Depart Dublin for this award-winning and brilliant day trip with your 100% Irish Tour Guide. Your tour group will travel south and begin its journey into County Wicklow, passing through beautiful countryside in the Wicklow mountains, most notably the Sugar Loaf Mountains, while making its way towards Glendalough.
Glendalough - one of the most beautiful visitor sights in all of Ireland, is also known for the Braveheart wedding scenes. It's renowned for its magnificent scenery and rich and varied heritage in terms of history and archaeology.
You will have time to explore the ruined monastic city famed for St. Kevin's Cross and its round tower dating back to 10th century. Your group will take time to take a leisurely stroll along the river banks through the woods to the magnificent lakes, waterfalls, and babbling brooks. Be sure to bring your camera! You will enjoy 1.5 hrs at Glendalough.
If you're a fan of the Hollywood Blockbusters 'PS, I Love You' and 'Braveheart' then you will now officially be on the set.
You'll understand why Mel Gibson (an Irish passport holder) chose the Wicklow mountains to be the Highlands of Scotland, and Glendalough to be the spot for the wedding scene. And then, of course, there are all the romantic scenes from 'PS I Love You', this is where Hilary Swank met Gerard Butler for the first time so who knows who you might meet.
Your group will travel over the Wicklow Gap, which will take you way up into the Wicklow Mountains. This route allows spectacular panoramic views of the landscape, with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eye can see. You will view traditional Irish bogs, which provide the Irish householder with the source of energy that fuels the fires and gives power for many uses.
Through the Wicklow Gap your group will also pass Turlough Hill, a 681-meter-high (2,234 ft) mountain, and Ireland's highest reservoir. It is the site of Ireland's only pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant.
You will arrive in Kilkenny, once the medieval capital of Ireland back in the 11th century, situated on the banks of the river Nore. Enjoy the picturesque windy and cobblestone streets. Explore the gardens of the famed Norman Castle dating back to the 1100s.
Consider going inside and taking a tour of its palatial interior for a small optional fee. You have plenty of time to wander the streets and visit the Black Abbey or possibly see the Cathedral of Saint Canice with its magnificent round tower. With the guaranteed two-hour stop you shall also have plenty of time for a relaxed lunch and maybe trying a pint of 'Kilkenny'. This magnificent city to enjoy and savor shall be a highlight of your visit to Ireland.
You will take a leisurely drive back to Dublin thought the County of Kildare, and arrive back in the early evening (approx 6pm), with plenty of time to attend a traditional evening full of songs and stories after an amazing day out.
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Visit St. Kevin's monastic city at Glendalough famed for its rounds towers, and Celtic crosses which will provide you with a true insight into the workings of an early Christian monastery. Glendalough, known as the valley of 2 Lakes and surrounded by dense forests and romantic babbling brooks this is truly the picture-postcard vision of Ireland you have come to enjoy and explore.
Enjoy the rolling hills of Wicklow, the magnificent peat bogs, and dramatic waterfalls. Featured in many blockbuster movies, Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland and this area is a favorite of many Dublin city dwellers as they escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin city.
Once the capital of Ireland in the middle-ages, it is renowned for its magnificent Norman Castle dating back to 12th century. With its narrow street and colorful shops and buildings, Kilkenny is unique as a city and a mecca for those who choose to visit. You will have plenty of time to enjoy a pint of Kilkenny in Kilkenny (minimum stop 2hrs).