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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.

Visiting Kilkenny

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. If you’re interested in a Wicklow Mountains tour but don’t want it to take up an entire tour to itself, then this is perfect for you. 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.

Sheepdog Herding

If you don’t already know, sheepdog herding is a competitive dog sport in which herding dogs, like the Border Collie, move sheep around a field, enclosures and gates as directed by their master. Sheepdogs, such as the Border Collie maintain control of the flock using their predatory behaviour. As you will see the skill, intelligence and obedience of a well-trained sheepdog makes an invaluable contribution to any farming family.

The beautiful views and vibrant scenery of Glendalough create the perfect backdrop and a genuine atmosphere where you will be engrossed in the Irish countryside. Throughout the demonstration, he will explain what each command means, giving a good insight into the dog training technique. You will witness the intelligence of these sheepdogs as they follow the commands obediently. This is a perfect opportunity for you to capture the true essence of Irish country living.

Glendalough Tour

Many people are just looking for a day tour from Dublin to Glendalough, 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.

Pick up
8:00 am, Outside Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Drop off
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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Laura92_Italy
2 month ago
Totally recommended!
We spent a wonderful day through the nature and history of a part of Irland. Thr trip was really comfortable and Captain John entertained us with nice music, funny and interesting stories.



Lisa F
2 month ago
My husband and I loved our day trip with tour guide Cathy and driver Joe. Cathy was very knowledgeable and helpful, she and I had a lovely chat as we walked to St.Canice’s Cathedral and again at St. Kevin’s monastic site and my husband got on famously with Joe, chatting it up on during breaks and rest stops as though they were old friends. The sites are gorgeous, everything we’d hoped.



nyr199435
2 month ago
First off, I was really shocked by how much we were able to pack in to one day on this tour. This was, in part, thanks to Captain John being so on top of timing. Literally as we were walking out of Glendalough Park the mobs were walking in. But while we were there, it was idyllic, peaceful, and quiet. Nothing but fresh air and beautiful vistas. The monastic site was awe-inspiring, and we saw many more beautiful scenes on the way to Kilkenny. Captain John gave us good tips on things to see for each stop and provided us with a lot of good information (along with a few hilarious “true stories”) along the way. Highly enjoyable, and highly recommended!



kierstenfalck
2 month ago
Great tour just a little short
The tour group was great! First you drive to Glendalough and stay 2 hours. Then you drive to Kilkenny (2 hour stay) and stop at the Wicklow gap along the way, also driving though the mountains.
Company was incredible. Safe drive. Godfrey was our tour guide and he was great, really enjoys what he does and gives good info without being obnoxious.
My only wish is that there was an hour more at each spot! That’s why I gave 4/5. Otherwise everything else was perfect.



Danica Rizza G
2 month ago
Great tour with Captain John
Had a lovely day on Glendalough/Kilkenny on May bank holiday which made more fun with Captain John. It’s a small group/coach so it’s less stress and you have more time to spend touring around.



Vlasta P.
3 month ago
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.