Welcome to Wicklow Mountains


The highest peak in the range, Lugnaquilla (924m), is really more of a very large hill. The vast granite intrusion, an upwelling of molten rock that solidified some 400 million years ago, was shaped during the ice ages into the schist-capped mountains visible today. The wild topography is marvellously desolate and raw. Between the mountains are a number of deep glacial valleys – most notably Glenmacnass, Glenmalure and Glendalough – and corrie lakes such as Lough Bray Upper and Lower, and Lough Tay, gouged by ice at the head of the glaciers.


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$33.11 Day Trips & Excursions

Kilkenny and Wicklow Day Tour from Dublin

Depart DublinDepart Dublin for this award winning and brilliant day trip with your 100% Irish Tour Guide. We travel south and begin our journey into County Wicklow,passing through beautiful countryside in the Wicklow mountains most notably the Sugar Loaf Mountains while making our way towards Glendalough.GlendaloughGlendalough - 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. We 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.Hollywood Blockbusters 'PS I Love You' and 'Braveheart'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 you you might meet ;)Wicklow MountainsWe travel over the Wicklow Gap, which takes us 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. We view traditional Irish bogs which provide the Irish householder with the source of energy that fuels our fires and provides power for many uses. Through the Wicklow Gap we also pass Turlogh waterfall, one of Ireland's most dramatic waterfalls and highest reservoir.KilkennyArrive 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 our guaranteed 2hrs stop you shall also have plenty of time for relaxed lunch and maybe try a pint of Kilkenny in Kilkenny. This a magnificent city to enjoy and savor and shall be a highlight of your visit to Ireland.

$37.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Wicklow And Glendalough Tour From Dublin

Our day tour to Wicklow departs from Suffolk Street outside the Old stone church in Dublin. We begin our journey southwards, traveling up past the Blessington lakes.Our first stop is Baltinglass where you will have half an hour to grab a coffee and have a good browse around the 12 Century abbey founded by Dermot Mac Murrough the then King of Leinster. This is a fantastic ruin with a combination of Cistercian and Irish Romanesque architecture. The arches are the Abbeys most prominent feature with alternate round and square pillars. Explore the ruins and discover some intricate carvings. Experience the working side of Wicklow with a visit to a working Irish sheep farm. Meet your friendly local farmer Ed who will introduce you to his life, from the diverse farming practices of sheep farming  to and organic vegetable growing. The highlight of this stop is a sheepdog exhibition where farmer Ed will coral the sheep with his trusty border collies. We are the only tour company that introduces you to the real working and living side of Wicklow! After a scenic rural drive we stop off in the Glenmalure Valley at the Glenmalure Lodge for lunch. You couldn’t have lunch in a more perfect setting. (Lunch is not included) We then visit the beautiful valley and Monastic site of Glendalough.  Here was where Saint Kevin settled in the 6th Century, evidence of which still can be seen via 10th/ 11th Century monastic site perched between the hills. Explore the monastic site and take in your surroundings and let your spirit run free. Here you get 1.5 hours to discover the area, before we continue our journey. We continue on our route heading back to Dublin through the scenic Sally Gap, journeying along the military road which was built after the 1798 rebellion in an attempt to flush out the rebels who were in hiding in the Wicklow mountains. Take your picture at the P.S. I Love you bridge and see Lough Tay – aptly called the Guinness Lake-  while surrounded with blanket bog and mountain peaks which are drenched in green and yellow in the summer and pink and purple in the autumn. We arrive back in Dublin’s fair city at around 5:30 pm. Thanks for joining us! ITINERARY: 08:30    Depart Dublin 10:00    Baltinglass Abbey  10:45    Visit a working Sheep Farm  13:00    Glenmalure Valley & Lodge for lunch 14:15    Glendalough Monastic Site & Lake Walk   16:05    Scenic Mountain Drive  16:20    Wicklow Mountains 17:30    Arrive back in Dublin

$75.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Glendalough, Wexford and Johnstown Castle with Spanish Speaking Guide

Travel the ancestral east coast of Ireland, through green Irish forests, past beautiful lakes, the Wicklow mountains and to Glendalough – the “Glen of two lakes” where you will visit St. Kevin’s monastery. Other wonderful views of medieval castles, immense beaches and fishing villages will appear throughout this tour and you will have time to stop to enjoy some of these landscapes. The first stop will be in Glendalough with its two spectacular lakes, where you will take a walk and take in the stunning scenery. Visit also its imposing monastic complex of the 6th century in which highlights its traditional Irish circular tower. The Vikings attacked this monastery on several occasions.  The next stop on your journey will be in the small and picturesque city of Wexford. Founded by the Vikings in 800 AD, Wexford maintains its image as a medieval Norman city with its walls, small streets, towers and its port. You will also have time for some lunch here. A short distance from Wexford, stop at the spectacular Johnstown Castle, one of the most beautiful in all of Ireland. You will arrive back in Dublin between 19:30 and 20:00.

$342 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from Dublin

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Friday, March 15thPass By: Paddywagon Tours, Dublin, County DublinArrive in Dublin's fair city with check- in to our downtown accommodation from 14:00 onwards. Stop At: Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, County Dublinor early arrivals, feel free to join our bus to Guinness Storehouse @ 14:30 with a return @ 17:00 approx. Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland's most symbolic and sought-after visitor destinations. The Guinness Brewery has an amazing story beginning in 1759 when Arthur Guinness created his first pint of the Black Stuff. There will be much time to enjoy the Guinness Brewery and even enjoy a complimentary pint in the atrium bar, with its 360 degree view of Dublin's Fair City.Duration: 3 hoursPass By: River Liffey, Dublin, County DublinTonight we'll party at a massive Irish traditional dance party and singalong on the banks of the river Liffey.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Paddy's Palace, Dublin. Backpack hostel accommodation in dorm rooms. Day 2: Day 2 : Saturday March 16thStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareToday we'll all travel together to the amazing west of Ireland. You'll enjoy our classic Cliffs of Moher day tour from Dublin taking in the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin village, limestone Burren region, Bunratty Castle (photos), Kinvara and the Wild Atlantic Way. The tour departs Dublin @ 07:30 and returns around 20:00. Enjoy an evenong at leisure with friends old and new. Discover the delights of our capital's nightlife, from fantastic pub grub to fine dining, traditional music and maybe even a club or two on this St. Patrick's eve.Duration: 13 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Paddy's Palace Hostel, dorm room accommodation. Day 3: Day 3: Sunday March 17th: St. Patrick's DayPass By: O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, County DublinThe only national festival celebrated the world over! Your morning is free for you to relax and explore. At 10:30 we'll regroup and go to O'Connell bridge to take our places at the world's biggest non-military parade and festival and watch it proceed past us with over 250,000 participants! The parade continues until approximately 3pm where we have time to mingle with the crowds or join in with the locals for some fun and banter on our great national day. At 17:00, you are invited to the legendary Paddywagon Paddy's Day party in our fine city center venue. In the evening maybe try out the monster Ceili (traditional Irish dancing) or the many other activities we have laid out for you our valued guests. Afterwards, we enjoy a celebration of human happiness in the famed Temple Bar area before we overnight in Dublin city.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Paddy's Palace Hostel, dorm room accommodation. Day 4: Day 4: Monday March 18thStop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowWe enjoy our final day of exploring Ireland with a half day touring the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Glendalough is the monastic citadel of St. Kevin set in the majestic Wicklow mountains. This beauty spot was chosen by Mel Gibson to be the backdrop of epic blockbuster 'Braveheart'. More recently it sent hearts a-throbbin' when Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank filmed PS I Love You. It is located less than an hour from Dublin, which makes it the perfect day trip from our capital city. Choose to depart @ 08:00 and return @ 13:00 or you could also choose to sleep a little longer and enjoy the afternoon departure @ 13:30 which returns @ 17:00 - 17:30.NB: Your tour ends in Dublin city this afternoon. Accommodation is not included tonight Monday 18th March.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Paddy's Palace Hostel, dorm room accommodation.

$539.39 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from London

Saturday 16th March 2019 To all your lucky people, make sure to meet us at Kilburn (tube) station at 6:15 am where your Leprechaun tour guide will meet you with our luxurious Paddywagon bus and take you on an unforgettable journey. Departure is at 6.30am sharp! We cruise through the English countryside, taking in the beautiful vistas as we head to North Wales where our ferry awaits.  We arrive in Dublin early evening and take you to your accommodation for the night. Once you check in, we depart for the amazing Paddywagon welcoming party that we have prepared just for you! We take you to one of the best pubs Dublin has to offer where you can enjoy traditional music and a pint or two! Sunday March 17th: St. Patrick's Day The only national festival celebrated the world over! Your morning is free for you to relax and explore. At 10.30am we'll regroup and go to O'Connell bridge to take our places at the world's biggest non-military parade and festival and watch it proceed past us with over 250,000 participants! The parade continues until approximately 3pm where we have time to mingle with the crowds or join in with the locals for some fun and banter on our great national day. At 5pm, you are invited to the legendary Paddywagon Paddy's Day party in our fine city center venue. In the evening maybe try out the monster Ceili (traditional Irish dancing) or the many other activities we have laid out for you, our valued guests. Monday March 18th The following day, we awake bright eyed and bushy-tailed into a brand new day and boy, are you in for a treat on our fun-filled day trip out to the mouth-wateringly beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Glendalough is the monastic citadel of St. Kevin set in the majestic Wicklow mountains. This beauty spot was chosen by Mel Gibson to be the backdrop of epic blockbuster 'Braveheart'. More recently it sent hearts a-throbbin' when Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank filmed PS I Love You in this idyllic setting! It is located less than an hour from Dublin, which makes it the perfect day trip from our capital city. Our afternoon stop is one of Ireland's most symbolic and sought-after visitor destinations. The Guinness Brewery has an amazing story beginning in 1759 when Arthur Guinness created his first pint of the Black Stuff. There will be much time to enjoy the Guinness Brewery and even enjoy a complimentary pint in the atrium bar, with its 360 degree view of Dublin's Fair City, followed by a free evening to enjoy the delights of our capital's nightlife, from fantastic pub grub to fine dining, traditional music and maybe even a club or two.Tuesday March 19th We enjoy a final day of exploring Ireland's fair city of Dublin with a complimentary ticket for Dublin's Open Air Bus Tour. Ireland's oldest university Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral and Kilmainham Gaol are just some of the many spectacular attractions this beautiful city has to offer, which brings our Paddywagon Paddy's Day tour to a close.

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