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It was a relaxing day and a great experience. The weather was not the best and, unfortunately, it was not possible to drive to Guinness Lake. However, our guide and driver, John, made our day. He told us a lot of stories with specific Irish humor. First stop was at Sandycove Beach. Because of the rough sea and windy weather, the landscape had some its charm. The 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough are quite impressive. Nice to walk 20 minutes from the monastic ruins to the upper lake. The lunch was in a pub. A great opportunity to have also a pint of Guinness. Jameson whiskey tasting was also included in the tour. On the way back to Dublin we listened to some Irish music. Thanks John for the day. Fully recommend this tour.
This tour was amazing! Wild Rover Tours really came through on this tour.
First of all, the accommodations were first rate - new coach with free WiFi. That way we could post pictures along the way. If only they had a way to charge my phone I ran the battery down using it so much to take pictures!. Our tour guide JP was very knowledgeable and well-spoken. He was able to add humor to the facts and stories about the areas we were seeing. Note - The tour direction changes with the season. Since we were traveling in February, we did Glendalough first and Kilkenny last so we could see the mountains in full daylight.
Glendalough is definitely a must-see! It sits near two lakes so you get not only ruins of the monastic site but also a nature trail. The scenery is stunning and the history of the place makes it feel almost alive. We were there on a cold and snowy day but still loved every minute of it. Our next stop was the Wicklow National Park. This one required a little imagination. During the winter, it's grand but somewhat lacking in greenery. From what I've been told, the summer brings blooming heather turning the hillsides purple and green. I really enjoyed seeing the contrast of these mountains to the ones I live in.
The final stop of the tour was Kilkenny. While the area was a bit more urban than I anticipated, it was definitely a great place to roam. JP gave a 40-minute tour of Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding area however, we were hungry and cold so we wandered around on our own. You are given about 2 hours in the town. The food was great Matt the Millers, the shopping plentiful, and there are lots of beautiful churches and buildings to view. Don't miss the Black Abbey - stunning!! At the end of the tour, we drove back to Dublin and were dropped off near O'Connell Bridge between Temple Bar and the Trinity College area.
While I loved this tour and would definitely go again, there area few items which would have been helpful to know up front. First of all - the coach is very prompt. Be at your meeting places early. If you're with a group, I'd suggest joining the tour at the first stop and not the last. That increases the likelihood of sitting together. Be outside and not inside waiting for the charter so you won't miss it. I'd suggest finding a hotel near O'Connell Street. This will make sure you're centrally located for both pick up and drop off.
Hope you choose this tour if you happen to have time in Dublin. It's definitely worth it!!!
Wicklow Mountains National Park is stunning. We had time to explore the monastic settlement, and some of the nature trails, boardwalk, and waterfall beyond. Many twisty, windy country roads. If you get carsick, like me, sit up front.. Kilkenny was a charming small city, and the local craft shop had a wonderful selection, from locally made artisan chocolates, to natural soaps, Irish woolen scarves, and a lovely children's section. I would have preferred 1/2 hr less in Kilkenny. It was a long day, with a lot of walking.
Both me and my mum had the most fantastic day on our Wild Wicklow tour. It was more than we could ever have imagined. We didnt expect half of what we got on the trip from our tour guide and driver Niall. He was a superb driver, weaving in and out the narrow streets, and so informative as soon as we stepped on in Dublin city, telling us all the history we could imagine. We hadnt expected that, so it was a very nice surprise. We were very blessed with the weather too, even the locals were surprised, which just added to the day. The only thing i will say, which could have made it better, both me and my mum were taken aback by the breath taking views at the Upper Lake at Glendalough. sadly we were only given 10mins there. This was no where near long enough. I appreciate that there was an itineray to stick to, but from what i could gather from alot of the other visitors on the coach, they too, would have preferred a longer stay there. Preferrable, maybe to a longer stay at the monastic ruins. I appreciate everyones taste is different. But it was still the best day of our holiday, and i would most definately do it again and recommend it to everyone. We have the best photos to last forever. Thankyou.
Wonderful day even with the rain. Bus driver was a little disappointing because he assumed we did not want to stop at the Monastic City because of the rain.
Can't say enough great things about this tour. It was BEAUTIFUL! The bus driver was hilarious! Light-hearted! We saw so many georgous sites (Monastic ruins and mountains were highlights!), and heard stories that I'm sure I couldn't forget if I tried! Book this! Your money will not be wasted!
This was my favorite tour while in Ireland..The day was beautiful and all of the scenery on this tour was just astounding..There was so much to see and take in from beginning of the tour..and we had just enough time to see everything..the guide even squeezed in any extra stops when he could..The guide on this tour was my favorite..he was funny, kept everyone engaged, full of information about everything..Lots of wonderful stops, Loved the monastic ruins..overall this is a tour that I would highly recommend to everyone..
Mario S Malta
A great day out from Dublin, visiting the mountains to the South of Dublin City. The scenery is spectacular, and the various stops along the way offered many photo opportunities. The monastic ruins at Glendalough are worth the trip, as well as the beautiful lake settings in the area. Driver/guide with a great personality.
One of the best tours my wife and I have experienced. The walk to the Upper Lake and the monastic city at Glendalough should be on everyone's list. Kilkenny Castle would have been more interesting if we could have gone to the top of one of the towers for photos. A must-do in Kilkenny is lunch at Kyteler's Inn--great food and interesting history. Spend the 30 minutes on the little sightseeing train when you get off the bus--good overview of Kilkenny that lets you "target" where you want to spend your time.
The tour was great, plenty of time in Killarney(if someone did not visit the caves, I didn't) and plenty of time to Glendalough to walk to the upper lake and also enough time to wander arount the monastic site. Excellent tour guide and driver, i would reccoment this tour, it was great for me
One of my favorite tours! Glandalough was beautiful! Plenty of time to take a little hike to the lakes and then tour the monastic city. The stop in Avoca may seem like a touristy gimmick, but it's a great shop with a lot of beautiful Irish-made items.
Wicklow was the most beautiful part of Ireland that I visited. to me it topped the ring of Kerry and the cliffs of Moher. We had the combinaiton of natural beaudty and monastic history. Kevin was entertaining and very professional as our driver. This is not a tirp I would even think about driving on my own -- roads are too narrow and dangerous.
Great day trip to get away from the city and see some of Ireland's beauty. Kilkenny castle grounds are so beautiful, whilst Kilkenny town has lots of history in evidence, with interesting little shops and alleys to explore, all within easy walking distance. There is no more beautiful place then Glendalough. The monastic site invites your contemplation, while both of the lakes are a must see for their natural beauty. The perfect spot to enjoy some relaxation. Yon and Richard were the perfect guides, sharing their wealth of knowledge and taking in everyone's needs, imparted with good humour. I have only shared one photo of Yon and RIchard and their Irish jaunting car - you really have to go and take your own beautiful photos of everything else, you won't regret it!
The monastic ruins of St. Kevin's at Glendalough should not be missed! The stories, songs, and jokes shared by Joseph, our guide, entertained us the entire ride!
my mom and I took this tour together, although the weather didn't really cooperate very well, it was still a great trip! Tea at Avoca was nice, but it's such a tourist trap I wouldn't have minded stopping somewhere less touristy. The walk to the upper Glendalough lake was also definitely more than 20 minutes (the strong hail and headwind probably didn't help). This was disappointing since we didn't have much time at the end to see the monastic ruins (and we only spent about five minutes at upper Glendalough). It was unfortunate that the "highlighted" portion of the tour felt so rushed. In general, we definitely found that the Irish seem to underestimate the amount of time it takes to walk somewhere - and my mom and I are fast walkers! our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and entertaining, making for a great time!
Glendalough was magnificent. Monastic ruins in beautiful nature. Don't miss walking to the lake. There was also a stop at some dolmen (pre-historic tomb) which was a bonus and then we were off to Kilkenny. We were dropped at Kilkenny castle, which was very nice and definitely worth exploring, but overall not sufficient time was allowed at Kilkenny, as the town has manny attractions. The tour company should plan for an additional hour or two at Kilkenny with a later return to Dublin, as the itinerary the way it is doesn't really allow for much more than a visit to the castle or a quick lunch.
This is a don't miss tour, the countryside is breathtaking! That said, the Driver was nothing but a distraction who spent most of the time singing and telling jokes instead of explaining the interesting areas we were going through. There was no explanation when bus stopped at Avoca about Avoca other than we're stopping here for a bathroom/snack break. This was the norm throughout the day with the exception of the Glenadough Monastic settlement where a brief tour was provided. A more engaged tour guide who is interested in providing pertinent details about each area we were in would have made the tour more fulfilling.
Took this tour because of the way it was described. The tour driver, John, made the trip worthwhile with his refreshing anecdotes, knowledge, trivia, etc.
The tour itself was very long and I felt that some areas
could have been passed over and could have spent more time for example in the monastic settlement.
Lunch could have been a little longer as well.
Overall, it was nice.
Friendly tour guide. Beautiful countryside we got to see. He gave us a 25 minute tour of the monastic area in Glendalough that was helpful, otherwise we would've wandered around longer with less information. We were a bit disappointed with how little time we spent off the bus. Also, we arrived at the meeting point ten minutes early and still nearly missed the bus. They parked about half a block away in an area busy with many tourist buses and the driver never came over to announce himself or look for us.
Florence C USA
This tour was nice. It's a short trip and worth the small price to pay. It's a nice excursion for a Sunday, where most attractions in Dublin are closed or close early. The highlight of the tour for us was Glendalough. The monastic ruins are simply amazing. Needed more time at the Avoca Handweavers, but ok.
Beautiful scenery. Probably would have enjoyed Glendalough more if we had seen it earlier in our vacation. By the time we visited Glendalough, we had already seen our share of monastic ruins, high crosses, etc.
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