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From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Admire the views of the sprawling Wicklow Mountains and visit picturesque monastery of Glendalough. Then, explore the charming the medieval lanes of the city of Kilkenny. Depart from Dublin and set off on a luxury bus to Glendalough. As you journey out of the city, your guide will fill you in on many interesting facts and fun stories about Dublin. Arrive at Glendalough, considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the monastic settlement and some free time to explore the area or relax at a local café. The more adventurous can opt to take a hike to the Upper Lake and return via a boardwalk (approx. 2.5 km). Explore a route that takes you past the Lower Lake through a stunning nature trail that leads deep into the valley and on to the Upper Lake. Continue through the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive, your guide will tell you about its geology and history. Pass through famous movie locations featured in P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. Stop for a 10-minute photo opportunity at the Wicklow Gap before a scenic ride to Kilkenny. Once you reach Kilkenny, have free time to navigate the narrow lanes and historic buildings. Admire its extraordinary castle where you can picnic, or enjoy lunch in the local pubs. Then, join an optional guided tour of the city before making your way back to Dublin.

Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow & Glendalough Tour & Sheepdog Show

Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow & Glendalough Tour & Sheepdog Show

Embark on a breathtaking journey through some of Ireland’s most iconic and picturesque locations with our "Kilkenny, Wicklow, and Glendalough Adventure with Sheepdog Show" tour. This full-day adventure from Dublin is packed with rich history, stunning landscapes, and unique cultural experiences, ensuring a memorable day out in the Irish countryside. Your first stop is the serene and mystical valley of Glendalough, known for its impressive monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore: The Round Tower: This iconic structure stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of early medieval monks. St. Kevin’s Church and Cathedral: Wander through the remains of these ancient buildings, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere. The Lakes: Take a leisurely walk to the Upper and Lower Lakes, surrounded by stunning scenery and perfect for photography. Enjoy some free time to explore the area at your own pace, whether it’s hiking one of the many trails or simply relaxing by the lakeside. Leaving Glendalough, your tour continues through the stunning landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains. This area, often called the “Garden of Ireland,” is renowned for its natural beauty, with rolling hills, sparkling lakes, and dense woodlands. As you travel through this picturesque region, your guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the area's history and geography. One of the highlights of this tour is the Sheepdog demonstration, showcasing the incredible skills of these intelligent animals. Watch as a local farmer and his highly trained dogs work together to herd sheep, demonstrating traditional farming techniques that have been passed down through generations. This interactive experience offers a unique glimpse into rural Irish life and the strong bond between farmer and dog. Your last stop is the medieval city of Kilkenny, often referred to as the “Marble City” due to its distinctive black limestone. Kilkenny is renowned for its well-preserved historic buildings and vibrant arts scene. Key highlights of your visit include: Kilkenny Castle: Though entrance fees are not included, you can visit this majestic castle, beautifully restored and offering a glimpse into Ireland’s aristocratic past. Stroll around the picturesque gardens is free of charge. St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower: Discover this impressive 13th-century cathedral and, for the adventurous, climb the adjacent round tower for panoramic views of Kilkenny (entry fees not included). Medieval Mile Museum: Delve into Kilkenny’s rich history with a visit to this museum, located in a 13th-century church (entry fees not included). Take some time to wander the cobbled streets, browse local shops, and perhaps enjoy a coffee or snack at one of the many charming cafes. Entrance to specific sites is optional and at your own expense. We return to Dublin for around 6pm that evening.

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, & Kilkenny Tour

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, & Kilkenny Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing tour of some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes, including the 12th-century castle of Kilkenny, the rugged Wicklow Mountains, and the 7th-century monastery of Glendalough. The first stop is Kilkenny Castle (entree fee not included), majestically located on the banks of the River Nore. The craft capital of Ireland, you can visit the Kilkenny Art and Design Centre to get a better appreciation of the craft traditions of goldsmiths, sculptors, painters and more. Stroll around the cobblestone streets, and visit Saint Frances Brewery, Ireland’s oldest. Admire the magnificent silk merchant’s mansion of Rothe House, containing priceless Viking artifacts.And walk in the medieval gardens to see historic varietals of fruit and veg, such as Gortahok cabbage and Blood of Boyne apples. Enjoy lunch in one of the city’s artisan cafés. Walking tour included. En route to Glendalough, drive into the wild Wicklow Mountains of County Carlow. Watch as the landscape changes from lush green pastures and gentle valleys, to the glacial valleys of Wicklow Gap, giving it a cinematic quality that made it a popular location to shoot movies such as “Braveheart” and “PS I Love You.” Continue over the mountains to explore the monastic site of Glendalough (meaning glen of two lakes), where Christianity was re-introduced to Ireland after the Dark Ages. Learn about Saint Kevin, founder of the 7th-century monastery. Follow your guide on a walking tour to see intact architecture, such as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, Church and Round Tower. On the final part of your journey head through the highest village in Ireland, known as Roundwood. Marvel at the Sugarloaf Mountains, which were higher than the Alps before the Ice Age. Pass Powerscourt Estate and the Glen of Imaal en route to Kilnacanogue. Your guide will regale you with stories about Ireland, and be treated to some traditional Irish music on the drive back to Dublin.

Kilkenny: Guided City Boat Tour with Kilkenny Castle Views

Kilkenny: Guided City Boat Tour with Kilkenny Castle Views

Boats depart from Canal Square and head upstream on the river Nore. Along the route, passengers will view the medieval architecture of Kilkenny, hear of the local history and take in sites such as the WW1 Memorial, St Canice’s Catheral and Kilkenny’s Round Tower. Turning at Greens Bridge, boats then travels back down stream, under Lady Desert bridge and St Johns Bridge, pass the boarding point, and beneath the shadow of the ever imposing, Kilkenny Castle. Continuing south, boats travels along the crest of Castle Weir through lush greenery to the ruins of Ormonde Woollen Mill. Here, boats turn once more and return passengers to the boarding pontoon at Canal Square. This Guided Boat Tours takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes. For private trips or for groups larger than 12 people, see www.boattrips.ie

From Dublin: Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountain Full-Day Tour

From Dublin: Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountain Full-Day Tour

Travel through Kildare to historic Kilkenny on this full-day scenic tour from Dublin. Once the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny boasts Ireland’s finest Norman castle, and have the chance to buy a pint of Kilkenny beer in the city where it is produced. Board the comfortable and climate-controlled bus in Dublin and begin your day trip. Relax on the drive to Kilkenny past sparkling lakes, dense forests and babbling brooks.  Arrive in Kilkenny and enjoy free time to shop for traditional Irish crafts like unique knitwear, pottery and glass. Spend your time strolling through quaint streets or popping into a local pub for a delicious Kilkenny beer. Continue to the monastic city of St. Kevin at Glendalough, best known for the wedding scenes in the blockbuster movie “Braveheart” and famous as the location for the film “PS I Love You.” Head to the megalithic portal tomb of Brownshill Dolmen to uncover how ancient Irish ancestors buried their dead and celebrated their passage into the next world. Return to your meeting point in Dublin at the end of your day trip. 

Kilkenny: Smithwick's Beer Experience

Kilkenny: Smithwick's Beer Experience

Begin your journey with the Franciscan monks who first started brewing on this site in the 13th-century and whose resourcefulness began the tradition of brewing at St. Francis Abbey. Continue on to learn the history of the Smithwick family, told as only they know how. Learn about how John Smithwick established his brewery in 1710 and over 300 years the family made a name for themselves in Kilkenny and further afield as brewers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and benefactors. On the brewing floor, experience a reproduction of the brewing process right down to the smell of the hops and the taste of the sweet wort. Learn about the 4 ingredients that go into every pint of Smithwick's, including the secret ingredient which is kept under lock and key. The final stage of the tour is, for many, the best - sample a pint of your favorite Smithwick's ale in the tasting bar or upgrade to a Tasting Paddle where you can sample 3 different ales on offer. Learn what makes Smithwick's one of Ireland's favorite ales that is famous all over the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy, this fun and informative tour.

Kilkenny: Historical and Hysterical Guided City Walking Tour

Kilkenny: Historical and Hysterical Guided City Walking Tour

Travel back in time as you explore Kilkenny city’s history-rich Medieval Mile on a fascinating and exciting walking tour that has been devised by one of Ireland’s leading magicians and raconteurs. With your passionate guide, Nevin Cody, embark on a journey to discover the wonders that are hidden in one of Ireland’s most historic locations. The tour begins at the main gates of Kilkenny Castle where you’ll weave your way through the picturesque streets of the Medieval Mile whilst listening to unique anecdotes and stories about the land. Listen to your guide blend history, magic, whimsical fun, and a dollop of irreverent humor that keeps you entertained from start to finish. Against the backdrop of Ireland’s famous Medieval Mile, watch as the veil of history is lifted and the hidden secrets that lie within the city are discovered. The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and covers just over one mile of walking. The group maintains a moderate pace of walking and there are plenty of stops along the way. The tour runs rain or shine so please come prepared for all weather forecasts.

Kilkenny: Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Kilkenny: Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Explore Kilkenny's fascinating past on a walking tour with a certified guide. Walk through the city's historic streets, hearing stories about Kilkenny Castle, St. John's Priory, and more, as you stand in front of these impressive sights. Kick-start your historical adventure by the Kilkenny Crystal Shop. Then, cross the River Nore towards Kilkenny County Hall, where you will find out about the most famous scholar in Kilkenny's history. From there, head to St. John's Priory and the Butler Gallery. Continue on to Kilkenny County Library and the Great War Memorial. Cross into Irishtown and St. Canice's Cathedral, where the city's history began. See many other fascinating sights along the tour, including Kieran and Parliament streets, the Black Abbey, and more. Finish your tour in front of the stunning Kilkenny Castle, home to the Butler family for 600 years.

Wexford: Hook Peninsula Sea Cave Kayaking Experience

Wexford: Hook Peninsula Sea Cave Kayaking Experience

The Irish Experience (theirishexperience.com) offers you this fantastic and unique Sea Kayaking Experience along Ireland's visually stunning southern coastline. Soak up and take in the best Atlantic Ocean location in Ireland with this truly unique way of exploring this magical coastline. The stunning and natural area of The Hook Peninsula is just 90 minutes from Dublin and steeped in jaw-dropping historical stories, rich with heritage and has diverse wildlife, which this tour will bring to life through your expert local guide! We take you to explore golden sandy beaches, beautiful craggy coves, cliff cracks and crevasses, which comprise an impressive variety of Sea Caves. The Experience includes one of the most amazing natural Sea Caves you will ever have the pleasure of entering by kayak. If you are in Ireland and you love "off-the-beaten-track" adventure, this is not something you can miss! Drive Time from Popular Locations : Dublin - 90mins Cork - 90mins Kilkenny - 40mins Waterford - 30mins Wexford Town - 30mins New Ross Town - 30mins Taxi can be arranged on request

Kilkenny Haunted Dark Tours

Kilkenny Haunted Dark Tours

A walking tour through a terrible historical past. Last approximately one hour. The chilling stories of Kilkennys slips and laneways. The dark characters who once and still roam our streets. The Kilkenny witch trials are but a few of our cities stories Walk with us through Kilkennys dark and creepy areas .Listen to the dark stories of Kilkenny. Let us share with you a terrible hidden darkside to this magnificent city. The grisly end for many and an area where hangings took and still take place .Brace yourself for the true facts behind all these stories. You never know you may even experience a tingling feeling whilst visiting one of Kilkennys most haunted spots. This tour is easy to do. Some content not suitable for younger children or the faint hearted.Hail,rain or snow. An evening of spooky tales and historical facts. Starting at Kilkenny Castles main gates. No delays please. Try to be at gates five minutes before tour begins. Tour starts promptly with no acception to delays of guests.

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