Researching day tours in Ireland that left from Dublin, we decided to go with Wild Rover Day Tours. If you’re interested, they were on time and professional, with clean and safe buses.
The first day tour we chose was the tour from Dublin through Wicklow Mountain National Park to the Glendalough Monastic sites in Wicklow to the city of Kilkenny. I am so glad we chose to do these tours because the views were some of our favorite the entire trip. It was a cold, foggy, rainy, and overcast day, but the views were still gorgeous. I personally enjoyed the fog and rain. While driving to the first stop, the driver shared information from time to time on what we were passing.
Here are some images from the trip to Glenalough, not the best, but we were on a bus after all.
Arriving at the Glendalough Monastic Site, we quickly got going to be able to see all we wanted in the time allotted. They will leave you, if you are not back at the bus at the time you’re supposed to be.
This site dated back to 600 AD and was absolutely amazing. This is where Christianity was re-introduced to northern and central Europe after the Dark Ages.
We spent some good time wandering through the graveyards and stone structures and after that headed down the trail to the lower lake of Glendalough. Glendalough literally means glen between two lakes, because there is a lower and an upper lake. The lower lake doesn’t take long to walk to but the upper one takes a little longer. The trail is paved practically the whole way however, so walking it wasn’t an issue for us.
We met a little friend who was on the move to go jump in the lake.
The lower lake
The Upper Lake
Driving from there, the tour led us to the Wicklow Gap, and they stopped for good photo ops. The fog severely cut down on how far we could see, but it was so quiet and still that we didn’t care. It. was. peaceful.
They made sure and point out that this was the bridge filmed in PS I love you, which is one of my favorite movies, so I snapped a quick picture. We also drove past where many parts of Braveheart were filmed.
After more time driving, we arrived in the city of Kilkenny, where the choice was either to go to Kilkenny Castle and take our time roaming around the city, or go to the Dunmore Caves (which would take up the rest of the time). We chose the castle so we could see more and get something to eat at a pub. The guides gave suggestions on where to eat and we took their advice on a pub. Once we ate and toured the castle, there wasn’t much more time to explore, but I did manage to squeeze in a few antique shops in search of a china plate to add to my growing collection.There was no photography inside the castle from what I remember because my only pictures are from the outside.
The entire days drive was so pretty and allowed us to see many parts of Ireland we would have missed had we chosen not to do the tour. I was afraid of getting car sick on the winding roads, but popped my non-drowsy anti-nausea meds (just in case) and didn’t have a problem. The bus took us back to Dublin that night and we made our way to the hotel so we could be well rested for another day tour the next day, this time, to Northern Ireland.