Glendalough Monastic Settlement Tours

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Home to one of the country’s most popular historic sites, a 6th-century monastic complex, Glendalough, or ‘the valley of the lakes’, is set in an idyllic location between two lakes. An hour south of Dublin, Glendalough makes a popular day trip, as well as a common stop-off for hikers attempting the famous Wicklow Way, which runs through the valley.

The monastery was founded by the hermit monk St Kevin around 618AD and by the 9th century was among the leading monastic cities of Ireland, up until its destruction by the English in 1398. The ruins remain impressive today, with a collection of ancient churches, burial sites and monastic buildings sprawled around the Upper and Lower lakes. Most famous is the 112-foot-tall round tower, measuring 52 feet in circumference and featuring a conical roof, rebuilt with its original stones in the late 19th century. Other key sights include a 10th-century cathedral, the largest building on the plot, home to granite ‘St Kevin’s Cross’; St Kevin’s church with its conical capped belfry and a monumental gateway, unique in Ireland with its two-storied granite arches.

A huge part of Glendalough’s appeal lies in its spectacular surroundings, with the two lakes encircled with woodlands, verdant pastures and the hilltops of the nearby Wicklow Mountains National Park. Make the most of a visit by hiking around the lakes and following the marked trails between the ruins, then head to the Glendalough Visitor center, where a video and exhibition details facts and background information on the monuments.
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Address: Wicklow, Ireland
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Kilkenny City, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Break from Dublin for a tour of medieval Irish architecture and folklore in Kilkenny and Glendalough. Aboard a luxury coach, take a day trip to the top sights in south-east Ireland from Kilkenny Castle to the Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. Beginning March 1, this tour will also include a stop at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, where you'll be able to see Border Collies corral sheep across the fields.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$40.55 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

Soak up the majesty and myth of Ireland’s Wicklow County on this full-day tour from Dublin. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore cultural and natural gems and lively pubs to the breathtaking Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. Movie buffs will enjoy a stop at Sally’s Gap, filming location of Braveheart, as well as the bridge crossed by the lovers in the romantic comedy P.S. I Love You.
  • Duration: 3 days 13 hours
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  • Duration: 3 days 13 hours
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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin

Feast your senses on the unrivalled natural beauty of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough on a full-day trip from Dublin. Escape the bustling charm of Dublin in favor of the glittering lakes and undulating hills of County Wicklow, featured in Hollywood blockbusters like 'Braveheart'. Discover ancient legends as you listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable guide; marvel at a lake that resembles a pint of Guinness; and absorb the amorous atmosphere of the bridge featured in ‘P.S. I Love You’. See the ancient monastic ruins of Glendalough before revitalizing with lunch in Ireland’s highest village.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$38.23 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Half-Day Private Glendalough, Wicklow, and Powerscourt Gardens Tour from Dublin

Explore the scenic landscapes of Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, on a private tour tailor-made for you. With a personal guide and private vehicle, discover the countryside around Dublin, stopping to admire the 6th-century ruins of Glendalough, stroll around Powerscourt Gardens, or shop for handicrafts in Avoca village.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Kilkenny and Wicklow Day Tour from Dublin

Combine ancient monuments, medieval gems and natural wonders on this full-day tour from Dublin. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains; admire views of the Sugar Loaf Mountains, Wicklow Gap and Turlogh waterfall; and discover the 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Then, enjoy free time to explore lively Kilkenny and visit landmarks like the Kilkenny Castle, the Black Abbey or the Cathedral of Saint Canice (own expense).
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Glendalough, Wicklow and Kilkenny Full Day Tour from Dublin

Don't come to Ireland and just spend all your time in Dublin. You won't be seeing the real Ireland. This tour transports you there, spending a day cruising around the Irish countryside engulfing yourself in bright green fields, castles, abbeys and rustic villages. Stop in majestic and secluded Glendalough. After some time of exploring head to Kilkenny where you can delve into a 12th-century Norman castle, a medieval cathedral or stroll the cobbled streets before heading back to Dublin.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Wicklow and Glendalough Tour from Dublin - Morning Tour

Grab your camera and set out to explore the ‘Garden of Ireland’ on this half-day tour of Wicklow from Dublin. Admire the lakes, mountains and forests of the Wicklow Mountains; visit the monastic ruins of ancient Glendalough and spot filming locations from movies like ‘Braveheart’ and ‘PS I Love You’. You will then continue through the dramatic mountain pass of Sally Gap, before arriving back in the city to end your tour in central Dublin.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Wicklow and Glendalough Tour from Dublin - Afternoon Tour

Explore Ireland beyond the capital city with this Wicklow and Glendalough driving tour. Skip the hassle of a rental car and admire the scenery as you drive south to see County Wicklow’s beautiful lakes, forests, and mountains. Visit landscapes from popular films including Braveheart, such as the monastic ruins and Celtic crosses at Glendalough.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin

This scenic full-day rail tour from Dublin highlights the best or rural Ireland with coastal views and mountain scenery that's sure to dazzle. Sit back and relax as you travel through the Wicklow Mountains, visit the tiny town of Avoca and wander rate ancient monastery at Glendalough. Experience the best of Ireland in a single day during this all-inclusive tour that takes travelers through the countryside by road and rail.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$79.94 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from Dublin

There’s no better place to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than Ireland and festivities in Dublin last for an entire five days. This 4-day tour ensures an unforgettable St Patrick’s Day experience with a local guide on-hand to ensure you don’t miss anything. Party like a local at a traditional dance, attend the famous St Patrick’s Day parade, visit sights including the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, and the Guinness Brewery; and enjoy an open-air bus tour of Dublin.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$346.42 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Walking Tour-Southern Gem-7 Days

Departing from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street, Explore the Southern counties and for many some of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes in Ireland on our Southern Gem 7 day walking tour.  From the wild beauty of county Wicklow, you will experience a monastic site like no other. From there your tour will take you to one of the most magical places in Ireland, the town of Dingle. Enjoy guided walks on this peninsula that holds more ancient sites than the rest of the country combined. You will meander up along the famous Wild Atlantic Way through cute villages and towns. You will take in the breathtaking vistas as you walk along the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren and then head to the city of Galway.  This is an epic walking tour guided by our fun and experienced guides who will show you sights, sounds and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$1,389.15 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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Wicklow Way- Self Guided Walking tour-7 Days

The Wicklow Way is Ireland's oldest marked trail, pioneered by a famous hill walker, J.B Malone, over 40 years ago. It reveals some of Ireland's finest views: Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Lough Dan, Glenmalure and historic Glendalough. The trail extends from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow, covering a distance of 127 kilometres (79 miles).  We have broken down the Wicklow Way into a variation of different walks and durations which stretches from Enniskerry to Tinakely.  We pre-book your accommodation and take care of your luggage. We supply you with maps and route details and also provide you with a full backup service, leaving you to simply enjoy the scenery, splendour and solitude of the Wicklow landscape.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$693.99 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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