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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.
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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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Food and drinks
Hotel drop off

Departure Point

23 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7, Ireland

Please be at pick up point at least 5 minutes before scheduled departure time. The coach will proceed to the next pick up point after its first pick up at the Gresham Hotel. 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

8:00 AM

Departure Point

33 College Green, Dublin, D02 DD76, Ireland

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.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

8 Christchurch Pl, Dublin 8, D08 REK7, Ireland

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.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

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
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
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
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.
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:  
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
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:  
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
  • 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.
Q:
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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Traveler Tips


  • "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-5
Great tour for first timers in the Emeralrd Isle.
Anchal_D
, Oct 2021
We had a great tour guide, Robert and driver, Paulo. Super friendly and knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. We ended up having a different tour guide the following day for another tour and wished we had gone with Robert and Paulo instead.
star-5
Excellent
Ashish_K
, Oct 2021
Trip was grant. Best Tour service. Looking to book next trip for next week. Tour guide Murphy nice gentlemen.
star-5
Highly recommend
Tricia_G
, Oct 2021
Our tour guides were incredible. The bus driver’s ability was unbelievable!!! This tour was so memorable.
star-5
Great day in Ireland
danielle_g
, Sep 2021
We spent a wonderful day thanks to Paolo and Kim. Kim is a great guide, very professional and always ready to share her knowledge of Ireland.
star-5
Fantastic day
joanne_w
, Sep 2021
Everything about the day was fantastic. Kim and Sarah were wonderful. Very friendly and very knowledgeable. They made the day so enjoyable
star-5
Definitely book this tour
Nichole
, Sep 2021
Fantastic trip. Murphy (guide) was funny yet thorough. Sid (driver) was kind and good-humored, letting Murphy tease him during his speeches. I highly recommend this tour. Luckily we had great weather, just a quick sprinkle in Kilkenny, but the sun really came out in Glendalaugh. The history of these places is fascinating and the land is beautiful. Take this tour. Murphy keeps everyone on time. I went solo and was nervous about being on such a long trip by myself but Murphy made sure to make everyone feel included.
star-5
A wonderful tour
Robin_V
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Murphy was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He knew loads of interesting information and the sites we got to see were absolutely stunning. We would recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin.
star-5
Fun day in Ireland
Annette_M
, Sep 2021
Cathy our tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable, friendly & fun. Would highly recommend this trip. You get to see & experience so much in one day, not overwhelming. Comfortable, clean bus too.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Pleasant itinerary with an exceptional narrative
Anthony_A
, Sep 2021
The locations we visited were pleasant, an a nice reflection of Ireland. The highlight of the trip, however, was the historical narrative and delightful, often poignant anecdotes that were given between the stops. Cathy (with a capital C) was a total delight! Her delivery was professionally smooth, with compelling content that kept me awake (not an easy task). Her inclusion of the story of how the Choctaw tribe in the US sending money to the suffering Irish during the “Hunger” brought tears to my eyes. Being a tribal member, I thought this act of charity had gone into the dustbin of history, but this retelling of the story helps it to live on. Please continue to include it in future tours. I sat behind Sarah, our driver, and always felt safe, even on the narrow backroads. She was obvious competent, and always “kept it between the lines.” It was a delightful day. (Oh, and I went into the sheep dog demo with low expectation, but totally enjoyed it.)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful tour
Gina_L
, Sep 2021
It was great and pleasant journey. More than enough that we ever expected. Sarah and Cathy were very good and accommodating. God bless.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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