Return: via Wexford to Rosslare
The last day of this tour means you are on the return leg: back to our starting point of Dublin or back to mainland Europe via the ferry terminal at Rosslare. From Kilkenny both routes should be completed in a short time – even taking into account the ferry departure times. To the east coast towards Wexford takes about 1.25 hours directly along the small roads R700, N30 and N25. Taking the M9 South and the N25 at the bend via New Roos, it will still take you 1.5 hours to drive the 100 km to Wexford. Then it is still about another 20 km to Rosslare ferry terminal. If you do not have to get the ferry until the morning, you can stay in lovely Wexford on the Irish Sea. On the way there, you will find the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, an open-air museum which wonderfully depicts 9,000 years of Irish history and offers a fantastic retrospective on your journey through time.
Return: via Glendalough to Dublin
The M9 north provides a fast northern connection to Dublin. However, on the way, the major attractions of this last leg, indeed of this tour, are beckoning you. Try to visit one of them, if not both. Firstly, there are the amazing, old monastery ruins of Glendalough in the valley of two lakes, a symbol of Ireland's religion and spirituality in the Ancient East. Further on is Wicklow National Park, one of the largest solitary landscapes on the east coast. Our recommendation is to take the M9 and exit it at Stonehouse on the R747 to Glendalough. From there, drive through the Wicklow Mountains on the Military Road back to Dublin. If you are in a hurry, switch over to the M1 coastal route and take the motorway to Dublin.
However you choose your route, Ireland will certainly not leave you. Because for most people who leave the Emerald Isle it is not a case of farewell forever. Particularly as you now know where you want to spend longer next time. Céad míle fáilte: you are a hundred thousand times welcome!