Online-only winter promotion
(For tours departing before 11 July 2019)
*Limited availability on the special price
€35 €25 (Adult), €35 €25 (Student), €35 €25 (Child)
See Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny in one day on this short, guided day trip from Dublin. Finn McCools Tours has put together the perfect tour of some of Ireland’s most beautiful locations. Explore the beautiful medieval town of Kilkenny; enjoy the stunning vistas on the Wicklow Mountains; marvel at the gorgeous scenery at Glendalough. If you’re interested in seeing this side of Ireland, you may also like our Cliffs of Moher from Dublin tour.
After an 08:00 pick up from just outside the Dublin City Gallery, we will first make our way to the beautiful little town of Kilkenny. Known for its medieval atmosphere, amazing castle, and cobbled streets, Kilkenny is a town steeped in history and folklore. You have 2 hours to enjoy the amazing city of Kilkenny, which was once the medieval capital of Ireland, back in the 11th century. It is situated on the banks of the river Nore and you should definitely take a little time to walk along the riverside.
Tour of Kilkenny Castle
You will also have the opportunity to visit Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy the picturesque cobblestone streets and spend some time exploring the gardens of the famed Norman Castle, which dates back to the 1100s. Here, you have an opportunity to take a tour inside the castle for a small optional fee. Or to just enjoy a free video presentation of the castle’s history and take in the splendour of the castle and its gorgeous gardens. You can also visit the Black Abbey and the St. Canice’s Cathedral with its magnificent round tower. This is a beautiful city to enjoy and it might well be one of the biggest highlights of your visit to Ireland! If Ireland’s ancient castles and structures fascinate you, you may also like to take our Howth Village and Malahide Castle tour.
Visiting the Wicklow Mountains
After leaving Kilkenny, we will travel via the the Wicklow Mountains en route to our next stop at the Monastic site of Glendalough. With spectacular panoramic views of the landscape, this is a gorgeous scenic drive with amazing views stretching as far as the eyes can see. We will stop on a nice elevated spot for 10 minutes to get a few pictures of this outstanding view.
Wicklow Mountains’ exceptional natural beauty has inspired quite a few filmmakers to film there, such hit shows Vikings, and The Tudors as well as Hollywood blockbusters like P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. And if you’d like to visit another gorgeous Irish mountain range, you can travel through the Mourn Mountains on our Belfast to Dublin day tour.
Many people are just looking for a Dublin to Glendalough tour, such is the beauty and acclaim of this incredible monastic site. So, this final part of this tour is perhaps the highlight for most people. We will give you around 2 hours to explore one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland. The area is renowned for its magnificent scenery and rich and varied heritage. Here you will have time to explore the ruined monastic city that dates back to the 10th century. You will also find magnificent lakes, waterfalls, and babbling brooks — everything you could want from one of Ireland’s most beautiful locations. Glendalough is also known as the setting for the wedding scene in the film Braveheart.
After spending 2 hours in the Glendalough monastic site, we will head back to Dublin. The tour will end between 6:00pm and 6:30pm. Just in time for dinner in one of Dublin’s dozens of top restaurants.
**Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather. If you have any questions about this Dublin to Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, and Glendalough tour, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Start planning your ultimate adventure through Ireland’s incredible countryside.
8:00 am, Outside Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Around 5:00pm – 6:00pm, same place
Things to note:
- Not suitable for people with limited mobility
- Not suitable for children under 6. If your child is very used to travelling, please book 1 seat per child.
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Compass on 21 Oct 2018
All attractions were amazing and the tour guide gave us a lot of information and was really helpful!
Mece on 19 Oct 2018
Tara did a brilliant job – giving us the perfect match of facts, humor and giving us clues. Marc was driving and we felt save each moment. (I know what I’m talking about – I drove two days on my own…;o))) – Thank You both for a great day.
Taiana A. on 13 Oct 2018
The tour was great. The guide was funny, the bus comfortable, right on time. We enjoy all the visited places.
Jana V. on 16 Oct 2018
Gavin was great fun and told just the right amount of stories. The tour takes you to stunning places and you have enough time to walk around and have a look at the beautiful sights! Really liked that there was music on the bus which created a really nice atmosphere.
Tevaria M. on 15 Oct 2018
Derek and his driver was excellent. We see so much in a short time. Thanks for all. We hope that the trip will be offered also in the future.
Vlasta P. on 11 Oct 2018
We had wonderful time, mainly thanks to our amazing guide Chris :) Although the weather conditions on our trip were kot perfect and we were all tired, he made it fun and enjoyable.