Ahh, Wicklow…the “Garden of Ireland.” With its rolling hills and lush greenery, it truly brings out the beauty of the Irish countryside. So, what can you expect to find in this part of the world? 

Wicklow Mountains – For The Solace Of The Great Outdoors

They cover the eastern stretch of Ireland, complete with heathland, peat bogs, and patches of native woodland – and lead up to peaks and valleys carved out by ancient glaciers. It’s a true paradise for both geologists and nature enthusiasts. While here, check out the particularly popular Wicklow Gap, a natural corridor through the mountains.

These mountains have also caught the eye of filmmakers. Iconic films like “Braveheart” and “PS I Love You” have been shot here, making the most of the scenery to create the perfect backdrop that will wow audiences.

Keep an eye out for traces of ancient history scattered all over the area, from early medieval stone crosses to evidence of old mining and agricultural activities. These relics tell stories of the enduring spirit of those who lived here long ago.

Glendalough Heritage Site – Where Ireland’s Past and Present Collide

Also called the “Valley of Two Lakes,” it was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. This place has survived Viking raids and Norman invasions, and for generations served as a center for religious worship and pilgrimages. Now, it offers visitors a unique chance to experience Ireland’s monastic history firsthand.

The well-preserved structures that attract scholars and tourists alike, telling of a once-thriving ecclesiastical community. The Round Tower is the main attraction here, soaring more than 30 meters into the sky. It once rang out calls to prayer and offered a safe haven during attacks. Your Glendalough day trip from Dublin won’t be complete without passing through here.

Also check out St. Kevin’s Church – locals have dubbed it ‘St. Kevin’s Kitchen’ due to its chimney-like round tower. It’s actually one of the few remaining structures with its original stone roof intact from the medieval period​. The site also houses St. Mary’s Church, dating back to the 10th century, and several others like the beautifully preserved Trinity Church and Reefert Church, each telling its own story of religious life centuries ago​​.

In addition to the architectural treasures, you’ll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous natural landscapes, including two serene lakes and vibrant woodlands perfect for peaceful strolls and stunning vistas. The whole area has a calming, meditative feel to it for a life focused on prayer and reflection, just like St. Kevin and his followers practiced here.

At the Glendalough Visitor Centre, you can enjoy interesting exhibitions and an audio-visual show. The friendly staff are always available to answer your questions, whether you’re just curious or a dedicated scholar. casually exploring or deeply researching.

Activities and Attractions with Fáilte Tours Ireland

Our itinerary is designed to make every moment memorable with highlights like:

  • Sightseeing in Historic Dublin: Begin your adventure in Dublin, where our guide will introduce you to iconic landmarks such as Trinity College, the Georgian architecture of Fitzwilliam Square, and historic sites like O’Donohoe’s Pub. This mini-tour provides fascinating insights into Dublin’s rich history and culture before heading towards the serene landscapes of Wicklow.
  • The Scenic Drive to Wicklow: As we journey to Wicklow, you’ll traverse the famous “PS I Love You” bridge and witness the enchanting views of Guinness Lake. Our route through the Wicklow Mountains, perfect for those cherished photographs.
  • Exploring Glendalough: Wicklow Glendalough Tour give you the opportunity to stroll around the Upper and Lower Lakes during a leisurely two-hour stay. This is a chance to experience the tranquility and spiritual ambiance of a site founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin.
  • Touring Wicklow Gaol: Next, our journey takes us to Wicklow Gaol, infamous for its haunting past. Here, you’ll get into the history of one of Ireland’s most storied prisons, now restored to its original state.

All through the process, our guides will give you stories and facts of the different spots – that personal touch that deepens your connection to the places you’re exploring.

Preparing for the Tour

  • Clothing: Weather in Wicklow can be unpredictable. You’ll be all set with layered clothing, waterproof jackets, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Equipment: For those planning to hike, consider packing hiking poles, a water bottle, and a small backpack for snacks and essentials.
  • Timing: Arriving early at your pickup point ensures a smooth start to your day. We can arrange pickups in central Dublin, which is convenient for most travellers.
  • Reservations: Booking your tour in advance is highly recommended, especially during peak seasons. This guarantees your spot and helps in planning a more personalized experience.

For all the details or to book your tour, head over to Fáilte Tours Ireland or give us a ring at 00353 85 8589955. We’ll handle the logistics so you can soak up all the beauty and charm of Ireland’s ancient east!