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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins at Glendalough, enjoy the 'craic' in a traditional Irish pub, and see where film-makers brought a little bit of Scotland to Ireland when filming scenes for 'Braveheart' at Sally's Gap.


  • Day trip from Dublin to Wicklow, the 'Garden of Ireland'
  • Guided tour of the 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough
  • Stunning scenery and wild landscapes of Wicklow
  • Opportunity to shop for Irish crafts at Avoca Handweavers
  • See where scenes from Braveheart were filmed at Sally's Gap
  • Pass by homes of Ireland's rich and famous in Killiney
  • Visit a traditional Irish pub for lunch

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Movie buffs will enjoy seeing filming locations from Braveheart and visiting the bridge from P.S. I Love You. And anyone can appreciate the ruggedly scenic vistas as you journey along the coast and through the lovely Wicklow Mountains.

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What You Can Expect

Best Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

The Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough

The beautiful coastal drive from Dublin to Glendalough takes you past Dun Laoghaire Harbor, Dalkey and Killiney. These exclusive suburbs on the out reaches of Dublin are home to Ireland's rich and famous including U2's Bono, Enya and film director Neil Jordan. Then, driving through the Wicklow Mountains, you'll soon understand why this area is known as 'the Garden of Ireland’.

You'll continue on to the green mountains of Wicklow County, where you'll stop for morning tea (additional cost) at Avoca Handweavers. The oldest wool mill in Ireland, Avoca Handweavers is a great place to shop for high-quality Irish crafts.

The next stop on your Wicklow tour in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough is renowned for its natural beauty and history, and is one of the most visited places in Ireland.

At Glendalough, your guide will walk with you through the 6th-century monastic settlement. You'll learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery, and hear stories relating to the ruins scattered about the site, including the famous Round Tower. There will also be time for a leisurely stroll through the woods to Upper Lake.

Leaving the peace and serenity of Glendalough behind, you'll head off for a stop at a local pub for lunch (additional cost). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good old-fashioned home cooking of a traditional Irish pub. Why not wash lunch down with a hearty pint of Guinness?

After lunch you'll begin your return to Dublin, via Sally's Gap, where scenes from Braveheart were filmed in 1995. This scenic but desolate area of wild bogland offers a stunning contrast to the Wicklow Mountains.

You'll arrive back in Dublin in the late afternoon, with drop-off either in Ballsbridge (D4) or at Trinity College.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I found this tour extremely enjoyable. I was travelling alone, and had done nothing like this alone before, but the tour guide made me feel comfortable, included and it was a very good day out! I would highly recommend this to anyone, whether traveling alone or otherwise. The driver/tour guide amongst his scooby-dooby-doo sayings, was very knowledgeable and made the tour what it is - excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing trip and great tour guide, highly recommended :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

John our tour guide was awesome. So knowledgeable and fun. We really enjoyed ourselves due to him and would do another tour in a minute if he would be the guide. He's a real gem. So pleasant and he know how to take care of his guests!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was amazing! All the sites were incredible and our tour guide John made it even better with his great sense of humor. I highly recommend going on this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic Tour
The guide John was amazing. He had so many neat stories about all of the places he took us, and he made sure everyone was having a good time. He took my picture at every stop, which I appreciated because I was not travelling with anyone.
I would recommend this tour to anyone, even if you're a lone traveller like myself. It was a great day! Thank you John!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved the tour guide most of all, as he drove us through Dublin 4 and other parts of the city to pick up other passengers, all the while giving us history lessons and anecdotes. The stops at Avoca and lunch pub were pleasant and well-timed. The driver dropped a group of us right across from our hotel on the way back, which we appreciated. Vistas were amazing in the Wicklow Mountains!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour was on a beautiful autumn day and couldn and #39;t have been better! Our driver Johnnie was so entertaining and shared lots of stories about each of the stops along the way. The views were stunning and my favorite - Lough Tay was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The most beautiful scenery and a very good tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Gorgeous tour. Beautiful scenery. Our tour guide was so informative and gave us so many tips about Dublin and surrounding areas. Had a wonderful time, got to see more than I expected. I would highly recommended to anyone.

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