After departing Dublin, we take you to Glendalough, a secluded and wonderful spot just south of Dublin. Truly one of the most beautiful sights you will see on a day tour from Dublin, Glendalough promises to impress with magnificent scenery and much more. Explore the lakes, monastic ruined city, waterfalls, and other attractions the area has to offer. It is no wonder that films like 'Braveheart' and 'P.S. I Love You' were filmed in this area. You will get around 2 hours to explore the monastic ruins and the lough itself. Meander and soak up the views of this vast walkers paradise, also renowned for its bird-watching and abundance of wildlife.
Travelling through the Wicklow Mountains, the landscape will change from lush green rich pasture with gentle valleys, to the dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Gap. Ease away the stresses of life in these picturesque surroundings, leave the sights and sounds of the city behind, mesmerising views come to the dramatic mountains, rugged peaks, steep valleys and forest trails.
We will then head towards Kilkenny where you get 2 hours to explore the city. You can visit the Norman Kilkenny Castle that dates back to the 1100's. It is like traveling back to medieval Ireland and taking a walk through the 11th century. After exploring the gardens, you can watch a short film about the castle for free or spend the extra few euros to take a guided tour of the castle. The castle is the signature symbol of the city and is majestically located on the banks of the River Nore. Kilkenny Castle has a storied past and was once the Irish stronghold of the legendary Strongbow.
Alternately, you could pay to visit the Rothe House, a magnificent example of a wealthy silk merchants home built in 159. The house contains multiple medieval exhibits; including priceless Viking artefacts and a medieval garden which contains plants of the era including Gortahork cabbage and Blood of the Boyne apples.
Or you can just enjoy a walk on the cobbled streets of Kilkenny. Or visit the Black Abbey, the cathedral and much more. Either way, you will have a great time in this little city that was once the capital of medieval Ireland. Kilkenny also has a proud food heritage and you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch while in the city. There is plenty to choose from including artisan cafs and charming gastropubs.Afterwards you'll return to Dublin, arriving back at approximately 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
*Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.