Private Powerscourt & Glendalough Day Tour

Private Powerscourt & Glendalough Day Tour

Tour from Dublin

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Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.

A Short Introduction To Your Journey

Explore County Wicklow, the ‘Garden of Ireland’ on this private day tour from Dublin City.

Just a short journey south of the capital you'll discover a place of lush green valleys, mountains, charming villages, ancient ruins and world-class, manicured gardens at one of Europe's most impressive 18th century country estates.

Your experience is rounded off with some interesting Irish shopping opportunities and delicious casual lunch options.

Look forward to the safety, comfort and style of your own Mercedes- Benz private tour vehicle and exclusive door to door service with your own private driver- guide.

Given the proximity of Wicklow to Dublin, enjoy a relatively early return in plenty of time for refreshments, dinner reservations and rest.

Guest feedback:

"Dear Chloe, I just wanted to say thank you for the recommendation. I absolutely loved Powerscourt, exactly my cup of tea! We had a fantastic time with Gavin today, such a gentleman and lunch at Wicklow Heather was delightful. All my best darling." - SP, Totteridge, England

  • Dublin-based expert advice
  • Collection from your hotel
  • Private Mercedes-Benz Tour Vehicle
  • Private Chauffeur Guide
  • Private 4G Wifi Connection in Tour Vehicle
  • Entrance fees (as specified at time of booking)
  • Fuel, Road Tolls and Associated Taxes
  • Dropoff at your hotel
  • Driver's Gratuity
  • Food, Drink or Refreshments
  • Depart Dublin (09:00 start is recommended)

    After a leisurely breakfast, your morning begins outside your accommodation as your private driver- guide slides back the door of your private Mercedes- Benz tour vehicle and welcomes you on board. As you relax into the comfortable leather seats your driver will outline how to best approach the day ahead while taking local operational considerations into account. 

    Your journey south through Dublin city and suburbs into the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and Wicklow Mountains beyond will be approximately one hour. Sit back and soak up the vibe as the city gives way to rugged emerald landscapes and neat Irish villages.

  • Glendalough, The Valley of Two Lakes

    Your first stop this morning is Glendalough – which means ‘The valley of the two lakes’ in the Irish language.

    Glendalough is a hauntingly beautiful location. The valley features a waterfall which splits into two lakes and an ancient 6th century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin. The monastery ruins are amazing to explore with the remnants of chapels, stone towers and intricately carved stone Celtic crucifixes.

    Take a short stroll to the Glendalough lakes (camera in hand – the landscapes are truly world-class) and breathe in the nature surrounding you. Keep a keen eye out for the abundant wildlife including Red and Sika deer, rabbits and hares, rural red foxes, the native Irish red squirrel and several species of bat.

    It was here in the Glendalough Nature Reserve, close to the water's edge, that Vikings selected some of the ancient Irish oak for what would become the second largest Viking longship ever found. The "Skuldelev 2" was discovered in water off Denmark in 1962. Excavations and analysis of the building materials suggest that the boat was buit in Dublin over 1,000 years before, using oak from the spot where you are standing.

  • The Sally Gap

    You will feel like you have crawled inside a picture-postcard of Ireland as we reach our next destination. The Sally Gap –located in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is a narrow crossing overlooking lush, green farmlands and unspoiled landscapes as far as the eye can see

    The Sally Gap remains somewhat off the beaten trail for the vast majority of visitors. A well-kept secret waiting to be discovered!

  • Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall

    Located beside the charming village of Enniskerry, just beyond the Dublin-Wicklow border, Powerscourt is a must-see when visiting the area. A historic estate, which sits on 47 acres of themed manicured gardens, Powerscourt has been voted by National Geographic as one of the world’s top-three gardens.

    There is also a pretty good outlet and café operated by Avoca right here at Powerscourt Estate.

    Take time to stroll through the gardens and explore everything that the estate has to offer. A short, five minute onward drive takes us as far as the Powerscourt Waterfall, a cascading waterfall situated amidst more beautiful scenery.

  • Return to Dublin (by 18:00 approximately)

    A short 45 minute drive will take us back to Dublin’s city center by 18:00 (approx.) where we will arrive in plenty of time to enjoy a toast to your day’s sightseeing before dinner.

    Kennedy & Carr recommend:

    Our recommended 5 Star property in Dublin is The Merrion (Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2). The Garden Room & Terrace offers a relaxed experience on Spring & Summer evenings while The Cellar Bar is located in the original wine vaults where a cozy corner awaits in autumn and winter.

Private Tours typically range from EUR 695.00 – EUR 1,895.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.

Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.
Update: 20th September 2023

Ireland is currently at full employment. Many drivers exited the hospitality industry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (as hospitality was shut for two years) and there is currently a relative shortage of the very best talent.

With pandemic restrictions now in the rear view mirror, and with the United States Dollar at its strongest level vs the Euro in 20 years, we are currently experiencing a sharp increase in demand from our principal markets in the US, UK, EU and Arabian Gulf for Autumn / Winter 2023. As our availability sells out, rates will rise as demand outstrips remaining supply.

Accordingly, we encourage guests to secure preferred dates for the coming season as early as possible.

Due to the volume of requests we are receiving, we are not currently responding to requests for service less than 48 hours prior to departure - as the fleet is invariably sold out (at the highest available rates) by that time.

September (High- Peak Season)
Now selling steadily / certain dates approaching capacity with some of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast on a daily basis. Rates can be secured by deposit.

October (Peak Season)
Good availability. Rates quoted in September will increase by approx 10-15% as demand outstrips supply. Rates can be secured by deposit.

November (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted in September will increase by approx 20% as demand outstrips supply. Rates can be secured by deposit.

December (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. No service available 25th December. Rates quoted in September will increase by approx 20% as demand outstrips supply (traditionally there is a pronounced shortage of suitable drivers between 23rd December and 4th January). Rates can be secured by deposit.


You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email immediately at time of booking. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.

Powerscourt Gardens

• Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)
• Gardens close at dusk in Winter (Last entry during winter is 30 minutes before dusk)
• The Gardens are open year-round and only close December 25th & 26th

Entrance fees are priced at EUR 10.50 per person.

Powerscourt Waterfall

• Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec 10.30am – 4.00pm (last admission – 3.30pm)*
• Mar/Apr/Sept/Oct 10.30am – 5.30pm (last admission – 5pm)
• May/Jun/July/Aug 9.30am – 7.00pm (last admission – 6pm)

Entrance fees are priced at EUR 6.00 per person.

The Waterfall is closed from December 11th and re-opens on December 26th at 10.30am