel at ease too. Highly recommend. Well done

Kenneth K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Harry was a very entertaining and knowledgeable tour director.

mckenzie t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was awesome. Our guide was hilarious, telling stories the entire way. At each stop, he would explain some of the history or something cool that happened there. The day trip shows alot of the natural beauty in the countryside you are unable to find many places these days.

Giselle P

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.

Laurinda L

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.

S S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

YUDY ELIANA B

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!

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