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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

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Dublin, Ireland

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.'
  • Day trip from Dublin to Wicklow, the 'Garden of Ireland'
  • Guided tour of the 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough
  • Stunning scenery and wild landscapes of Wicklow
  • Opportunity to shop for Irish crafts at Avoca Handweavers
  • See where scenes from 'Braveheart' were filmed at Sally's Gap
  • Visit a traditional Irish pub for lunch (own expense)
  • Enjoy stunning sea views of Dublin Bay at Sandycove
Professional guide
Complimentary tasting of Irish Whiskey
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 41 passengers)
WiFi on board
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

1: The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
2: Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin, 23 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7, Ireland
3: Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road Ballsbridge, Dublin, D04 D687, Ireland

Return Details

1: Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road Ballsbridge, Dublin, D04 D687, Ireland
2: Trinity College, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
In the morning, meet your guide and coach at one of the central Dublin pickup locations. Grab a comfortable seat and enjoy the drive out of the city, passing sites not commonly seen by tourists such as the exclusive suburbs of Sandycove and Dalkey with amazing sea views. Then cut away from the city and take in rocky coastal scenery as you head into the Wicklow Mountains.   

Your first stop brings you to Avoca Handweavers, Kilmacanogue. Enjoy a dose of traditional Irish culture, shop for fine handmade goods and have a rich cup of tea (own expense). Then re-board the coach and head into the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Sally Gap. View the park’s upper slopes, blanketed in heath and bog before stopping at Lough Tay ("The Guinness Lake") a true wonder and film location for 'Braveheart,' the tributary film about Scottish hero William Wallace and current series of Vikings.

Afterward, your group visits a traditional Irish pub for lunch (own expense). Relax, savor Irish home-cooking and sip on at a creamy Guinness before heading to your final stop on the tour 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, founded 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. Enjoy a guided tour of the many sites including the Round Tower, and have some free time to explore on your own.

Board the luxury Mercedes Coach for a free tot of Jameson Whiskey and start back on the return trip to Dublin.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sandycove
In the morning, meet your guide and coach at one of the central Dublin pickup locations. Grab a comfortable seat and enjoy the drive out of the city, passing sites not commonly seen by tourists such as the exclusive suburbs of Sandycove and Dalkey with amazing sea views. Then cut away form the city and take in rocky coastal scenery as you head into the Wicklow Mountains.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Avoca Kilmacanoge
This stop brings you to Avoca Handweavers, Kilmacanogue. Enjoy a coffee and homemade scone or shop for fine handmade goods (own expense).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sally Gap
Then re-board the coach and head into the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Sally Gap. View the park’s upper slopes, blanketed in heather and bog before stopping at Lough Tay (The Guinness Lake" ) a true wonder and film location for Braveheart, PS I Love You and current series of Vikings.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lynhams of Laragh
Afterward, your group will visit a traditional Irish pub for lunch (own expense). Relax, savour Irish home-cooking and sip on a creamy Guinness before heading to the glacial valley of Glendalough.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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, founded 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. Enjoy a guided tour of the many sites including the Round Tower, and have some free time to explore on your own. Here you have the option to walk to the Upper lake though ancient forests.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Sugarloaf Drive
Back on the luxury Coach for a free tot of Jamerson Whiskey. Time to talk and think as you start back on our return journey to Dublin. Your 8.5-hour tour drops off at Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel or Trinity College in the evening.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years (this tour is not suitable for infants)
  • Minimum numbers apply in winter months. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Aran Tours (Wild Wicklow 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.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 maximum group size during Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Second break stop, ideal for a comfort/coffee stop, but 30 mins at a shopping / craft area was to long." See review
  • "We will never forget him and that beautiful day in the Wicklow mountains, If you are in Dublin and want to get a glimpse of Ireland's country side and medieval sites, this is a must !" See review
  • "It is a very pleasant trip, lots interesting scene to see and the driver guide is super nice." See review

Reviews

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Wild John
Sam_M
, Mar 2020
The tour was amazing!!! 1) We booked last minute and surprised it was still available a few hours before. 2) Pick up was a little confusing but we saw the bus(Wild Wicklow Tour) so crossed the street to the exact spot. 3) John was our driver/guide and he's the best guide ever! He's like a combination of Rick Flair and a leprechaun. He was the best part of the trip lol really though. 4) I wish the stop at James Joyce tower was at least 5 min longer(I literally only had time to walk to the tower, walk to the top, use the restroom, and walk straight back-dang kidneys couldn't hold it. 5) Coffee break at Avoca was amazing(I'm glad I didn't eat breakfast cause I stuffed my face there). Only 30 min there so be quick if you're indecisive about what to eat lol. 6) The drive through the mountain was beautiful and John made sure we stopped at the right spots and take photos(it was windy/cold though so I spent 5 min max taking photos lol 7) Lunch was kind of a waste since I was full off of coffee break at Avoca but I just asked for small portions. 8) Glendalaough Lake area was beautiful although it was windy/cold. 9) Although I don't drink it was cool to see the whiskey farewell before the drive home. My group wasn't drunk enough to karaoke but I would've if I knew any rock'n'roll songs. This tour was my favorite one so far 👍
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks Sam for this feedback - great to hear your Wild Wicklow Tour with John was your favourite so far. Regards Denis
star-5
John, best tour guide
karentoronczyk
, Feb 2020
The tour itself is great! It visits excellent locations and many photo opportunities but what makes a tour go from great to amazing is the tour guide and mine was John he was the best! John is knowledgeable, friendly, funny, entertaining and played us great Irish music!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks a million for this feedback - Im delighted you enjoyed our Wild Wicklow Tour so much with John. Thank you for going on our tour - regards Denis
star-5
Great tour guide ... great tour
348akw
, Nov 2019
Great day out of Dublin seeing some spectacular sights. Best part was that the tour guide , John, was informative and charismatic throughout the day. Made it a very enjoyable day even with the rain.
star-5
Fantastic!
naththalier
, Oct 2019
I had the best experience being on this day tour. I had the pleasure of having John as my tour guide. He was so great! It’s was the best day in my vacation in Ireland. And such a beautiful landscape we got to see. And I loved that John was playing irish music in the bus, while singing along! Everybody needs to go on this amazing trip!
star-5
Great day in the Wicklow mountains
Q3178GAfrank
, Oct 2019
Our guide Dave was very knowledgeable and gave us a great tour. Magnificent scenery good food and a taste of Irish history.
star-5
It was great!
jana2019w
, Oct 2019
Beautiful scenery, great driver/guide. Anthony was very knowledgeable and interesting. So glad I chose that tour.
star-3
Too much time on the bus
Road531798
, Oct 2019
Beautiful but it was too much time on the bus and not enough time walking in the bog area. Loved the monastery and walk along the lake
star-5
A wonderful time with a wonderful guide.
tiffanyg205
, Oct 2019
It's difficult to say which part of the tour was the most enjoyable; everything radiated perfection. From the stunning views to the energetic fountain of information masquerading as a fine gentleman named John, my wife and I never found the opportunity to use the on board wifi. If we could take this trip a thousand times, we would! I dare I say, we should! But alas, our time in Ireland is swiftly coming to an end. Hopefully John will still be around when we make our return trip. Happy 70th my fine friend!
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Daydream65726609328
, Sep 2019
Are guide John was very much wanting to share his beautiful Country with everyone on his Bus. He very much enjoyed his job. We lucked out and had a beautiful sunny day!
star-4
Great Trip made better by John the driver
MartynR151
, Sep 2019
Great driver (John). Completely nuts, but my kinda nuts. Great stories and a real joy. Glendalough was really good, scenery stops were excellent and the scenery along the way stunning. Two stops on the way - 1st was 15 mins at a small beach, no coffee places and not enough time to see the Martello tower, also too early for a comfort break. Second break stop, ideal for a comfort/coffee stop, but 30 mins at a shopping / craft area was to long. switched to 30 at 1st and 15 at second would be better. All in all a great trip though, made even better by John. Recommended.

Product code: 2548WW

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