• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Kilkenny City, Wicklow Mountains 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

Robin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip for a day trip from Dublin. Beautiful scenery.

Dale B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip, very cold but beautiful. Guide, JP was great, very knowledgeable and friendly. Could do with a map of Kilkenny to get around though. Thanks!

HIMANSHU S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very good experience .. Tour was on time and well explained

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a fantastic day - wasn't quite sure what all to expect. Just like all the Viator excursions this was excellent and Kikenny was such a great surprise - loved this city!

Brandon F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

My family and I used Wild Rover tours twice during our stay in Dublin and have nothing but great things to say. J.P our tour guide for both trips was personable, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. Huge shout out to our drivers Jerry and Jack for getting us where we needed to go safely without issue. Our first tour was Northern Ireland/Belfast. We elected to do the black taxi cab tour which I would not miss. Our driver Martin was so passionate, was a wealth of knowledge, and shared incredible personal experiences. The remainder of the tour with the rope bridge and giants Causeway were unbelievable. The January Ireland weather was perfect and we wouldnt have changed a thing. Our second trip was through Wicklow to Kilkenny. Kilkenny is a fantastic medieval town with great restaurants and shopping. The scenery at Glendalough was breathtaking. It was so peaceful and really showcases the beauty of Ireland. The hi-light of the day was our stop in Wicklow at Richies farm. Richie and his son Gavin gave us a fantastic demonstration of what life is like to be a sheep farmer. Their dogs Bruce, Jerry and puppy Rob showed off their skills herding the farms sheep. If you are a dog lover you will love this tour. All in all Wild Rover is great to work with. Pick up locations are easy to find, you will learn a ton and have grand fun along the way. In the words of J.P.-Class!

Rhonda L R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide, Sarah was so knowledgeable. She really made the tour great! Glendalough was outstanding. Can't wait to go back and see more!

susanjxu USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour!

susanjxu USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour

Jocelyn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What a great day! Even though it started to snow, Richard and our driver rearranged the day so we could continue on. Richard is genuinely a lover of Irish history and his passion shows. It was a fabulous day. Thanks Richard!!!

Nicolette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

From sheep dog demonstration to beautiful natural sights to Medieval city - great tour to see what Ireland has to offer outside of Dublin!

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