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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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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...
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!
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!
Loved Kilkenny, will be going back there.
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.
glendalough is magic! make sure you take the walk to the two lakes.
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