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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin

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.

Customer Reviews

mmflatt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing! Wild Rover Tours really came through on this tour.

First of all, the accommodations were first rate - new coach with free WiFi. That way we could post pictures along the way. If only they had a way to charge my phone I ran the battery down using it so much to take pictures!. Our tour guide JP was very knowledgeable and well-spoken. He was able to add humor to the facts and stories about the areas we were seeing. Note - The tour direction changes with the season. Since we were traveling in February, we did Glendalough first and Kilkenny last so we could see the mountains in full daylight.

Glendalough is definitely a must-see! It sits near two lakes so you get not only ruins of the monastic site but also a nature trail. The scenery is stunning and the history of the place makes it feel almost alive. We were there on a cold and snowy day but still loved every minute of it. Our next stop was the Wicklow National Park. This one required a little imagination. During the winter, it's grand but somewhat lacking in greenery. From what I've been told, the summer brings blooming heather turning the hillsides purple and green. I really enjoyed seeing the contrast of these mountains to the ones I live in.

The final stop of the tour was Kilkenny. While the area was a bit more urban than I anticipated, it was definitely a great place to roam. JP gave a 40-minute tour of Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding area however, we were hungry and cold so we wandered around on our own. You are given about 2 hours in the town. The food was great Matt the Millers, the shopping plentiful, and there are lots of beautiful churches and buildings to view. Don't miss the Black Abbey - stunning!! At the end of the tour, we drove back to Dublin and were dropped off near O'Connell Bridge between Temple Bar and the Trinity College area.

While I loved this tour and would definitely go again, there area few items which would have been helpful to know up front. First of all - the coach is very prompt. Be at your meeting places early. If you're with a group, I'd suggest joining the tour at the first stop and not the last. That increases the likelihood of sitting together. Be outside and not inside waiting for the charter so you won't miss it. I'd suggest finding a hotel near O'Connell Street. This will make sure you're centrally located for both pick up and drop off.

Hope you choose this tour if you happen to have time in Dublin. It's definitely worth it!!!

Anna R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wicklow Mountains National Park is stunning. We had time to explore the monastic settlement, and some of the nature trails, boardwalk, and waterfall beyond. Many twisty, windy country roads. If you get carsick, like me, sit up front.. Kilkenny was a charming small city, and the local craft shop had a wonderful selection, from locally made artisan chocolates, to natural soaps, Irish woolen scarves, and a lovely children's section. I would have preferred 1/2 hr less in Kilkenny. It was a long day, with a lot of walking.

Alida D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Conor the tour guide and uncle Frank the driver turned this tour into an amazing day. It was worth every penny. Well organized and had enough time for a walk to the lakes in Glendalough, and a walk through the village in Kilkenny, with Conor showing us the highlights of the place. Thanks!

edmond j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour is a must do if you have never been to Ireland. Our tour guide Conor and driver Sarah kept the tour on time and within minutes of the advertised length. Conor used the travel between destinations to explain the up coming stop and connect it historically to the previous ones. He had a lively personality and kept the tour interactive. I especially appreciated his passion for his heritage and his countries history. Each stop was distinctly different and the views of county side between stops was beautiful as well. This tour makes me want to return to Ireland to spend more time.

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Ireland was full of friends we had never met before. The Hotel Harding was a second home. Meals went from splendid to better than that. See photos. The tours, the tour guides, the landscape, were a well-matched combination of wonderful scenery and Irish wit. If we had the money, I'd go every month...

Saundra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was by far my favorite tour while in Ireland! The sights were magnificent, the bus was clean, and the tour guides, Richard and Richard were by far the best guides! They made for the most pleasant day!

Saundra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

One of my favorite tours while in Ireland! The sights were amazing, and the tour guides, Richard and Richard were highly entertaining and well informed! They made for a very pleasant outing!

Pete

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved Kilkenny, will be going back there.

sundancefarms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour with friendly guide Anthony and driver Frank of Rover Dog Tours, fun too. Lots to see and Wicklow Mountains very scenic. Worth taking time to do and good to see the countryside.

Kaitlin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

glendalough is magic! make sure you take the walk to the two lakes.

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