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. This tour also includes a stop at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, where you'll be able to see border collies corral sheep across the fields.
Visit south-east Ireland's top attractions, including Kilkenny Castle
Take the scenic route through Wicklow Mountains National Park en route to Glendalough
See border collie sheepdogs in action at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains
Explore the monastic settlement at Glendalough, and see medieval archeology alongside abundant wildlife
Round-trip transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach from Dublin
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
See the best of Kilkenny and Glendalough in just one day in the comfort of a luxury coach.
Depart Dublin early to get maximum time at your first stop of the day – Kilkenny Castle. Built in the 12th century, this Anglo-Norman castle stands dramatically along the River Nore, dominating the backdrop of Kilkenny city. Tour the castle at your own pace, exploring the renovated chambers and corridors, and then meander through the enchanting rose garden before heading into town. At your leisure, explore the charming village of Kilkenny. A true mecca of medieval architecture, Kilkenny offers many splendid sights for the cultured explorer. Explore the Black Abbey, built in 1225, and the Hole in the Wall Elizabethan Tavern, both recently restored to their original design. And don’t miss St Francis Abbey Brewery, brewing Irish ales for more than eight centuries.
Following your Kilkenny tour, stop at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, where you'll be able to see border collies corral sheep across the fields.
Afterward, head over the wild and rugged Wicklow Gap glacial valley for some spectacular views of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Enjoy a unique photo opportunity with a scheduled stop at the top of the mountain. Gaze down through the centuries old passage way linking east and west Wicklow. Retrace the footsteps which the Celtic clans and St Kevin travelled when traveling through the forested countryside and view the park’s upper slopes, blanketed in heath and bog, before dipping down into the glacial valley of Glendalough.
Throughout history, visitors have come to ‘the valley of the two lakes’ for its mystical history, archaeology and unique wildlife. The monastic city of Glendalough, found in the 6th century by St. Kevin, was once an active locale featuring areas for manuscript writing and copying, an infirmary, guest houses, and a monastery. Now it offers guests a peek into Ireland’s rich cultural history. You’ll have approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to journey through the monastic city before heading back to Dublin.
A good trip.
Very comfortable bus.
For what was planned there was enough time to see what we wanted without exaggeration.
The guide gave a lot of information, only if she spoke a little slower we would understand better.
Great Tour! Amazing guide along with a great driver!
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Aisling was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable, nice, and was very accommodating. Gave us great recommendations for our time back in Dublin as well. Our driver Sidney was also great, as the weather wasn't the greatest. Highly recommend anyone to book this trip.
Despite the rain. this was a great day. Kilkenny is a beautiful town with such a rich history. Richard (tour guide) did an amazing job at sharing all of the rich history and interesting stories with us. He was fantastic. Sean was an incredible driver as well (kept us safe in all the rain). Wicklow Mountains were beautiful. Was hoping to hike more but wasn't able to because of the weather, so I enjoyed some time indoors with a delicious Irish Coffee. And the Sheep Dog Trials were so fun. Loved learning about the sheeps and dogs. Great tour - would definitely recommend it.
Had a fabulous day with the gorgeous Cathy tour guide & Sid the bus driver. Very knowledgeable & loads of fun. Made my Dads day singing Happy Birthday. Kilkenny was beautiful & the castle well worth looking at. Glendalough was full of so much history & very picturesque. Great value tour. Thanks guys we had a fantastic day!!
Thank you so very much for your wonderful feedback on our day tour and the attraction but also for the compliments shown to Cathy and Sid. They both enjoy their jobs and our lovely country so thats why they do such a good job as you saw on the day. I will pass your compliments to both Sid and Cathy.
Quality was excellent as was the value. There were no surprises other than the fact that it exceeded our expectations in all areas. This tour is a hidden gem and the ease of booking etc was remarkable.
Good experienced tour guide & driver (Kathy & Sarah). Full day...Glendalough is beautifull, sheep dog demo was well done and enteraining, Kilkenny a nice town. Would have liked to stop in the Wicklow Mountains for some pictures but it was raining a bit and Kathy thought it was best to move on. Would have liked to stop.
Great way to spend a day outside of Dublin. Informative and entertaining tour guides. The Kilkenny had many things to do and friendly people. Very pretty drive up to the Wicklow mountains and the sheep dog trials were fun to watch. Definitely worth while, and gets you back early enough in the evening to do more things in Dublin.
Would have been better if the weather had cooperated.
, Oct 2019
Our tour leader, Richard, kept spirits high, despite the weather. And our driver, Sean, was excellent. It was just a shame that the rain was very heavy throughout the day. So it was hard to enjoy the scenery. I almost wish the tour had alternate plans when the weather impedes. But the sheep dog trials were very fun.
Everything about this trip was amazing. The tour guide and bus driver Cathy and Pete were fun and informative, and the sites we stopped at were beautiful and interesting. I would definitely recommend this tour for a trip to Ireland.