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Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


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. This tour also includes a stop at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, where you'll be able to see border collies corral sheep across the fields.
  • 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
  • Round-trip transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach from Dublin

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the best of Kilkenny and Glendalough in just one day in the comfort of a luxury coach.

What's Included

  • Complimentary walking tours of of Kilkenny Medieval City & Glendalough Monastic Site
  • Stop at Wicklow Gap glacial valley
  • Free unlimited 4G Wi-Fi available on the coach
  • Irish sheep farm visit & sheep dog demonstration herding sheep,handle lambs all year & collie dogss
  • Guided walking tours in Kilkenny City & Glendalough Monastic Site
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop off

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08:00 AM

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What To Expect

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.

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 traveling 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.

Wild Rover Tours (Pass By)

Departing Dublin the tour with depart from and return through the different parts of the city. Your guide will tell you about the history of the city, the landmark buildings and stories of local folklore and people.

The Curragh Racecourse (Pass By)

Travelling though the County of Kildare, rich land the home to Irelands thoroughbred race horse breeding industry. The Curragh is extensive area and National Park, it is the home to wild life while also the military base, Irelands largest prison and of course the home of Irish flat racing.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please be outside one of the 3 available pickup locations listed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children 2 years and under are not allowed to travel
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

You will want to bring your walking/hiking shoes to at least head up to the lower lake while you're there.
There is a lot of walking/hiking, especially at the Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Wicklow Mountains National Park, so I recommend boots if you have them.
I am sure if you ask the tour company, they can arrange a taxi to take you via the road to see the lake.
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A great day
Olivia_L, Feb 2023
A really wonderful tour, got to see a lot and spend a good amount of time at each location. The tour guide, Sean, was great and if you wanted could join him for a short walking tour at each location and then still have time to explore on your own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best tour guide ever!
Micha_D, Feb 2023
We kinda spontaneously found out about that day trip and it was the best decision ever! We had a great day, the weather was perfect. Our tour guide was the best we could have ever imagined. We learned so much through various stories instead of simply listening to pure history. 11/10 totally recommended thing to do. Lovely dogs, lovely people, lovely places, lovely views. Must go!
Awesome day trip!
Dublin to Kilkenny, including a sheep farm, Wicklow Mountains, and Glendalough (walk to the second pond for sure) along the way. The guide, Liam and the driver Oein were outstanding! Liam's touring through Glendalough and Kilkenny were especially awesome. Learning Irish spelling and pronunciations were entertaining as well.
Trip of 2023/01
Italo_T, Jan 2023
I had a such great experience with this trip. I totally recommend. The only problem for me was the Bus. There’s no toilet inside and this a big problem for me. But about the trip…just lovely memories.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It’s nice to go
HongXiao_S, Jan 2023
The dmsheep and dog trial was excellent n the dog was so cute. I was enjoyed. The glandlough was great too
1 traveler found this review helpful
Alice_W, Jan 2023
It was rainy and all, but that's January for you. Yet we had a great group and most awesome tourguide. Liam told us about the areas we went, the history, he made sure we were all alright.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very good deal for the price
Nicolas_S, Jan 2023
From the moment i got on the bus, i loved the tour guide named Liam. He made an effort to meet each individual person, talk to us, and even checked in with us at the end of the day to get our opinions and make sure we all had fun. Seeing the sheep herding dogs was awesome, the glendalough part wasnt quite as exciting (cold and raining), wicklow mountains were relaxing, and kilkenny was cool but i felt that 2.5 hours there was a bit too long for my taste. Considering the price of this 10hr tour was only around $40, it was insanely worth it. I definitely recommend any tour by this company, Wild Rover Tours.
Fantastic Time
Alana_R, Jan 2023
Liam was the heart and soul of this tour. A phenomenal tour guide full of information and passion for history, but his love of people really shined through. He made a conscious effort to get to know each person on the tour and answered questions with care. He gave recommendations for later in our trip and even gave his cell number to people traveling Ireland for longer periods of time. The timing of the tour was also great, with a lovely mix of guided portions and exploration solo time! Would definitely recommend
Excellent tour even in winter.. less crowded
Renee_C, Jan 2023
I absolutely loved the Glendalough Sheep dog demonstration! Got to hold a lamb and pet a birdie collie so I got my animal fix while on vacation. Our tour guide, Liam, was EXCELLENT. Definately the best tour guide I’ve ever had! He told loads of stories, was full of history knowledge and took time to talk with each person individually on the bus on the way back! And you can’t beat his authentic Irish accent!
The whole excursion was...
Abigail_C, Jan 2023
The whole excursion was wonderful. From our tour guide Richard sharing all the amazing history of Ireland, to hearing a great farmer share with us his 600 year old family sheeting experience. Kilkenny was a true gem to visit.
Great fun!
Kristy_H, Jan 2023
Loved the sheep farm experience. I would have had a great time spending the entire day there. Kilkenny was a fun and interesting place to spend some time as well. I would definitely do this trip again.
A great day outside Dublin
Pierre_P, Jan 2023
Really nice day. Great tour, guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Kilkenny is really worth visiting, locals were extremely friendly.
Miranda_A, Jan 2023
This was a wonderful trip and definitely worth its value. For the price you can’t even get a bus ticket which covers the travel. The upper lake is gorgeous. Kilkenny is a charming city. Holding a baby lamb was a highlight of my experience. Thank you Richard and Gerry for a wonderful trip.
Excellent trip
Manhui_L, Jan 2023
Fun trip, kids love it. You got to visit city, nature, farm altogether in one trip, the tour guide is awesome, very knowledgeable, he sang traditional Irish folk songs throughout the tour. Recommend for family traveling.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
HI, We are thrilled that you and your family loved the day out with us and that your Tour guide entertained you on the day also, what fun for you all. Maybe your family will join us on another wild Rover tour soon. Thank you again for your lovely review
Fabulous Day Trip!
Molly_D, Jan 2023
Dave the guide and Will the driver were incredibly helpful and well informed. This was a GREAT trip! Highlights were holding sheep, seeing beautiful scenery and the Kilkenny castle. My children, parents and I all had a terrific time. And Dave is a great singer.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
HI, Thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you and your whole family enjoyed the day, special moment holding sheep, great fun for the children. You were also lucky to hear Dave sing, he loves to entertain our clients. Hope you all sang along! Thank you again. Kind Regards, Jacqueline
Great day out!
Deepak_S, Dec 2022
Brilliant trip and wonderful tour! Best to wear some comfort shoes, no need to bring a lunch as you stop off in Kilkenny for a great meal
Amazing and well worth the cost!!
Stephanie_D, Dec 2022
Do yourself a favor and book this tour. You will not regret it. The scenery on the drive, the commentary and music provided by our tour guide (I forgot his name, but he's Canadian), and overall experience were spectacular. Prepare yourself for a long day, but know that it will be enjoyable.
A most enjoyable adventure
Doris_A, Dec 2022
My friend and I really enjoyed our trip to Kilkenny and Glendalough. The drive through the Wicklow Mountains was magical with a new fallen covering of snow. The visit to the sheep farm and watching the dogs perform their skills was interesting and entertaining. Sean and Gerry were excellent guides, informative and always there to help with any assistance we needed. A most enjoyable adventure.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome day trip
Emily_A, Dec 2022
This is an awesome day trip that I would highly recommend. Antonio is an amazing tour guide with so much knowledge. Pete also did a great job driving even in icy conditions. Was still really enjoyable despite the cold weather!
Highlight of our Dublin Trip
Elisabetta_P, Dec 2022
Sean and Gerry were amazing! Highlight of our Dublin trip for sure. Sean is a very knowledgeable guide and knows how to entertain everyone during the tour and Gerry drives very nicely the coach and felt very safe. 100% recommended!!
1 traveler found this review helpful


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