Exploring the Irish countryside with Over the Top Tours

After a few days in Dublin I decided it was time to get out of the city and explore that gorgeous countryside that Ireland is famous for. I joined Over the Top Tours for their journey through Wicklow National Park and Glendalough.

This area is known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’ thanks to the mysterious mountain ranges dotted with pristine lakes as smooth as glass and tumbling waterfalls. Autumn was a beautiful time to visit as the whole landscape was a mixture of burnt oranges, reds, yellows, browns and greens.

We passed by famous locations from films such as PS. I love you and Braveheart. We stopped at an ancient Irish monastery and took a walk through the national park. We then warmed up with a hearty beef and Guinness stew at a traditional Irish pub.

Over the top tour bus


Autumn in Ireland

Mini waterfall in Dublin

Dream home in Ireland

Lake in Ireland

National Park in Ireland

Bright berries in Ireland

St Peter and St Pauls Ireland

St pete and st paul graveyard in Dublin

Graveyard in Ireland

Glen Macnaas Waterfall Ireland

Misty roads in Ireland

Scene from ps I love you

purple heather in Ireland

Irish countryside

Beef and Guinness stew

clear water in Ireland

Massive thanks to Over the Top Tours for such a brilliant day. The tour I took costs just €28 and lasts from 9.30am to 6pm. If you don’t have your on vehicle but you want to get out of Dublin and see the surrounding countryside than I would definitely recommend this trip. Even if the sun isn’t shining, you’ll have a great time. A bit of rain and mist adds to the magical atmosphere.

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • November 23, 2013

    That’s pretty good value for a day trip! And it looks beautiful. One of these days I have to get myself to Ireland!

  • November 24, 2013

    I’m always ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to Ireland but it’s crept up the wish list a lot recently. These photos are gorgeous.

  • December 4, 2013

    I can confirm the loveliness of Ireland (I might be a little biased! Next time head for Cork, all along the coast there is gorgeous. You can hop on a ferry to Baltimore, there are no cars on the island and it’s just lovely, plus the food is great. Glad you enjoyed Ireland

  • December 24, 2013

    I’m off to Dublin for a week over new year so your post has given me ideas to get out of the city and explore. Thanks 🙂


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