Glendalough, Wicklow Gap & Kilkenny
Discover the true beauty of Ireland on this wonderful day trip to the monastic site of Glendalough and the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny. Visit St. Kevin’s monastic city at Glendalough famed for its rounds towers, and Celtic crosses. Enjoy the rolling hills of Wicklow Gap and the narrow medieval streets of Kilkenny city.
Glendalough monastic site and lakes
Wicklow Gap and mountains
Walking trails of Glendalough
Gaze out upon spectacular landscapes
Experience the wild nature of Ireland
Your local Irish Guide
All transport around the east of Ireland
Entrance fee to Glendalough
Get lost in your thoughts while walking your own pace along paths of Glendalough
Explore the colourful town of Kilkenny
|Departure Point||Cork – 7.00am entrance to Castlewhite Appts on Western Rd, Cork – 7.15am the entrance to Dunnes Stores on Merchants Quay|
Our first stop of the day is at Glendalough.
This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united.
- Walking Trails of Glendalough:
There are nine way-marked walking trails in the valley of Glendalough. The walks vary from a short half hour stroll to a long two-hour hill walk. Our driver/guide will take you on the Derrybawn Woodland Trail (Orange Route)
This trail climbs steeply up alongside the Poulanass Waterfall before leading you to the upper reaches of Derrybawn Mountain. Flanked by larch and pine trees, the route offers magnificent views of the whole Glendalough Valley. Red squirrels and birds such as treecreepers are often seen here and wood sorrel, bluebells and wood anemones add colour to the woodland floor.
We travel over the Wicklow Gap, which takes us way up into the Wicklow Mountains. This route allows spectacular panoramic views of the landscape, with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eye can see. We view traditional Irish bogs which provide the Irish householder with the source of energy that fuels our fires and provides power for many uses. Through the Wicklow Gap we also pass Turlogh waterfall, one of Ireland’s most dramatic waterfalls and highest reservoir.
Hollywood Blockbusters ‘PS I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’
If you’re a fan of the Hollywood Blockbusters ‘PS, I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ then you will now officially be on the set! You’ll understand why Mel Gibson (an Irish passport holder) chose the Wicklow mountains to be the Highlands of Scotland, and Glendalough to be the spot for the wedding scene.
And then, of course, there are all the romantic scenes from ‘PS I Love You’, this is where Hilary Swank met Gerard Butler for the first time so who knows you-you might meet 😉
After the scenic drive, we will make our way to Kilkenny. Kilkenny (from the Gaelic’Cill Chainnigh’, meaning the Church of St Canice) is the Ireland of many visitors’ imaginations. Built from dark grey limestone flecked with fossil seashells, Kilkenny is also known as ‘the marble city’.
Its picturesque ‘Medieval Mile’ of narrow lanes and historic buildings strung between castle and cathedral along the bank of the River Nore is one of the southeast’s biggest tourist draws. But it’s worth braving the crowds to soak up the atmosphere of one of Ireland’s creative crucibles – Kilkenny is a centre for arts and crafts, and home to a host of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.
All good things must come to an end, we make our way back to our departure point, with our funny guides telling jokes and playing music along the way to keep you entertained.