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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Feast your senses on the unrivaled 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. Discover ancient legends as you listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable guide; marvel at a lake that resembles a pint of Guinness; and see the ancient monastic ruins of Glendalough before revitalizing with lunch in Ireland’s highest village.
  • Visit Lough Tay and pass the bogland and heather fields of Sally gap
  • See Glencree Valley and visit a World War II-era cemetery
  • Explore the ruins and lakes of Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement
  • 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 center. The trail continues past the gorgeous heather and bogland 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. 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 program 'Vikings.' Keen viewers also recognize 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, 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 a local pub (own expense).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dublin Visitor Centre
09:00 Check-in at the Dublin Visitor Centre, 16 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Sally Gap
On the road to Sally Gap, there are spectacular views of the surrounding blanket bog and the Wicklow Mountains. Sally Gap is one of two east-to-west passes across the Wicklow Mountains. Sally Gaps is a cross-road that leads you North to Dublin, West to Blessington, South to Glendalough or East to Roundwood.
Stop At:  
The German Military Cemetery
The first stop on the Wicklow Tour your first stop is Glencree, home to the military cemetery which serves as a reminder of World War II. The adjacent Military Barracks is now a centre for peace and reconciliation inspired by the events in Northern Ireland. Exclusive. This stop allows you time to unlock your an inner history buff and learn more on how the events of the World War had an everlasting impact on this island.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Glendalough Upper Lake
Glendalough Upper Lake is home to the cave that St. Kevin spent seven years. It is also not far from Monastic Settlement which has the round tower, St Kevin’s Church, St Kevin’s Cross and The Cathedral.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Wicklow Mountains National Park
As you leave Dublin and cross into Wicklow, the landscape changes dramatically. From Rathfarnham, still within the city limits, the Military Rd begins a 40km southward journey along the spine of the Wicklow Mountains, crossing vast sweeps of gorse-, bracken- and heather-clad moors, bogs and hills, dotted with small corrie lakes.
Stop At:  
Glendalough Monastic Settlement
On your visit to Wicklow’s National Park, you can embark on one of the ever-popular Glendalough walks, as you will have a minimum of two hours to visit the Glendalough Upper Lake or do some hiking in the Wicklow Mountains. You too will have time to visit the Glendalough Visitor Centre (admission not included), or visit Glendalough Catherdal home to St. Kevin’s Monastery, Celtic Crosses and so much more!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Guinness Lake
This 15 minute stop allows you the perfect time to enjoy the Wicklow Mountains and its wilderness at its best. Here allows you to enjoy the beautiful Lough Tay, also known as the Gunness Lake, which is also home to the hit TV - Series, Vikings. And for those of you who are wondering; the lake gets his name due to its bright white sand and dark waters. The sand was imported by the Guinness family who’s estate runs through part of the Lough Tay area. With the shape of the lake, its white sand, people often say it is similar to a big pint of Guinness!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Wicklow
bonavia3
, Feb 2020
The bus driver was very informative & helpful. Really enjoyed the tour such lovely spots to visit. Recommend for sure.
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Five stars
Magda P
, Jan 2020
Don was a great tour guide with lots of helpful tidbits along the way. He also took good care knowing that I’m flying solo so that I don’t get lost. Had the right balance of occupied and free time. Definitely recommend the tour!
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Wicklow mountains
Flyer19246605283
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide Eoin was amazing and very funny. Very knowledgeable and nice, definitely a tour worth doing
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Amazing Day Trip
Brenda M
, Nov 2019
If you're looking for a perfect day trip outside of Dublin, this one is fantastic, especially if you like nature! Wish we'd had a little more time in Avoca, but that's my only small complaint - beyond that, I had the best time. The stops were phenomenal, the bus was clean, the driver was a hoot, and you can't beat the gorgeous scenery.
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Great guide/Bad weather
123MicheleC2015
, Oct 2019
Richie was our driver and did a phenomenal job driving the narrow roads of Ireland, informing us about the sites and countryside and sharing facts at the monastic site. Sadly there was forecasted snow in the mountains and we were unable to go up into Wicklow.
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amazing day
juliarukosueva
, Oct 2019
I like the tour very much. Iean was really great driver and speaker :-) Thank you so much for so many positive emotions))
star-5
Loved every minute
SL-Allison
, Oct 2019
Everyone should see this! The trip was absolutely amazing. Our guide Dom was funny, thoughtful and knew a lot of great facts of Ireland and the things we were visiting. It was a good combination of sitting in the bus and walking around. It was raining but I thought it gave the Glendalough some charm. So if ur doubting to book this trip: don’t! Worth every penny.
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Awesome scenery
cparker545
, Sep 2019
Our guide/driver Richie was most excellent in driving and knowledge. Had no idea Ireland had boggy mountain tops and beautiful forests at the same time. Pretty country.
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Glendalough and Wicklow Tour
jericochran13
, Aug 2019
This was an excellent tour, and very reasonably priced. The scenery was beautiful and Glendalough was very interesting, with a lovely walk to two lakes and interesting ruins. Richie, our tour guide knew the area very well from hiking extensively through it, and knew the history quite well. We ate lunch at a lovely restaurant in a small village - the food was excellent and very reasonably priced. I would certainly recommend this a a day trip from Dublin.
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Great tour!
Erin G
, Jun 2019
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.

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