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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

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Highly recommend this tour
c_t
, Dec 2021
Kathy and Lisa were knowledgeable tour leader and bus driver. Best experience, beautiful day. Handled our group well, and made the tour very enjoyable.
star-3
Save for the end of your trip
Natalie_W
, Nov 2021
I would save this trip for the end, after hitting other major sites in Ireland. The sheep dog trial was fun. It’s probably just me, but after walking to the lakes in Wicklow, I was too tired to stroll around Kilkenny, also doesn’t help that we didn’t get to make a proper stop for food until we got to Kilkenny which was already pretty late. Our tour guides were okay. Overall not a bad trip just would advise saving it for the end of your trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Natalie, Thank you for the review. Can I mention in response that during the winter months we reverse the tour and visit Glendalough & Wicklow in the morning. Resaon is the early sunset. In the winter the best day light to enjoy the countryside and the Glendalough Monastic site is during the morning and midday light. It is possible to buy lite breakfasts while visting Glendalough. The schdeuled arrival time to Kilkenny City is 2pm and we have a 2 hours 30 mins stop there.
star-5
Great experience
Tricia_K
, Nov 2021
The driver Ger and the tour guide were excellent we also had a bit of fun on the bus. There were very knowledgeable and we learned a lot on the tour.
star-5
Best tour guides!
Susan_H
, Nov 2021
Richard and Joe are the absolute best! I greatly enjoyed the stories, information, expertise, adhd humor that they both brought. The scenery was beautiful and I feel like I got a glimpse of the real Ireland. By the end of the day both Richard and Joe felt like friends and as someone traveling alone, it was nice to feel the friendship for the day.
star-5
A great trip
DonSam_V
, Nov 2021
The tour guide Cathy and driver Paul were amazing. Really enjoyed the whole day.The places were beautiful.
star-5
I loved glendalough, ...
Claudinea_d
, Nov 2021
I loved glendalough, Kilkenny and the sheep dog. I specially enjoyed to see the dog bringing the sheep 🐑, they are very smart.
star-5
Summer wheater - very Good tour
Angelika_B
, Oct 2021
Anthony was an excellence Guide and Paolo the best Bus driver 😃 we heard so much interesting things about Ireland and we have time enough for all sights. Thanks for this Perfect day.
star-5
Great Tour
Pauline_C
, Oct 2021
Our tour leader, Antony Kelly, was excellent as was the driver. He brought the whole experience to life. The self guided Kilkenny Castle tour was great. Glendalough was beautiful and learning about the sheep, sheep farming and sheep dogs was enlightening!
star-5
Amazing guide Murphy
Michelle_D
, Oct 2021
The glen du loch was beautiful even on the rain the autumn colours shone through , the guide Murphy was amazing , nothi b was too much trouble he made the trip .
star-5
Great trip
Sharon_H
, Oct 2021
Very good trip, friendly helpful staff , and nice to see other part of Ireland than Dublin Unfortunately we had rubbish wet weather, so take a Brolly if rain forecast

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