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Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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.
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

1: Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin, 23 O'Connell Street Upper, Northside, Dublin, D01 C3W7, Ireland
2: Ulster Bank (College Green), 33 College Green, Dublin, D02 DD76, Ireland
3: Jurys Inn Christchurch Dublin, 8 Christchurch Pl, Dublin 8, D08 REK7, Ireland

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Westmoreland Street, Westmoreland St, Dublin, Ireland
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Obviously time is a factor, so being able to enjoy the scenery while travelling is a bonus!" See review
  • "You need to add more options on the app for type of visit as there is no choice for families traveling with adult children." See review
  • "You will want to bring your walking/hiking shoes to at least head up to the lower lake while you're there." See review

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An Enjoyable Days Outing
Anthony_G
, Sep 2020
We enjoyed our trip from start to end. The guide/driver, Sarah, was excellent. Gave a lot of historical information as well as general information which added to our journey. Our times in Kilkenny city and Glendalough were very interesting and finishing the day at Cullen's farm was enjoyable. We hope to take other trips with you in the future.
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Stress-Free Tour!
Elizabeth_T
, Sep 2020
This was a fantastic and stress-free tour that I highly recommend! Anthony was hilarious and filled the time between locations with fun facts and stories. Additionally, he is a photographer and will help you take some memorable photos at the sites. 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. The free time at Kilkenny is enough for you to tour the major sites if you’re not meandering. Overall, I had a wonderful time with Anthony and Wild Rover Tours and hope to take another with them one day!
star-5
Best trip organiser! Like a dream.
K_Werner
, Sep 2020
One of the best trips I ever had! The destination photos speak for themselves, but did not fully capture the soul and magic of these places. We had enough time to explore the locations, without being in rush or having too much spare time. There was no child on board, so that everyone respectfully wore the mask and there were no cheeky drinkers/eaters in the bus. We were socially distanced at all times. If you are worried about covid-19, Wild Rover is clearly and without a doubt the best travel tour organiser, comparing with competitors. The driver, Sara, was so knowledgeable and I learned so much about Irish history and culture throughtout the travel. She also had a great sense of humour and was very helpful. She surely was a highlight! I'd definetly recommend this trip to everyone, it was just perfect.
star-5
Fabulous
Vignesh_K
, Sep 2020
It was fabulous. The tour guide Anthony and the driver Sydney was very kind to everyone. ANTHONY provides lot of information. I enjoyed this trip
star-5
Awesome
Josue_C
, Mar 2020
Awesome experience. Noel and Sean made sure that everyone would enjoy the day. We had a little extra time at Glendalough and Noel showed us the way to do a quick hike up the mountain into the forest....anyway, we had a great time and highly recommend this day trip
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Sheepherding with a view
Tiffany_J
, Mar 2020
Richard and Paulo were fantastic at getting us around the Wicklow region. Richard was funny and very informative, often telling us of hidden ruins along the way. One example was the ancient enclosures upon the mountain that were highlighted because of the snow. We got to the Glendalough area and learned about the tower in the Monastic site. We then hiked our way to upper lake (1.4-1.6km). Do not miss out on this! I am sure if you ask the tour company, they can arrange a taxi to take you via the road to see the lake. The views were stunning even though the wind was trying to blow us over. Then, in my opinion, the best part of the whole tour was next. Watching the working sheep dogs! It was fantastic, and because we were there during Lambing season, we got to hold baby lambs (and a fiesty little puppy!) Micheal, the shepherd, was very informative about the whole process of herding, sheering and culling sheep. Unfortunately, the sheep are raised mostly for meat instead of their wool. The most mesmerizing part of our day was watching Maggie and 15 year old Dell work these sheep all with Micheal's whistles! We then went up the mountain for a photo stop right off the side of the road. We even had the lovely snow blowing down on us. We made our way down through the original Hollywood and into Kilkenny. Richard gave us some interesting facts about the Kilkenny castle and then we went down to the town hall, or the Tholsel. We were then told about herbest Alice and her poor maid, Patronella, and how one fled a witch Hunt while the other was burned at the stake. Kilkenny is a tiny Town and very easy to walk. We headed back to the restaurant above the Kilkenny design center for something to eat and to get a gander at the castle and the gardens once more. Richard was truly a fantastic guide and was dripping with historic facts. I've done a tour with another local tour company and I can say hands down Wild Rover is the better of the two. You have a driver focused on the road while the guide gives plenty of details and history about Ireland.
star-5
Great experience
JYU
, Feb 2020
It was a great experience. JB and Pat were really funny. The only problem during the tour was it was way too cold in February. But I still enjoyed it.
star-5
Fabulous day!
Barb
, Feb 2020
Lovely itinerary with a delightful host! This tour was the perfect balance of guided and independent. The countryside was amazing and the sheepdog demonstration was a real treat.
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Kilkenny and Wicklow mountains
Shannon
, Feb 2020
Cathy and John were exceptional in every way! The scenery was perfect, the weather wasn't fun but they could not control that.
star-4
Just about to touch 5 star!
rbali2000
, Feb 2020
The tour guide, Noel, was very knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. And Sidney, who was driving, was also doing a very professional job. The only reason why I have not rated it 5 star is because of the facilities -- for a full day tour to not have Wifi on the coach, does not augur well, in today's time and age. Best wishes.

Product code: 5300CASTLES

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