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Overview

Soak up the majesty and myth of Ireland’s Wicklow County on this full-day tour from Dublin. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore cultural and natural gems and lively pubs to the breathtaking Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. Movie buffs will enjoy a stop at Sally’s Gap, filming location of Braveheart, as well as the bridge crossed by the lovers in the romantic comedy P.S. I Love You.
  • Day trip from Dublin to Wicklow, the 'Garden of Ireland'
  • Guided tour of the 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough
  • Stunning scenery and wild landscapes of Wicklow
  • Opportunity to shop for Irish crafts at Avoca Handweavers
  • See where scenes from Braveheart were filmed at Sally's Gap
  • Visit a traditional Irish pub for lunch
  • Enjoy stunning sea views of Dublin Bay at Sandycove

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Film lovers will enjoy seeing locations from Braveheart and visiting the bridge from P.S. I Love You. And anyone can appreciate the ruggedly scenic vistas as you journey along the coast and through the lovely Wicklow Mountains.

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In the morning, meet your guide and coach at one of the central Dublin pickup locations. Grab a comfortable seat and enjoy the drive out of the city, passing sites not commonly seen by tourists such as the exclusive suburbs of Sandycove and Dalkey with amazing sea views. Then cut away form the city and take in rocky coastal scenery as you head into the Wicklow Mountains.   

Your first stop brings you to Avoca Handweavers, Kilmacanogue. Enjoy a dose of traditional Irish culture, shop for fine handmade goods and have a rich cup of tea (own expense). Then re-board the coach and head into the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Sally Gap. View the park’s upper slopes, blanketed in heath and bog before stopping at Lough Tay (The Guinness Lake" ) a true wonder and film location for Braveheart, the tributary film about Scottish hero William Wallace and current series of Vikings.

Afterward, your group will visit a traditional Irish pub for lunch (own expense). Relax, savor Irish home-cooking and sip on at a creamy Guinness before heading to your final stop on the tour 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,founded 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. Enjoy a guided tour of the many sites including the Round Tower, and have some free time to explore on your own.
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Back on the luxury Mercedes Coach for a free tot of Jamerson Whiskey. Time to talk and think as you start back on our return journey to Dublin.

Your 8.5-hour tour drops off at Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel or Trinity College in the evening

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M
, Aug 2018

One of my favorite tours in Ireland. The place we stopped for breakfast had a lovely atmosphere, the place we stopped for lunch was fun and we had plenty of time to eat and enjoy. The views were spectacular and our guide was absolutely wonderful

K
, Jul 2018

The only reason, not the full 5 stars was that because of circumstances we were unable to walk to the loughs at Glendalough which I really wanted pictures of. Props to our driver John for making the best of a really bad afternoon. There was an accident that re-routed the coach to some very interesting side roads than on the side road we met up with a coach that had broken down in the middle of a 'T' section so no one could get around him. After 90-minutes we were finally able to back out of the area and to where we were to eat lunch. We finally arrived at Glendalough when we would normally be getting back to Dublin. John was able to keep himself and us all in good spirits. Up until meeting the broken down bus it was a wonderful tour.

m
, Jul 2018

First day tour of 4 during our trip to Ireland. Dave was the BEST tour guide—he learned our names and was fun, funny, and full of knowledge. The only downside to the tour was that we were under the assumption that the stop at Avoca Handweavers meant that we were actually seeing the handweaving in action... however, it was more of a craft/food shop. Other than that, we enjoyed our time seeing County Wicklow and getting out of the city. Thanks for a great day, Dave!

a
, Jul 2018

We have spent two full weeks in Ireland but this was one of the best tours we ever took, maybe the best. John was our excellent driver and the perfect guide and entertainer ! We were so impressed with his fantastic energy, knowledge, professionalism and love of Ireland ! How can he even do two jobs so well at the same time? We will never forget him and that beautiful day in the Wicklow mountains...
If you are in Dublin and want to get a glimpse of Ireland's country side and medieval sites, this is a must ! Glendalough is also a magical place and suche a rare experience to enjoy !

H
, Jul 2018

I have now been on this tour twice. Once with my boyfriend and a second time wth my family. The tour guides are excellent and willing to help take photos. The sights are breathtaking and worth every penny.

M
, Jul 2018

It is a very pleasant trip, lots interesting scene to see and the driver guide is super nice. took us to lots nice places and gave us a good guided tour of Glendaloughs medieval monastic settlement, The dark Guinness lake is very interesting and gave us a try of Irish whiskey, it tasted good. We like it.

s
, Jun 2018

I feel like I cant even focus on the fact that all of the stop locations were fantastic due to the other problems we encountered. From the start, the mechanics of the trip were terrible. Our bus was 25 minutes late in picking us up. The bus itself was old and rickety, it kinda felt like something was going to fall apart. The seats were stained and dirty, and the AC was barely working. At our first stop, John, our tour guide, said we had 15 minutes. Well three girls went off and explored and we had to wait 20 minutes for them to come back. He didnt set an exact time and they took off exploring while the rest of us sat on the bus instead of exploring ourselves. This was our 4th tour and every other tour guide specifically said they have a time schedule to keep on and will leave people behind for not following the allotted time schedule. This may seem cruel, but guess what? Everyone was back on the bus in time. The second issue was then we were allowe 30 minutes for a coffee break, and people were still late coming back. I would have rather had 30 minutes for the first stop and then 15 for a coffee break. Then we went out of our way to pick up 5 more guests that had booked from a hotel not in dublin, and they ended up being a no show. Again, wasted time. We didnt get to lunch until after 2:20PM. The driver even said hes an hour later than all of his colleagues for lunch. After lunch we finally got to Glendalough, but we were forced to do a 30 minute tour in the graveyard where John talked and talked about the history and stuff Ill never remember. I know this can be interesting, but it could have been discussed on the bus ride instead of cutting our time off of exploring on our own. The cemetery tour should be optional, not forced. There were people on our tour that hardly spoke any English and still had to sit there and listen. We got back to dublin an hour later than scheduled. I hate to say anything bad about John, because you can really tell hes a fun loving guy who loves his job and country. Hes super nice and very friendly, but the singing along to EVERY song has got to stop. Hed ask us to listen to an Irish song, and then proceeded to sing over the loudspeaker to every song. We never heard the actual vocals or music. He even sang along to the instrumental songs! It was ridiculous. If you want to sing along thats fine, but please dont do it over the loudspeaker. On the way home, there was a good few songs he didnt sing along to, and everyone fell asleep. As soon as he started singing again, everyone jolted awake. I wanted to get off the bus and walk home. It was not the relaxing day we had hoped for. I strongly recommend a different tour company.

B
, Jun 2018

This was a great tour! It is guaranteed to provide you beautiful views through the Wicklow National Park. There were many opportunities to get off the bus and walk around in the mountains. Our guide, Mark, did a great job. He was very purposeful to go through and talk with each person on the tour, even though it was a larger group. That made it feel like a smaller tour group. One part of the description that confused us was when it talked about Avoca Handweavers. We understood that to mean actually seeing the handweavers, but this was actually just a rest stop/convenience shop. This wasn't a big deal, just a misunderstanding on our part. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip!

C
, Apr 2018

Excellent tour

s
, Apr 2018

The scenery was spectacular, even in March. But the bus driver made the entire trip so special. His knowledge and explanations of Irish history made the tour very interesting. Amazingly, the driver actually brought a snow shovel with him as there was a part of the Wicklow passage that was still not clear from some unexpected winter weather. He shoveled the road so we could get through! Unbelievable service. The bus driver received applause from the passengers. Had it not been for him, we would not have made it through to Glendalough. We were mesmerized by his stories. He was such a pleasant man and the trip was wonderful.


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