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

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Overview

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.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Glendalough Monastic Settlement
Included is a guided walking tour offered by your tour guide. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. The Monastic Site dates from 600AD original established by Saint Kevin.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wicklow Mountains National Park
The National Park is the mountain range and also the Glendalough Monastic site and lakes. The tour spends 2 hours at the monastic site to include the walking tour and the drive through the Wicklow Gap with a stop at the top where there is a beautiful scenic point
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wild Rover Tours
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kilkenny Castle
Open access to the wonderful extensive Castle grounds behind the fortified granite walls that are 1000 years old. Across from the Castle is Butler House & Gardens, beautiful gardens and in the Castle stable yards the are crafts men and women at work, sculptures, painters, silversmiths and potterers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Wicklow Gap
Is one of the highest Irish mountain passes and located in County Wicklow.The wild and rugged scenery is the film location for many movies from Braveheart to PS I Love You and more recently the tv series Vikings. We have a stop at the top of the Gap and you have the opportunity to stroll the area and capture some images.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glendalough Monastic Settlement
Glendalough Sheep Farm. We visit the Cullen family farm and participate in the Sheep Dog Trials,have the opportunity to handle the lambs which are bred all year and play with the Irish Collie Dogs
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Curragh Racecourse
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.

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Awesome
Josue_C
, Mar 2020
Awesome experience. Noel and Sean made sure that everyone would enjoy the day. We had a little extra time at Glendalough and Noel showed us the way to do a quick hike up the mountain into the forest....anyway, we had a great time and highly recommend this day trip
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Sheepherding with a view
Tiffany_J
, Mar 2020
Richard and Paulo were fantastic at getting us around the Wicklow region. Richard was funny and very informative, often telling us of hidden ruins along the way. One example was the ancient enclosures upon the mountain that were highlighted because of the snow. We got to the Glendalough area and learned about the tower in the Monastic site. We then hiked our way to upper lake (1.4-1.6km). Do not miss out on this! I am sure if you ask the tour company, they can arrange a taxi to take you via the road to see the lake. The views were stunning even though the wind was trying to blow us over. Then, in my opinion, the best part of the whole tour was next. Watching the working sheep dogs! It was fantastic, and because we were there during Lambing season, we got to hold baby lambs (and a fiesty little puppy!) Micheal, the shepherd, was very informative about the whole process of herding, sheering and culling sheep. Unfortunately, the sheep are raised mostly for meat instead of their wool. The most mesmerizing part of our day was watching Maggie and 15 year old Dell work these sheep all with Micheal's whistles! We then went up the mountain for a photo stop right off the side of the road. We even had the lovely snow blowing down on us. We made our way down through the original Hollywood and into Kilkenny. Richard gave us some interesting facts about the Kilkenny castle and then we went down to the town hall, or the Tholsel. We were then told about herbest Alice and her poor maid, Patronella, and how one fled a witch Hunt while the other was burned at the stake. Kilkenny is a tiny Town and very easy to walk. We headed back to the restaurant above the Kilkenny design center for something to eat and to get a gander at the castle and the gardens once more. Richard was truly a fantastic guide and was dripping with historic facts. I've done a tour with another local tour company and I can say hands down Wild Rover is the better of the two. You have a driver focused on the road while the guide gives plenty of details and history about Ireland.
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Great experience
JYU
, Feb 2020
It was a great experience. JB and Pat were really funny. The only problem during the tour was it was way too cold in February. But I still enjoyed it.
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Fabulous day!
Barb
, Feb 2020
Lovely itinerary with a delightful host! This tour was the perfect balance of guided and independent. The countryside was amazing and the sheepdog demonstration was a real treat.
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Kilkenny and Wicklow mountains
Shannon
, Feb 2020
Cathy and John were exceptional in every way! The scenery was perfect, the weather wasn't fun but they could not control that.
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Just about to touch 5 star!
rbali2000
, Feb 2020
The tour guide, Noel, was very knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. And Sidney, who was driving, was also doing a very professional job. The only reason why I have not rated it 5 star is because of the facilities -- for a full day tour to not have Wifi on the coach, does not augur well, in today's time and age. Best wishes.
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excess charges
jainmegha566
, Jan 2020
Viator gave us a tour through wild rover tours which were charged excess if I would have booked through directly wild rover tours
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Great Day Trip
Compass03095087266
, Jan 2020
Great day trip, could've done without Kilkenny but loved Glendalough. The Wicklow mountains portion is just driving through it as well not really a stop.
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lovely day trip
j0sephhiggins
, Jan 2020
this tour is quite nice and takes you to two unique and beautiful spots - the wicklow mountains and the lovely city of kilkenny - the guide an driver could not be nicer - very good value - ty!
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Great trip!!
Jeff T
, Nov 2019
This was a fantastic tour with great views and lots of information and history delivered by Kathy! A must see if you find yourself in Ireland!!

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