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The substantial remains of this important monastic settlement are certainly impressive, but an added draw is the splendid setting: two dark and mysterious lakes tucked into a long, glacial valley fringed by forest. It is, despite its immense popularity, a deeply tranquil and spiritual place, and you will have little difficulty in understanding why those solitude-seeking monks came here in the first place.


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Dublin to Wicklow and Glendalough Full-Day Tour with Admission

The beautiful coastal drive from Dublin to Glendalough takes you past Dun Laoghaire Harbor, Dalkey and Killiney. These exclusive suburbs on the out reaches of Dublin are home to Ireland's rich and famous including U2's Bono, Enya and film director Neil Jordan. Then, driving through the Wicklow Mountains, you'll soon understand why this area is known as 'the Garden of Ireland’.You'll continue on to the green mountains of Wicklow County, where you'll stop for morning tea (additional cost) at Avoca Handweavers. The oldest wool mill in Ireland, Avoca Handweavers is a great place to shop for high-quality Irish crafts.The next stop on your Wicklow tour in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough is renowned for its natural beauty and history, and is one of the most visited places in Ireland. At Glendalough, your guide will walk with you through the 6th-century monastic settlement. You'll learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery, and hear stories relating to the ruins scattered about the site, including the famous Round Tower. There will also be time for a leisurely stroll through the woods to Upper Lake. Leaving the peace and serenity of Glendalough behind, you'll head off for a stop at a local pub for lunch (additional cost). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good old-fashioned home cooking of a traditional Irish pub. Why not wash lunch down with a hearty pint of Guinness?After lunch you'll begin your return to Dublin, via Sally's Gap, where scenes from Braveheart were filmed in 1995. This scenic but desolate area of wild bogland offers a stunning contrast to the Wicklow Mountains.You'll arrive back in Dublin in the late afternoon, with drop-off either in Ballsbridge (D4) or at Trinity College.

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Kilkenny City, Wicklow Park, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowIncluded 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.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowThe 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 pointDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Wild Rover Tours, Dublin, County DublinDeparting 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.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, County KilkennyOpen access to the wonderful extensive Castle grounds behind the fortified granite walls that are 1000 years old. Across from the Castle is Butler House & Gardens, beautiful gardens and in the Castle stable yards the are crafts men and women at work, sculptures, painters, silversmiths and potterers. Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Wicklow Gap, County WicklowIs 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: 25 minutesStop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowGlendalough Sheep Farm. We visit the Cullen family farm and participate in the Sheep Dog Trials,have the opportunity to handle the lambs which are bred all year and play with the Irish Collie Dogs Duration: 45 minutesPass By: The Curragh Racecourse, County KildareTravelling 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.

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Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Day Trip from Dublin

Make your way to the prearranged meeting point in central Dublin on the day of your tour. Then, after meeting with your guide, hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and travel south toward County Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland.Gaze out of the windows as you travel through rural Ireland, taking in postcard-perfect views of rolling green countryside and the wild bogland and heather fields of Sally gap, where scenes from Braveheart were filmed. You’ll also learn about the legend and folklore that surrounds Glencree Valley.Stop at the picturesque Lough Tay, otherwise known as Guinness Lake, a small lake set in the Wicklow Mountains that resembles a pint of the black stuff. Then, perhaps recreate your very own P.S. I Love You moment at the bridge where Holly and Gerry kissed in the hit film.Continue on to Glendalough, nestled in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty and history, the 6th-century monastic settlement is one of Ireland’s most visited spots. With up to two hours to spend here, stroll around the site’s scattered ruins, which include the famous Round Tower, and learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery. If there’s time, you might wish to take a stroll through the woods to the pretty lower or upper lake.Then it’s on to Johnnie Fox’s Pub, located in the highest village in Ireland. Tuck into a hearty Irish lunch and maybe toast to a wonderful day with a measure of Irish whiskey (both at your own expense).With your appetite sated, return to Dublin, where your tour concludes with a drop-off in the city center.

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Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hilltoptreks, Dublin, County DublinThis tour starts with a pickup from Dublin city at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:30amDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Powerscourt Gardens and House, Enniskerry, County WicklowThe Gardens are voted number 3 in the world by the National Geographic. There is also an Avoca shop here where you can a cup of coffe or snack after visiting the GardensYou spend approx 1.5hrs in the gardens here at Powerscourt Gardens you pay at the entrance of a reduced rate from this tour.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Enniskerry Village SquareWe visit this small Victorian Estate village to have our lunch, we recommend Poppies Cafe to everyone as the food is locally produced and they can cater for many different dishes for everyone to enjoy.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowAfter lunch in Enniskerry we take a scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains National Park, visitiung places such as the "PS I Love you" bridge, Lough Tay, Guinness Estate, Sally Gap.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Sally Gap, Wicklow, County WicklowThe Sally Gap sits in the middle of the Wicklow Mountains, it is a very location in the hills with running steams and meadows and you will definitely see a few sheep in this area. We will be stopping along part of this wayStop At: Guinness Lake, Wicklow, County WicklowLough Tay which is also known as the Guinness lake due to a member of the Guinness family living here. This is where the series "Vikings" is created as well as many other movies.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowIn Glendalough we stop and you get to visit the 6th century monastery of St Kevin as well as some time to explore this beautiful valley with its two lakes.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Wicklow Mountains, Avoca and Glendalough Rail Tour from Dublin

Departing from Dublin Connolly Station, you'll travel by train (snack bar onboard) to village of Rathdrum, incorporating a journey into the heart of County Wicklow. Taking a stunning scenic coastal route you'll pass the magnificent Killiney Bay, a must-see Irish beauty-spot framed by the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the sriking Bray Head hill. From here, your train tour swings inland to the mountains of County Wicklow, where you'll experience the 'Garden of Ireland' at its best!On arrival at the village of Rathdrum, you'll join the coach for a journey through the Vale of Avoca. In the lovely village of Avoca (where the BBC series Ballykissangel was filmed) you can see famous Avoca wool-weavers at work and spend time at leisure.Continue to the ancient monastic settlement at stunning Glendalough before returning by coach to Dublin Connolly Station, conveniently arriving in the late afternoon.

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Dublin Shore Excursion: Dublin and Glendalough

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Dublin Port - RED Coach ParkWe will collect you in style in a luxury Paddywagon Coach. Your guide shall be waiting with a sign ready to take you off on your marvelous journey. We shall greet and meet and then inform you of the highlights of the day, the various options for lunch and some of the great shops where you can purchase Irish arts and crafts as we drive off on this trip that shall provide memories to last a lifetime.We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. Where your ship docks later than 07:30 the tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences.Stop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowWe begin our tour by taking the lovely little drive through county Wicklow knows also as the garden of Ireland. With its rolling hills, babbling brooks and romantic glens one can easily understand how this landscape was a highlight and feature of both Hollywood blockbusters P.S. I love you and Braveheart. Then it's onward to Glendalough known as the valley of two lakes, famed by St. Kevin's monastery dating back to the 6th century. The monastic site has Ireland's finest round tower and you can even try and touch your hands around St. Kevin's cross, as legend has it you shall then be married within a year. A truly wonderful place to visit!*all timings approximate. subject to change based on cruise liner schedule**Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowAs we return from Glendalough to the city we will pass by some of Wicklow's finest mountains. With magnificent lakes and rolling turf hills, commonly used as a source of energy in historic Ireland. This area is every photographers dream and symbolizes the picture postcard images that make Ireland unique.*all timings approximate. subject to change based on cruise liner schedule**Duration: 20 minutesStop At: City Sightseeing Dublin, Dublin, County DublinAfter lunch, or a refreshment stop if our departure has been later, we shall inspire you with the sites of Dublin's fair City. Highlights shall include O'Connell Street, the Ha'Penny bridge, the Temple Bar, Molly Malone statue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and of course time to enjoy some shopping on Grafton Street - home to all our finest traditional luxury stores.*all timings approximate. subject to change based on cruise liner schedule**Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Dublin Port CompanyWe structure each tour to make sure you are back on board in ample time for departure. The service ends back at the dockside after approximately 8 hours on tour. If the boat is leaving earlier we will amend the itinerary as necessary.

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