Glendalough, Wicklow and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin

The Glendalough, Wicklow, and Kilkenny tour from Dublin offers a guided day trip exploring stunning landscapes and historical sites in Ireland. Travelers can visit the medieval town of Kilkenny, enjoy scenic views of the Wicklow Mountains, and explore the ancient monastic ruins of Glendalough, all in one day.

What can I expect
  • Explore medieval Kilkenny Castle.
  • Visit ancient Glendalough monastery.
  • Enjoy scenic Wicklow Mountains.
  • Sheepdog demonstration
  • Guided day trip from Dublin.

Glendalough, Wicklow and Kilkenny Tour from Dublin including Sheepdog Demonstration

This tour departs from Dublin City Gallery, Hugh Lane on Parnell Square North at 08:00.


Glendalough (around 2 hours)

Many visitors seek a day tour from Dublin to Glendalough, renowned for its stunning monastic site. The tour's first stop often stands out as the most memorable part, offering about two hours to explore one of Ireland's most picturesque locations. This area is famous for its splendid landscapes and rich heritage, featuring ruins dating back to the 10th century, alongside beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Notably, Glendalough was featured in the film "Braveheart" as a wedding scene location.


Wicklow Mountains

After departing Glendalough, the tour progresses through the Wicklow Mountains towards the next destination. Ideal for those interested in a brief yet scenic Wicklow Mountains experience, this segment features a beautiful drive with expansive panoramic views. A brief stop at a picturesque elevated location allows for a 10-minute photo session.


The Wicklow Mountains' stunning natural scenery has attracted numerous filmmakers, leading to their use as a location for popular TV shows like "Vikings" and "The Tudors," as well as major films including "P.S. I Love You" and "Braveheart."


Sheepdog Demonstration (around 45 minutes)

In sheepdog herding, a competitive sport, herding dogs such as Border Collies manoeuvre sheep through fields, enclosures, and gates following their handler's commands. These dogs utilise their predatory instincts to manage the flock effectively. The skill, intelligence, and obedience of a well-trained sheepdog are seen as invaluable to farming families, showcasing the significant contributions these dogs make in agricultural settings.



The picturesque landscapes of Glendalough provide an idyllic setting for immersing visitors in the Irish countryside. During the demonstration, the farmer guide elucidates each command, offering insights into dog training techniques. Spectators can observe the intelligence of the sheepdogs as they adeptly follow commands. This experience presents a unique chance to capture the essence of Irish rural life.


Kilkenny (around 1.5 to 2 hours)

The tour continues to the charming town of Kilkenny, known for its medieval ambience, remarkable castle, and cobbled streets. Rich in history and folklore, Kilkenny once served as the medieval capital of Ireland in the 11th century. Located along the River Nore, visitors have two hours to explore, including a stroll by the riverside and visits to the Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral with its impressive round tower. This city is a significant highlight and offers a deep dive into Irish heritage.


Kilkenny Castle

Visitors will have the chance to explore Kilkenny Castle, with free access to its park and courtyard. The picturesque cobblestone streets and gardens of the Norman Castle, dating back to the 1100s, are open for exploration. Additionally, guests may opt for a guided tour inside the castle for a small fee, or enjoy a complimentary video presentation detailing the castle's rich history and its beautiful gardens.


After exploring Kilkenny, head back to Dublin around 17:30 - 18:00.


For more day tours around Ireland check out DoDublin's extensive range of day tours from Dublin.

Tour duration - 10 Hours


Pick-up Point - 8:00 am, Outside Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1


Drop-off - Around 5:30pm – 6:00pm, 12 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 TE81


Please note:

This tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility

Not suitable for children under 6 - if child is very used to travelling, please book 1 seat per child.

Trip Advisor

Prefect guides

Apr 2024 • Couples

Rachel and Brian, the best couple of guides ever, we learnt a lot of Irish history and they fulfil our curiosity about Kilkenny and Glendalough

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