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Glendalough Tours

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Glendalough
Explore beyond Dublin with a day trip to Glendalough, a sixth-century monastic complex one hour south of the city center. Set between two lakes, Glendalough is a popular destination for travelers who want a taste of the Irish countryside. It’s also a common stop for hikers setting out along the Wicklow Way, which runs through the valley.
 
The Basics
Learn Irish history while wandering through picturesque ruins that include ancient churches, burial sites, and monastic buildings. From Dublin, join a tour focused solely on Glendalough, or choose a more comprehensive tour of  County Wicklow and visit Wicklow Mountains National Park, Sally Gap, and Powerscourt Gardens. Travelers can choose between half-day or full-day itineraries.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Glendalough is a popular attraction for history buffs, families seeking open spaces, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • The ground may be soft or muddy, so pack your hiking boots and bring along layers of waterproof clothing.
  • To see the full complex, be prepared for a significant amount of walking, as the site is spread across several locations surrounding the two lakes.
  • Visit the Glendalough Visitor Centre, where a video and exhibition shed light on the history of the monuments.
 
How to Get There
Glendalough is located about an hour south of Dublin in County Wicklow. Most visitors arrive by car or with a guided tour from Dublin. To reach Glendalough from Dublin in a rental car, take the N11 south and get off at the Roundwood/Glendalough exit. On-site parking is available.
 
When to Get There

Glendalough is busiest during summer and on weekends. It is a popular destination for locals to set out on a hike. To beat the crowds, visit on a weekday rather than Saturday or Sunday. Though the complex is outdoors, mild year-round temperatures make it possible to visit any time.
 
Hiking at Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains National Park
In addition to the monastic ruins, Glendalough’s scenic countryside trails attract scores of visitors. Travelers interested in hiking can make a stop at Glendalough part of a broader outdoor adventure in County Wicklow. Other nearby hiking options include climbing the Sugar Loaf Mountain or exploring a section of the Wicklow Way.
Address: Derrybawn, Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from DublinDay Trips

Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

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Soak up the majesty and myth of Ireland’s Wicklow County on this full-day tour from Dublin. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore cultural and natural gems and lively pubs to the breathtaking Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. Movie buffs enjoy a stop at Sally’s Gap, filming location of 'Braveheart,' as well as the bridge crossed by the lovers in the romantic comedy 'P.S. I Love You.'
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  • 9 hours
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Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from DublinDay Trips

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

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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.
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  • 10 hours
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Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from DublinDay Trips

Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin

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On a County Wicklow day trip from Dublin, visit the Powerscourt Gardens and explore Wicklow Mountains National Park. Accompanied by a guide who provides informative commentary during the day, enjoy a scenic drive, stop in the Victorian village of Enniskerry, pass by the Guinness Estate and visit Glendalough, where you have time to walk around.
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  • 8 hours
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Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City Day Trips

Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin: Including Kilkenny City

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Combine ancient monuments, medieval gems and natural wonders on this full-day tour from Dublin. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains; admire views of the Sugar Loaf Mountains, Wicklow Gap, and Turlogh waterfall; and discover the 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Then, enjoy free time to explore lively Kilkenny and visit landmarks like the Kilkenny Castle, the Black Abbey or the Cathedral of Saint Canice (own expense).
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  • 9 hours
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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from DublinDay Trips

Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Tour from Dublin

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Feast your senses on the unrivaled natural beauty of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough on a full-day trip from Dublin. Escape the bustling charm of Dublin in favor of the glittering lakes and undulating hills of County Wicklow. Discover ancient legends as you listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable guide; marvel at a lake that resembles a pint of Guinness; and see the ancient monastic ruins of Glendalough before revitalizing with lunch in Ireland’s highest village.
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  • 9 hours
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Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from DublinDay Trips

Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin

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Explore Ireland’s natural wonders and historic gems on this full-day tour from Dublin. Set out on a scenic drive through the idyllic countryside of Wicklow National Park, stop to admire the views from Wicklow Gap and visit the monastic ruins and beautiful lakes of Glendalough. Then, step back in time with a tour of Kilkenny, Ireland’s medieval capital, and enjoy free time to explore the city independently before returning to Dublin.
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  • 9 hours
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Glendalough,Wicklow and Kilkenny Tour including Sheepdog herding demonstrationDay Trips

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Glendalough,Wicklow and Kilkenny Tour including Sheepdog herding demonstration

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Don't come to Ireland and just spend all your time in Dublin. You won't be seeing the real Ireland. This private tour transports you there, spending a day cruising around the Irish countryside engulfing yourself in bright green fields, castles, abbeys, and rustic villages. Stop in majestic and secluded Glendalough, explore the Wicklow Mountains and enjoy the ancient wonders of Kilkenny, where you can walk around a 12th-century Norman Castle, a medieval cathedral or stroll the cobbled streets before heading back to Dublin.
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  • 9 hours
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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from DublinDay Trips

Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin

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For travelers short on time, this half-day tour is a convenient way to experience the beauty of the Irish countryside without having to rent a car or waste precious hours in transit. Enjoy the scenery extended out before you embark on the journey from Dublin to County Wicklow and wander around Glendalough at a pace that suits you.
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  • 5 hours
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Shore Excursion from Dublin: Including Dublin highlights and GlendaloughDay Trips

Shore Excursion from Dublin: Including Dublin highlights and Glendalough

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When your cruise visits Dublin, witness the best of Ireland’s capital and County Wicklow, including Glendalough, on a full-day shore excursion. Board a climate-controlled coach and hear fun facts and history about the landmarks from your driver-guide on route. Admire Wicklow’s stunning mountains, hills and glassy lakes; and visit the ruined 6th-century St Kevin’s monastery in Glendalough, home to a stunning monastic round tower. Lastly, take a panoramic drive around Dublin to see top landmarks such as Ha'Penny Bridge and Trinity College, finishing with a shopping stop on Grafton Street.
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  • 8 hours
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Wicklow Day Trip with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from DublinDay Trips

Wicklow Day Trip with Guided Walk Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin

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Visiting Dublin is not experiencing the real Ireland. Or at least not all of it. This guided day trip from Dublin to Wicklow National Park shuttles you to a different side of Ireland. Take a leisurely hike through the park. After the hike, indulge in a hearty Irish lunch in a Victorian village and then spend time in Glendalough, taking in the medieval ambiance of the place.
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Wicklow Day Trip with Horse Riding Including Glendalough Tour from DublinDay Trips

Wicklow Day Trip with Horse Riding Including Glendalough Tour from Dublin

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Trade the big city for a day in nature on this full-day tour from Dublin. Your destination is the wild and beautiful County Wicklow, located just south of the capital. Upon your arrival in Wicklow Mountains National Park, you’ll get up close and personal with the scenery when you embark on a several-hour horseback riding tour of the area. Following lunch in the quaint village of Enniskerry (own expense), see more of the area’s highlights and make your way to Glendalough: site of a sixth-century monastery.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow & Powerscourt Gardens starting from DublinDay Trips

Private Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow & Powerscourt Gardens starting from Dublin

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Explore the scenic landscapes of Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, on a private tour tailor-made for you. With a personal guide and private vehicle, discover the countryside around Dublin, stopping to admire the 6th-century ruins of Glendalough, stroll around Powerscourt Gardens, or shop for handicrafts in Avoca village.
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Private Day Trip Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny CastleDay Trips

Private Day Trip Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Castle

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The Wicklow Mountains are a popular Dublin day trip, although it can be time-consuming to reach them independently. Make the most of your limited stay in the region by opting for this full-day private excursion which includes transportation and helps you cover more ground than you could independently, without having to waste time waiting around for other travelers.
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  • 8 hours
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Wicklow And Glendalough Tour From Dublin Day Trips

Wicklow And Glendalough Tour From Dublin

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Discover Ireland's County Wicklow on this tour from Dublin. You'll stop by attractions such as Baltinglass Abbey and the Glendalough monastic site and take a scenic journey across Sally Gap. Plus, visit a working farm to learn a bit about the county's agricultural history and culture. This tour provides a hassle-free way to see more of Ireland outside the bustling city.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Glendalough and Dublin Highlights Shore Excursion from DublinDay Trips

Glendalough and Dublin Highlights Shore Excursion from Dublin

Dublin cruise passengers that want to see more in less time can admire Dublin—plus the scenery of the Irish countryside at Glendalough—on this full-day guided tour. You're whisked from port for your full-day adventure, with a guide to showcase the best of Ireland. Explore an area known as the City of Seven Churches, ride around Dublin, and enjoy a panoramic city highlights tour—all in just one day.
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Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Platinum Express Private Luxury Tour.Day Trips

Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Platinum Express Private Luxury Tour.

Our drivers and guides are local, with unsurpassed knowledge and love of the area of Wicklow. We take you to the out of the way hidden gems, so many movies have been filmed in the Wicklow/Glendalough area....Braveheart, P.S. I love you, Vikings, Michael Collins....the list is endless. A day crammed full of natural beauty in the company of some of the best guides Ireland has to offer. Liberty Irish Tours leads the way....
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Glendalough and Dublin City Excursion - Ship to shoreDay Trips

Glendalough and Dublin City Excursion - Ship to shore

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When your cruise ship docks in port, enjoy knowing that you have your shore excursion all planned out. You'll explore both County Wicklow and Dublin city with a guide, who will fill you in on the history, culture, and people. Return to port in time to catch your departing ship, having got a great overview of the region.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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(Small Group) Shore Tour from Dublin:Dublin Highlights and Glendalough Day TripDay Trips

(Small Group) Shore Tour from Dublin:Dublin Highlights and Glendalough Day Trip

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Dublin shore excursions tend to fill up fast during peak season from May through September, making booking ahead an enticing option for seeing Dublin sights with ease. Wind through Wicklow’s countryside, and then, travel through the Wicklow Mountains for a panoramic Dublin tour, seeing highlights like Trinity College and O’Connell Street. After free time for shopping, finish with a port drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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6-Day South of Ireland Tour from DublinMulti-day Tours

6-Day South of Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Journey across Southern Ireland on this 6-day tour that lets you choose from three accommodation options. This tour provides you with accommodations and transport for five nights and six days. Some of the stops along the way include Adare, Inch Beach, the Dingle Peninsula, Cork, Cobh, Cong, and Killarney. Travel around the Ring of Kerry, see Blarney Castle and Bunratty Castle, and make a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Go to the Guinness Storehouse brewery, and down a pint of beer, and take pictures at the 13th-century Corcomroe Abbey.
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  • 6 days
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9-Day All Ireland Tour from DublinMulti-day Tours

9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Immerse yourself in the rich culture and visual wonders of Ireland on an enriching 9-day tour from Dublin. Alongside a hospitable guide, explore the magical kingdom of Kerry, home to the staggering 750-foot (228-meter) Cliffs of Moher, and capture the wild spirit of the rural Connemara region. See historical monuments in Derry; gaze at the mystifying rock sculptures at Giant’s Causeway; and gain fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of Ireland from your knowledgeable guide. Spend eight nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast every day.
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Enchanting Private Day Trip to Wicklow MountainsDay Trips

Enchanting Private Day Trip to Wicklow Mountains

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The Wicklow Mountains hold a special place in the heart of Dubliners and are a must-see during your visit. Get ready for exhilarating hiking paths that transport you to lush gardens and deep-blue glacial lakes on an incredible private day trip. On this enchanting Irish experience, you won’t believe your eyes! You will see the most alluring scenery the Wicklow Mountains have to offer including a majestic waterfall and fascinating monastic ruins from centuries ago. From the fairytale Valley of the Two Lakes to the picturesque Powerscourt estate, discover why this land has been the embodiment of peace and tranquility for locals. Get ready for a scenic getaway of a lifetime as your local host captivates you with epic tales of ancient settlements. Learn how St. Kevin connected on a deeper level with nature and developed one of the most spiritual monasteries in Ireland. Wander around the remnants of this influential saint’s masterpiece and find out why it is the ultimate Irish pilgrimage.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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A day in Wicklow with a private guide! Scenery, history, & hiking (if you want!)Ports of Call Tours

A day in Wicklow with a private guide! Scenery, history, & hiking (if you want!)

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This is a tour of Wicklow, given by someone who grew up here and loves it. The tour described is an outline of what we might do, but we have plenty of options. I can suggest other places to visit on our day, and can incorporate other site visits, within reason. I am a Driver/Guide so we have a car, have a guide, and can do what we like!! Sometimes I bring people to some of the lesser known spots - old bridges by dark rivers, or up a favourite mountain, or to a beautiful garden. Occasionally, I bring visitors to my family farm, where my father and brother enjoy meeting visitors, and showing them over the farm. This is a 300 year old farm house which has been in the family for 8 generations and sheep, cattle and poultry are kept. You will be expected to chat with the family and tell them where you are from too!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Day Tour of Wicklow and Glendalough from DublinDay Trips

Private Day Tour of Wicklow and Glendalough from Dublin

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Relax while you’re in Ireland with this private tour of Wicklow and Glendalough, including private, round-trip transport from Dublin. Take a scenic drive through Wicklow Mountains National Park, and make stops at Lough Tay, the Guinness estate, and the bridge used in the filming of “P.S. I Love You.” Plus, choose to visit the Powerscourt Gardens (own expense) or Avoca, and then end your day with time in Glendalough, where you can see St. Kevin’s monastery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough Luxury Private Day TourDay Trips

Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough Luxury Private Day Tour

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Travel through the stunning Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough at your own pace on this private full-day tour. Listen to stories, facts, and other commentary on the area while asking plenty of questions. Make stops along the way that interest you and your party. You'll enjoy a comprehensive tour tailored to your preferences.
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  • 7 hours
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