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. Beginning March 1, this tour will also include a stop at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, where you'll be able to see Border Collies corral sheep across the fields.
Day trip to Kilkenny City and Glendalough from Dublin
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
Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach
Walking tours of Kilkenny Medieval City and Glendalough Monastic Site
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. (Beginning March 1.)
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 travelling 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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Oct 2018
Had been in Dublin a day and wanted to explore more of the country that a tour I booked didn’t cover. You won’t regret Murphy and parlov are fantastic and give you so many options to explore their wonderful country
Our first stop of the day was Kilkenny Castle. Admission the castle wasnt included in the Viator ticket price. We did pay the admission though and it was worth it. The castle is amazing!
Our next stop was the Glendalough Monastic site. I will never forget the trek to Upper Lake. They really need to post more honey buckets around. There are not many options a girl has just saying It was worth the hike to get to Upper Lake though. The view is absolutely incredible. I would have liked to stay longer. There is a hotel in the area, maybe next time we will stay the night.
There are sheep everywhere in the mountains, they kept getting onto the road and delaying the tour bus. Thankfully it wasnt much of a delay, but you dont really see that in the states, so that was interesting.
Id recommend this tour, you get to see beautiful landscapes and an awesome castle.
Loved the tour Glendalough and Wicklow mountains were amazing and breathtaking. We were lucky and had great weather. Amazing knowledge sharing by our guide Nick who managed to give us an overview of Irish history while riding on the bus and even played and sang some Irish tunes. Loved his sense of humour too. Kilkenny was nice but not enough time to see much if we wanted to sit down and grab something to eat - an extra hour would do it! Overall I recommend this tour - Shane the driver and Nick the guide.
This was a fascinating and beautiful day trip. Our guide, Kathy, was well educated and passionate about history as well as the current events of Ireland. The visit to a working sheep farm was informative and entertaining. Kilkenny City was a beautiful town filled with restaurants, shops, and historical sites. The Glendalough monastery which is hundreds of years old was an awesome site which included beautiful walking trails. We highly recommend this trip and our tour guide Kathy.
The trip itself was pretty good. However, the weather didn’t permit us to do certain things. It was very rainy and chilly. We would’ve enjoyed the trip a lot more if it was a sunnier day. The tour guide was nice and helpful. I’d also recommend allowing more time to spend in Kilkenny instead of two hours in Glendalough. I enjoyed the visit to the sheep farm. It would be nice if they could stop the bus and let passengers snap some photos on the famous P.S. I love you kissing bridge.
I believe our guide's name was Kim. she was very knowledgeable and helpful. i loved her way of depicting historical events.The tour was accurate and well planned so the guide was very strict in terms of time and schedule and even talking at the bus. The tour overall was superb and we had a lot of time to visit each spot.
Well organised, all very punctional. Our guide, Well organised, very punctional.Kim was an excellent tour guide, with a great sense of humour.She gave us detailed information about the surroundings and the Irish history. Kilkenny was worth visiting, 2 hours was a bit too short for me. Sean our driver, was a pleasant and good driver. I would strongly recommend this excursion.
Really enjoyed this experience. The venues were all interesting, Anthony was not only informative but thoughtful to his guests, plenty of time to enjoy each location. The driver was excellent too. The trip to the sheep farm was so much fun and certainly added much to this tour. The owner of the sheep farm was interesting and really made the experience a memorable one.