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.
What a wonderful finish to our trip to the UK. The tour guide, Kathy was fantastic and told us so much about the history. Kilkenny was a wonderful city, the castle was beautiful as was Glendalough, but what stole our hearts was the wonderful sheep dog trials. We LOVED it, and the weather was perfect!
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide Aisling has a good sense of humor and very knowledgeable. Too bad that it was raining when we arrived Kilkenny town. However, this is not something that can be controlled. We spent our morning at Glendalough. There are monastery and mountain lake view. The view in Glendalough was good, it is a good mix of scenery viewing and cultural experience.
took this long tour on June 1 2019; pickup at Old Stone Church/Dublin. Tour Guide was Kathy, a fantastic low-key lady, who really knows her stuff :). Best part was the return to Dublin, when she got the whole big bus interacting with "Karaoke with Kathy" by singing favorite Irish songs ! She also was very concerned and helpful when 2 of us needed to catch a cab to the cruise ship in rainy rush hour. Thanks !
I enjoyed some aspects of this tour but could have left others. In terms of the tour company, our driver was great and the tour guide talked a lot, but I don't really feel like I got to know any of the places (the "walking tours" they provide don't provide much). It was more about being driven to destinations and then having some time to wander on our own. I didn't really enjoy being on a massive bus with so many other people, and it wasn't super enjoyable driving around on some of the narrower roads. We had done a couple Rabbie's tours in Scotland prior to this, so I think we were spoiled by the 16-person mini coaches and very personable guides.
In terms of the destinations, I really enjoyed the drive through Wicklow (though there was no stop, like I thought we would have). Glendalough was truly beautiful, and we did have ample time to explore the lakes and monastery before going to see the sheepdogs work the sheep. I hadn't expected much out of the sheepdog trials, but it was amazing - The farmer was very informative and friendly, and the dogs did great work; it was very interesting to hear about Ireland and the life of a farmer. Kilkenny didn't really do much for me, and it felt like we were just killing time while there.
Overall, we saw some great sights that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to see traveling by train, but I would maybe choose a smaller tour bus next time.
Ireland is not only about Dublin and this tour was very informative, well organized and the sites were magnificent. We had a lovely guide (sorry, I can`t remember her name) she was born and grew up in Kilkenny so she was very enthusiastic when she talk abou her native place :) I strongly recommend this tour.