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.
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains day trip from Dublin
Take in the beautiful Irish countryside during a scenic drive to the Wicklow mountain range
Visit Lough Tay and pass the bogland and heather fields of Sally gap, featured in the classic film, Braveheart
See Glencree Valley and pose for photos at the bridge where scenes from P.S. I Love You were shot
Explore the ruins and lakes of Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement and one of Ireland’s most visited spots
Break for late lunch-early dinner in the traditional Irish Village Avoca
Greet your professional guide at a centrally located Dublin pickup point and get on board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach destined for County Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland. Admire Ireland’s beautiful countryside as your guide offers local knowledge of the area. The Wicklow Mountains Tour from Dublin meanders through Wicklow, stopping at Glencree Valley, with its poignant German military prisoner cemetery and peace and reconciliation centre. The trail continues past the gorgeous heather and bog land landscape of the Sally Gap, some of the most filmed landscapes in Ireland, to the ‘P.S. I Love you Bridge’. Where we stop for a quick photo stop, a real treat for all the romantics on board! Next up is another movie fan photo stop at picturesque wee Lough Tay, a famous landmark from the epic movie Braveheart. This picturesque lake is also known as the Guinness lake because of its dark waters and white beach. Recently Lough Tay has served as Ragnar Lothbrok’s village in the wildly successful television programme The Vikings. Keen viewers will also recognise Glendalough and the Sally gap from their many appearances in the show. Next on the agenda is Glendalough, famous for St. Kevin’s monastery and its 10th century round tower, it’s upper and lower lakes and spellbinding scenery. The Glendalough Visitor Centre has a wealth of information on the Irish missionary monks that once lived here and gives a wonderful insight into their unique art of creating handcrafted religious manuscripts. On the way back, the bus stops in Avoca village where customers can get lunch at the Fitzgerald’s Pub.
This was a wonderful tour through the Ireland countryside and to see Glendalough. The sights were beautiful and the coach was very comfortable. Our driver Richie was entertaining and informative. We brought snacks for our kids based on other reviews noting that lunch was very late, and that worked well. We didn't eat lunch until about 3 pm. But it was delicious when we did! Highly recommend.
Richie, the driver, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was very entertaining. He could really maneuver the bus on those narrow Irish streets. Fitzgeralds pub was also really good for lunch the Bailey's cheesecake was especially delicious. Definitely would recommend everything.
I would recommend this trip to every Dublin-visitor!
Our guide Richie was super professional :
he knew a lot and told us interesting stories - a very nice person!
( he also noticed and showed us many animals during the tour!)
Many thanks and greetings to Richie from the finnish visitors!
All the tour attractions were beautiful and interesting.
Glendalough was our favourite!
2hours was enough to walk aroud the old monastery-site and around the beautiful lakes.
The last stop in the lovely Avoca-village gave us a great extra experience :
we saw a pod of big falcons ( Milvus milvus) flying slowly and low above Avoca !
Had such a fun trip and the tour guide and driver were excellent. All the stops we made were so picturesque and am so pleased we booked to go. Perfect day out and had enough time at each stop off to walk around and enjoy the beauty around us. In particular Guinness Lake and Wicklow mountains were just stunning, would love to go back again one day. Only thing we weren’t keen on was that at the end of the day, the guide/ driver had got chatting to a selection of people sat at the front of the bus and when driving home they stopped randomly at points to let different couples get off so it was convenient for their hotel. I know it was a nice thing to do but if they do for a few people they should offer drop off service for everyone. If we were at the front we could’ve got off earlier and not be ferried back to where we met at the beginning in town centre.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Our tour guide, the transportation and the altered itinerary due to Christmas closures were all great. I def recommend using this tour company if you are ever in Dublin. Tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful and extremely funny!
Eion, was very entertaining, wealth of knowledge. We had the most enjoyable weather. Time table given at the beginning of tour was spot on. Our walk in the woods was very enjoyable, every stop offered a breath taken photo opportunity. The stop at the Tavern Pub was wonderful, only problem was it was late in the day, and the of 40 plus people took the full hour allotted for the meal, which left no time to walk about.
We had a Fantastic time on our tour through the Irish countryside. Richie was the best tour guide Ever! Besides being extremely knowledgeable about the areas he was showing us, he had an amazing sense of humor and was an absolute joy to spend the day with. The bus was very comfortable and we had plenty of time to see all the sights. Highly recommend this tour!
A really nice day trip out of Dublin. About the only thing I guess I'd suggest differently is the timing or location for lunch. Stopping at the pub in Avoca so late in the day left most people pretty hungry, and not sure about whether it was a very late lunch or early dinner. Also, the service at the pub is pretty slow with so many people descending on it at once. Avoca is also kind of out of the way after Glendalough. It would have been better to find someplace closer to Glendalough, and then maybe stop at the Powerscourt Waterfall on the way back to Dublin. But our tour guide, Richie, was very informed and engaging, and the views in the mountains and at Glendalough are spectacular.