Wicklow Day Tour
Our Wicklow day tour is designed to give you an experience like no other. We take a route up past the Blessington lakes where see the lush green fields of arable land before stopping at Baltinglass Abbey dating back to the 1100s. We then visit a working farm where you get to experience what life is like for the rural farmer. Ed and his trusty dog will give you a sheepdog demonstration and explain the workings of this diverse farm populated by sheep, cattle, pigs and of course his five working dogs. We continue on to a fantastic lunch destination in the Glenmalure Valley.
We then visit what for many will be the highlight of the tour – Glendalough. The Glendalough monastery was founded in the 6th century but most of the buildings there today date from the late 10th century to the 12th century. The round tower and the Cathedral are particularly impressive. The setting is what makes this monastic site stand out above all others and you have an hour and a half to explore the surrounding area, breathtaking views and the lakes.
You experience the raw beauty of the Wicklow mountains with its bogs, heather and lakes with a drive through the Sally Gap. We make multiple photo stops at some of the most scenic spots including the ‘PS. I Love You’ bridge and the Lough Tay lake before heading back to Dublin.
The sights and experiences on this tour are fantastic and we know that our knowledgeable, entertaining guides will make this Wicklow day tour one of the most memorable days of your trip to Ireland!
8:30am Depart from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street. Please arrive at least 10 mins early!
10:00am Our fist stop of the day is Baltinglass.You have half an hour to explore Baltinglass Abbey which was Founded in 1148 by Dermot MacMurrough the King of Leinister. Its twelve arches are a particularly interesting architectural feature but there is much more to explore and discover. Grab a coffee and back on the bus
10:45am We drive up the road to a working farm in the heartland of the arable side of Wicklow. Meet the friendly local farmer Ed who will delight in introducing you to rural life on the farm.He will show you the different breeds of bulls and introduce you to his herd of Cows and their calves before giving a sheepdog demonstration corralling the sheep with little more than a few commands or whistles. This is a truly unique experience and gives you a great insight to life in rural Ireland.
1:00pm We travel on to the Glenmalure valley and go to the Lodge for lunch. ( Lunch not included ). This is the perfect setting for lunch and the food is very good.
2:15pm Arriving at Glendalough in the afternoon has distinct advantages as most tours come here in the morning. You have an hour and a half to explore this interesting Abbey and the surrounding lakes.The Monastery itself was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin but most of the buildings date from between the 11th and 12th century. Glendalough monastery has many buildings the tower and St kevins Kitchen are the most complete all the rest are in disrepair to differing extents. The setting amongst the mountains and the lakes is what sets this monastery apart from every other. Take a stroll and enjoy this magical place, You will be transported to a tranquil peaceful place.
4:05pm Lough Tay and view of the Guinness House: You get spectacular views of Lough Tae known as the Guinness lake due to its appearance, The water is almost black due to coluoration from the peat in the bogs and one of its banks has a white sand beach similar to the head of a pint of Guinness, there is even a tributary stream which resembles the pouring of the pint!
4:20pm Mountain drive over the Sally Gap; The Sally gap is renowned as one of the most scenic passes in the Wicklow mountains, You are surrounded by blanket bogs and the Wicklow mountains and this creates stunning vistas at different times of the year. The predominant colours are green and yellow during the summer with the gorse bushes producing a vibrant yellow flower. These colours give way to pink and purple for the Autumn period as the the heather goes into flower creating a fantastic blanket of colour. The road we drive along is known as the military road as it was constructed by the British forces after the 1798 rebellion in an effort to flush out the rebels. You get spectacular views of the surrounding countryside which was used as a location setting for many movies including Vikings, Brave heart and PS. I Love You. We even make a quick stop at the 'PS.I Love You' bridge.
5:30pm Arrive back in Dublin
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“Excellent Day Excursions”
We couldn't have asked for a better tour company or driver/guide for our day trips. We had two day trips planned from Dublin for Cliffs of Moher and Connemara. Our driver/guide, Tony, was excellent. He was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Both days we were picked up promptly on time at our hotel. Even though the drive was long from Dublin, our group was thoroughly entertained by Tony's history lessons, stories and songs! The Cliffs of Moher are absolutely breath taking. The bus was comfortable and clean. Needless to say we had an extremely memorable trip thanks to Tony and company!
“Stunning, beautiful, perfect”
I have been here every time I come to Ireland since I was little, it is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. I have only just decided to write a review as I got engaged here on Sunday! The scenery is stunning, the views are breath taking and there are many different walks you can take. This place is a must!!!!
Being from Wicklow myself the 'Sally Gap' is on my doorstep but I don't have reason to drive across it often, however when I do its nevertheless a great experience. This is the true beauty of Ireland open vast green spaces, movies such as BraveHeart, Reign of Fire, PS I Love You and most recently the hit TV show Vikings etc have all been filmed here for one simple reason - untouched beauty! Rivers, mountains, green fields, stones/boulders left over from huge glaciers, no telegraph poles or lines in sight! It's really only accessible by car or (if your very fit) by bicycle but it's worth taking a day out from Dublin just to visit it and of course you can use it as an off the beaten track to visit the 6th Century monastic ruins at Glendalough - another incredibly beautiful valley which nestles two deep dark lakes. Google it, YouTube it but whatever you do, if you come to Ireland - visit it!