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).
Full-day tour of Kilkenny and Wicklow from Dublin
Enjoy dramatic views of Wicklow Gap, Turlogh waterfall and the Sugar Loaf Mountains
Explore the ancient ruins of Glendalough
Visit Kilkenny Castle and the Black Abbey in Kilkenny
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
We originally rented a car to get around, but returned it just a few days before we left Ireland. We didn't want to be secluded to just Dublin so we chose this bus tour. Although we had already been to these places with the rental, there was so much more to see and explore! You have plenty of time to hike and venture out. I LOVE that it was self guided and you could choose what you wanted to see and do when at the destinations. Kilkenny was beautiful and the town itself is quaint with many pubs, restaurants, and shops. We didn't experience this on the tour but the pub, The Field, has great live music at night. I would highly recommend if you want a fun upbeat night in Kilkenny! Glendalough and Wicklow was just stunning! The ponds and lakes are so picturesque with the mountains as a back drop, it looks like a painting. You can't go wrong with this tour!
This tour was a great value for what you got. The tour guide/driver was knowledgeable and funny and could really maneuver that bus around those thin winding roads. Side note to that...if you tend to get carsick you are best off sitting at the front of the bus, these roads are bumpy and winding! Glendalough was gorgeous and the muffins in the little hotel restaurant there were fabulous. Kilkenny was very enjoyable. We chose to use our time there touring Kilkenny Castle. We had enough time to go in a few shops and stop for lunch. I would have enjoyed more time in this medieval town. Overall I highly recommend this tour. I also recommend starting the tour in the morning at the first meeting spot as the bus tends to fill up and it may be difficult to sit by family or friends if you join at the second or third location.
Our guide Bailey was great! Funny and knowledgeable. Lovely drive up through Wicklow Mountains. Stopped at Glendalough. Walked to lower and upper lakes for photos and viewed Round Towers and monastic site. If you want to reach the upper lake, be warned it is about a 3.4km round trip walk so keep up a steady pace and take your pics of the monastic site on the way back. Alternatively, just walk to lower lake the first lake then back to monastic site. Won't be missing out on much.
Kilkenny was great. Enough time for a walk around, quick lunch and tour of Kilkenny castle and grounds.
Great and affordable tour. Amazing day to be out in the Irish country side! The cemetery and monastic site at Glendalough was really cool. Wicklow had amazing views and scenery. Kilkenny was awesome great town! Highly recommend this tour.