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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!!!
Tour of Wild Wicklow was amazing! Our guide, Joe, was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining.
We took the Wild Wicklow Tour with a group of 11 friends and everyone agreed the tour was the highlight of our stay in Dublin! Our guide John was fantastic, very knowledgeable and entertaining from start to finish and kept the coach laughing throughout the whole day. Great photo stops, tales of Dublin and insights into Irish sense of humour too. The lunch spot, a traditional Irish pub where we had a chance to try delicious Guinness stew, was also a top notch choice. You also get a shot of Jameson's Whiskey to add a nice finish to the day! I definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking for a great day out to see some stunning natural landscapes not too far from Dublin.
This tour was awesome! Our tour guide John made County Wicklow (and the other surrounding counties we passed through on the way to Glendalough) come to life with his wonderful story telling ability and knowledge of the area. He was amazing! The trip was beautiful and fun. Highly recommend 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.
The Wicklow Mountains are not to be missed and this tour was wonderful!
I really enjoyed this tour. The stops were spectacular and I did not feel rushed. I loved driving through Sandycove to see the Irish coast.
Unfortunately, due to icy conditions we did not get to drive all the way up the Wicklow Mountains, but that is not the fault of the tour. We still got to see a lot of the beautiful countryside and enjoyed the parts of Wicklow we were able to see.
Great tour with friendly guide Anthony and driver Frank of Rover Dog Tours, fun too. Lots to see and Wicklow Mountains very scenic. Worth taking time to do and good to see the countryside.
Excellent tour - John was an amazing tour guide and offered very interesting stories about Wicklow and Ireland. There was adequate time at each stop to take photos. Highly recommend!
Only tip- confirm your pickup location the day before.
We had a lovely day out in the Wicklow mountains and Glendalough. The views were lovely and it ended with a lovely meal in the Fitzgerald Pub in Avaco which we really enjoyed.
Our tour guide,J.P., and bus driver, Paddy, were great. Lots of facts but knew when enough was enough. Would have liked more time in Kilkenny and less time in Glendalough. The Wicklow mountains were beautiful.
Jeremy United States of ...
I took this tour with Wild Rover Tours, and had a pleasant time. The first stop was in Kilkenny where our tour guide gave us a quick walkthrough of the downtown area, and then gave us sufficient free time to explore the city. I opted to see the Rothe House, which is a medieval house that has been renovated, and is a good way to spend 30 minutes. After that, I stopped at Kilkenny Castle to see the lavish rooms. The castle was certainly a highlight of Kilkenny, and I highly recommend stopping to visit it during your free time. Make sure you factor in time for lunch as well, as this is your only opportunity for a lunch stop.
Then we drove through the Wicklow Mountains, and had a brief 10 minute photo stop before continuing onto Glendalough. The round tower and graveyard here were fascinating. There is also plenty of time to walk the trails through the woods and lake, although there was nothing very exciting to see.
All in all, I recommend the tour if you are looking for something to do outside of Dublin -- it's a good way to experience history and nature on the same day.
The driver was excellent. The tour guide referred to the group as guys every single time he addressed the group. Perhaps he can think of another term to use as it was not appropriate and very annoying by mid-trip. Also, unless you are a young female, don't expect him to pay any attention to you or answer your questions respectfully. The optional tours he gave on both stops - Kilkenny and Glendalough were informative and moved at a good pace. We were offered a map of Kilkenny to use during our free time there and told a few times we could not get lost. Well, we did get lost as did other tour group members not walking with us. The second stop in Glendalough was interesting but be prepared because the last part of the trip is really hiking through one of various trails. It began raining a half hour before our tour was scheduled to depart. We asked the guide if he could open up the bus for us to wait in it not just us, but all of the people on our tour who were waiting in the rain and he said not for another 15 minutes. I understand that generally there's a schedule they like to keep to, but when half the group is standing in the rain waiting to board the bus, a little flexibility would have been nice from the tour guide. Fortunately the kind driver did get the bus early and drove it to where we were waiting so we could board while the driver was busy talking to the young women, again.
Overall, beautiful scenery on the drive and at Wicklow mountains and interesting historical sites in Killkenny.
This was a delightful train ,bus and dart train ride. To see beautiful countryside of Wicklow co. We went to Avoca wearers, and Glennenough monsetary . It was a little long and I would of spent less time eating at the resturant at the end of the trip.
Our day tour to Wild Wicklow was great. Thae weather was great and the places visited were fantastic. Our bus driver/tour leader was very knowledgable and his sense of humour was so good he kept us all in a very good mood, both wuth his story telling and his singing. We all tried to sing along with him like one big happy family. Thanks again for such a happy and lovely experience. Absolutely loved it.
County Wicklow is beautiful, so green. The bus travel with some stops to take photos will show why Wicklow is called the garden of Ireland.
You will end the day at Glendalough, I recommend going to the upper lake 20 minutes walking from/to the bus, even under the rain is magical.
The myst will make a unforgetful scenary.
Remember to take with you a good raincoat and some clothes, you will need them even in August!
Make that 6 stars! John is one hell of a guide and an expert driver, the Wicklow Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, all in all a perfect day! Two thumbs up from Marc and Bill Austria
Fantastic tour! Wicklow Mountains are an amazing site! You get to see the mountains that were used in the backdrop of Braveheart. Glendalough is great. Make sure to check out both lakes!
This was a wonderfully laid back tour in one of the prettiest places in Ireland. Our tour guide, Trevor, was incredibly nice and full of interesting facts about all the places we visited. And the Wicklow Mountains were stunning! Our favorite tour of the whole trip!
It was my second time in Ireland. Previously I have visited Cork. I told to my colleagues that Ireland is extremely boring. After todays tours to Wicklow Mountains with John I completely changed my mind. One-day tour with Wild Wicklow Tours was very well-organised...and John was a fantastic tour guide. I travel a lot, however I have never met so fantastic guide and man as John. Highly reccomended!!!
Great. Joe was a great tour guide, funny, informative, and good driver. Good pace and options. Glendalough is beautiful as is the Wicklow Mtns. Good value, pickup and drop off was easy. Recommend to all ages.
John was friendly, funny, knowledgable, and entertaining. We were glad to get out of the city and see the beautiful sights that Wicklow and Glendalough had to offer. Comfortable and well paced tour a must for any trip to Ireland!
Gorgeous! The castle in Kilkenny was breathe taking. The grounds of the castle was beautiful. It really gave you a taste of what a castle should be. Fully decorated, it was like going back in time. Wicklow was so surreal. The walk to the lake, awesome. The scenery looked like a post card. The monastery was very interesting. Our guide, Siofra, was great. Wish we had more time in Kilkenny.
The trip to the Wicklow Mountains was outstanding. The sites of Lough Tay and Glendalough were awesome. Luckily, we had a sunny day.
This was my first visit to Ireland. Friends recommended a visit to Glendalough, so I went looking for a tour. This trip on Viator, actually operated by Wild Rover Day Tours, had great reviews, so I booked it. I was NOT disappointed. Glendalough is spectacularly beautiful, rich in beauty and history. Kilkenny has a beautiful castle and some nice medieval buildings. Unfortunately, it wasn't clear when we arrived at the Wicklow Gap, but two out of three isn't bad! Grainne is a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of history and culture is quite extensive. I particularly appreciated her skill at storytelling. She helped make both Glendalough and Kilkenny come alive for me. It helped that we didn't have any rain during the walking tours! Hats off to John for professionally negotiating those amazingly narrow streets and lanes!
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