The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow’s untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you’ll explore ancient monastic ruins at Glendalough, enjoy the ‘craic’ in a traditional Irish pub, and see where film-makers brought a little bit of Scotland to Ireland when filming scenes for ‘Braveheart’ at Sally’s Gap.
The beautiful coastal drive from Dublin to Glendalough takes you past Dun Laoghaire Harbor, Dalkey and Killiney. These exclusive suburbs on the out reaches of Dublin are home to Ireland’s rich and famous including U2’s Bono, Enya and film director Neil Jordan. Then, driving through the Wicklow Mountains, you’ll soon understand why this area is known as ‘the Garden of Ireland’.
You’ll continue on to the green mountains of Wicklow County, where you’ll stop for morning tea (additional cost) at Avoca Handweavers. The oldest wool mill in Ireland, Avoca Handweavers is a great place to shop for high-quality Irish crafts.
The next stop on your Wicklow tour in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough is renowned for its natural beauty and history, and is one of the most visited places in Ireland.
At Glendalough, your guide will walk with you through the 6th-century monastic settlement. You’ll learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery, and hear stories relating to the ruins scattered about the site, including the famous Round Tower. There will also be time for a leisurely stroll through the woods to Upper Lake.
Leaving the peace and serenity of Glendalough behind, you’ll head off for a stop at a local pub for lunch (additional cost). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good old-fashioned home cooking of a traditional Irish pub. Why not wash lunch down with a hearty pint of Guinness?
After lunch you’ll begin your return to Dublin, via Sally’s Gap, where scenes from Braveheart were filmed in 1995. This scenic but desolate area of wild bogland offers a stunning contrast to the Wicklow Mountains.
You’ll arrive back in Dublin in the late afternoon, with drop-off either in Ballsbridge (D4) or at Trinity College.