• 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

barbanncowles1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our tour guide, Aisling, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We really enjoyed all the history. Our bus driver, Sidney, was also top notch. Everything that we saw was must see in Ireland.

erikamh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Wild Rovers did our tour. Murphey was our guide. He did a great job giving us lots of information and keeping it fun, cracking jokes. We spent about 2 hours in Kilenny, just enough time to check out the castle and cathedral. We stopped for a photo op at the glacier lake. Then had two hours in the Wicklow mountains to visit a monastery site and hike to a beautiful lake. There was a lot of walking at this stop, 2 miles or so. The sheepdog demonstration was real cute. Definitelyworth your time to see other parts of Ireland.

Lisa V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Its an early start and a long day however it is packed with beauty and history. The bus was clean and comfortable however the WiFi was a bit weak. The tour guide Kim was fantastic, bright, animated. She kept us going with history, stories, legends and myths. The time passed quickly. The driver John did a great job getting us to each destination safely. On this trip we visited Kilkenny, Wicklow and Glendalough. Although I wish we could have spent more time at each location, I understand we would not have been able to see all that we did in one day as there was a fair bit of time on the road.
We were also blessed with unusually sunny and dry weather which made the experience even more pleasant.
Note to Trip Advisor. You need to add more options on the app for type of visit as there is no choice for families traveling with adult children.

tmorizuka Japan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Very precious experience to understand the history and culture of Ireland

soda99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I had a wonderful time. This tour shows how beautiful Ireland truly is.

Eric Y Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Beautiful mountains!

Michael O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A perfect way to avoid the stress of driving. Obviously time is a factor, so being able to enjoy the scenery while travelling is a bonus!

OrviLidoM United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I enjoyed our trip with Wild Rover Tours. Our tour guide, Anthony, and driver, Richard, were professional, organized, helpful and knowledgeable. Our bus was comfortable owned by the company, not a rental! with wifi access and comfortable seats. Anthony provided enough history and background about sites we were going to see, and I appreciated his recommendations on how to structure our time at each site to optimize our time. The trip is relaxed and not rushed unlike other tours. Here are my takeaways from this day trip:

1 WORTH IT.
2 Kilkenny is a cute town with 2 main attractions - an old church and a castle. I highly recommend walking around town first, then leaving a self-guided tour of the castle at the end it takes about 30 minutes.
3 Glendalough was spectacular. Be prepared for a little bit of a walk about 20 minutes each way to see the larger lake. It's flat with no steep hills or anything, so you should be fine walking. They suggest you bring a packed lunch which you can purchase in Kilkenny and have a picnic once you reach the lake!
4 Wicklow gap - Spectacular views. You stop here for a quick photo.
5 Sheep Farmer - We loved this demonstration of the sheepdog herding the sheep. The sheep farmer's family has been in sheep farming for generations, and was gracious to share with us his family's traditions.

In summary, DO THIS ONE. You will be lucky if you get Anthony. He's funny, professional and is very knowledgeable about Irish history.

katkv United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wild Rover Tours was wonderful. Our tour guide, JP, was very knowledgeable and personable and, our driver, Paddy, was terrific! We stopped in Kilkenny and did a short, informative, interesting walking tour with JP before we were left to do our own thing. Then, back on the bus and a ride through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, where we explored, by foot, the graveyard and stunning scenic grounds. We topped off our chilly mid March journey with an Irish coffee inside the Glendalough Hotel. Then, because it was lambing season, we got to visit a family run sheep farm, where there were lots of baby lambs and sheep herding dogs who were fascinating to watch. Richard, the sheep herder, was quite interesting and his dogs amazingly well trained! Terrific day trip! Caution: For those who experience motion sickness, you should probably dose up on Dramamine before you start your day, as some in our party struggled a bit with the windy roads.

Johnathan M. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour and great staff!!!!

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