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

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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. 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

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See the best of Kilkenny and Glendalough in just one day in the comfort of a luxury coach.
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Hotel pickup from selected hotels in Dublin
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
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Hotel drop off
  • Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin , 23 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7, Ireland

    First pickup stop. The guide will have the manifest of passengers names and the coach will be grey in colour with a silver company logo of a dog. Departure time 8.05am.

  • Ulster Bank (College Green) , 33 College Green, Dublin, D02 DD76, Ireland

    Second pickup stop. The guide will have the manifest of passengers names and the coach will be grey in colour with a silver company logo of a dog. Departure time 8.15am.

  • Jurys Inn Christchurch Dublin , 8 Christchurch Pl, Dublin 8, D08 REK7, Ireland

    Third pickup stop. The guide will have the manifest of passengers names and the coach will be grey in colour with a silver company logo of a dog. Departure time 8.25am.

  • 8:00 AM
    Westmoreland Street , Westmoreland St, Dublin, Ireland

    The tour will end at the drop off point of Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2 at 6.15pm. The Temple Bar side of the street.

    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
    Pass By:  
    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.
    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.
    Stop At:  
    Kilkenny Castle
    A stop of between 2 hours 30 minutes and 3 hours our visit to Kilkenny City offers a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of Ireland's medieval past and its present which Kilkenny showcases the very best of. It is considered to be one of the cultural and craft centres on the island.Your Guide will offer to all a free walking guided tour of the city to include Kilkenny Castle grounds, all the notable sites through the narrow winding cobbled stone streets. Stories of history, you will have ample time to freely browse the sites and shops. With open access, the wonderful extensive Castle grounds behind the fortified 1000 year old granite walls is a must visit. Across from the Castle is Butler House & Gardens, beautiful gardens and the Castle stable yards where silversmith crafts men and women are at work, sculptures, painters, tanners and potterers. The workshops are open to the public. Visit the haunted Black Church and Rothe House filled with Viking artifacts. Artisan cafes galore!
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Laragh
    We visit a working Irish sheep farm set in the Wicklow Mountains. At the farm there will be a Sheep Dog Trials where the Shepard will work with his collie dogs in a demonstration through the fields of the farm. After this there is a open answer and question session with the farmer and all passengers get the opportunity to mingle with the lambs, sheep and the dogs. The setting is magical at the foot of the hills located in a beautiful valley.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    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: 20 minutes
    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: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    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. Your guide will walk and guide you though the site recounting old stories and folklore. There old church ruins, the round towers, ancient graveyards and of course the beautiful scenery.The towers have a single entrance high up and the Monks would barricade themselves and their precious Bible Manuscripts in the tower specifically built to keep the Vikings raiding parties at bay secure from pillage and murder. Our guests have ample time to walk the two lakes if they wish and while at the site there is a lovely venue at which light food and refreshments can be bought. 2 hours visiting time.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • 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
    • OPERATED BY Wild Rover Tours
    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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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin.
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin.

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    • "You will want to bring your walking/hiking shoes to at least head up to the lower lake while you're there." See review
    • "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." See review
    • "I am sure if you ask the tour company, they can arrange a taxi to take you via the road to see the lake." See review

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    star-4
    Melissa was a very...
    Diana_L
    , Aug 2022
    Melissa was a very informative tour guide. Kilkenny was a good experience. I would liked an extra hour in Kilkenny and an hour less at St Kevin’s monastery.
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    star-5
    good day trip from Dublin
    jason_h
    , Aug 2022
    Good trip. Lots of time in the motor coach but it was comfortable. Suzanne was our guide and she was great. Kilkenny is just a small town but it was cool, I think we stayed about an hour. Glendalough was very interesting and had a beautiful landscape and lakes. The sheep dog training was interesting to see. Overall a good trip
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    star-5
    Good trip to great places.
    Patricia_R
    , Aug 2022
    the guide and driver were the best! Loved seeing the old city of Kilkenny - the guide was very helpful. Glendaloch was wonderful. Very modern facilities. Sheep dog experience. So amazing to watch the wonder of a sheep dog.
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    star-5
    Dublin visit
    Susan_S
    , Aug 2022
    The guide was excellent, told us lots of Irish history and history of each place we visited. Sang us a few songs that also told great stories. Good length of tour as well. Great itinerary. I use viator whenever I can. Our particular tour was with wild rover tours and they were excellent.
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    star-5
    Huggin St. Kevin!!
    Lee_M
    , Aug 2022
    This tour was phenomenal. Kim and Stephen were our guide/driver. Lots of rich history and beautiful scenery in Killkenny, Wicklow, and Glendalough. Visit the Castle in Kilkenny; be sure to save time for the round tower, about 15 minute walk from Castle (only round tower you can walk up). Wicklow Mountains and County Glendalough-St. Kevin's Monastic City were expansive and gorgeous. Take Kim's walking tour in Glendalough and hug St. Kevin's cross. Gentle incline walk to the upper lake through stunning forests with ample photo opportunities. Be sure to take clothing layers as the temps shift quite frequently.
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    star-5
    Kim was terrific at her...
    nanceerevere
    , Aug 2022
    Kim was terrific at her information delivery and Stephen was wonderful at getting us out and back. Thank you them both.
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    star-5
    Save the best for last
    Yana_S
    , Aug 2022
    Kilkenny was by far the best town in Ireland we visited. It was like in a fairy tale. Wicklow mountains and the 2 lakes were also spectacular. If you would like to (and have time) you can climb the steep trail and get a great view at the top of the two lakes. If you do not have enough time, you can go straight to them and have a pick-nick there. The experience at the local farm was also quite cool. You get to hug sheep and take pictures with them and the farmer does a collie shepherds dog herding demonstration, which is very entertaining.
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    star-5
    Fun day in the countryside
    elaineristaino
    , Aug 2022
    Sean was our tour guide and was amazing! He had his own maps and restaurant recs that he shared with everyone ! He even had a special playlist for each of his tours. He was knowledgeable and interesting . The tour itself was lovely! The countryside was beautiful and tranquil as opposed to the hustle and bustle of Dublin but our favorite part was the sheep dog trials and getting a chance to hold baby sheep. My only negative was that the seats on the bus were cramped(smaller than a coach airline seat) but it was clean and new Definitely recommend
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    star-5
    Good tour
    Roopa_H
    , Aug 2022
    Good tour the guide was knowledgeable. Gave us ample time to wander around the Kilkenny town. Played good music and also played tourist choice as well.
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    star-4
    Excellent Tour
    Jina_N
    , Aug 2022
    We enjoyed the tour. We would rather have had more guidance. The free time before the walking tour made it difficult to find the tour guide. We didn't have a phone so couldn't call so we just wandered around Kilkenny. Tour guide Liam was very informative and made an effort to talk with each person on the bus. Nice touch! Stephen was the driver. I wouldn't want his job. Amazingly, we managed to maneuver the narrow roads. The sheep dogs were amazing! Nice tour with beautiful scenery.
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    star-5
    Wonderful day near Dublin
    MIGUELANGEL_S
    , Aug 2022
    Richard, the guide, made the tour memorable. He is so funny and professiobal. Steven, the driver, did a wonderful job, making us feel comfortable and safe. My congratulations to the twio of them.
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    star-5
    For sure
    Roelien_J
    , Aug 2022
    Wonderful countryside, Glendalough is such a fantastic sight I would not miss it for the world. The sheepdog experience was grand
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    star-5
    Must Do Tour
    sanchezquiros95
    , Aug 2022
    County Wicklow was absolutely breathtaking! The scenery was very serene, the people were welcoming, and the sheep were adorable, a must do tour!
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    star-5
    The trip was well...
    Deborah_M
    , Aug 2022
    The trip was well organized and our guide provided an excellent overview of each area we visited. The sheep farm at the end was a perfect way to complete the tour.
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    star-5
    Lots to see!
    Lachlan_C
    , Aug 2022
    Great tour! Lots to see! A good way to fill in a day out of the city, Kilkenny was a highlight with its craft hall full of various skilled craftspeople, the sheep dog trials also a pleasant experience.
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    star-5
    Great Tour!
    Ellina_R
    , Aug 2022
    Wonderful trip with a knowledgeable and charismatic tour guide. A wonderful adventure for anyone who wants to see several must-see places in one day!
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    star-5
    Spectacular scenery!
    Dawn_T
    , Aug 2022
    The drive out to these sites was beautiful. I really enjoyed the city of Kilkenny and Glendalough lake was absolutely spectacular. I appreciated the sheep dog trials, but my favorite part was holding the lambs…they were adorable! And our guide, Susana & the driver (Steven?) were awesome. They got us to the spots early so we didn’t have to fight too many crowds till we had been there a while. I highly recommend this tour for gorgeous scenery!
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    star-5
    From the Irish past to the present in one day!
    Diane_N
    , Aug 2022
    The whole day was a great introduction to Ireland. I enjoyed the scenery and calm countryside. I enjoyed Dublin but this was better suited to what I enjoy. Our tour guide was exceptional and definitely added to the enjoyment …
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    star-4
    Beautiful countryside!
    John_N
    , Aug 2022
    Wonderful views of mountains. Skilled guide and bus driver. Monastic site was a highlight. Outdoor dining area at monastery was lovely.
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    star-5
    Amazing day!
    Linda_G
    , Aug 2022
    David was an excellent driver and singer! Orla was amazing in every way…her knowledge of the area, her knowledge of history and art, and her interesting stories and beautiful singing voice!!! Highly recommend this tour:
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