Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village

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With historical sites, walking trails, rock climbing, fishing, and swimming, Wicklow Mountains National Park offers a great day out. Explore Glendalough—valley of two lakes—a 3 km (1.9 mi) tract of verdant greenery, which contains many important ancient buildings and ruins. Visit the monastic city, a series of partially ruined buildings that made up the monastery, which was founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century. Here you can see the gateway, the round tower, the cathedral, the priest's house, St. Kevin's kitchen, and St. Kieran's church. Visit the upper lake, and walk one the many trails that wend their way through woods, bogs, grasslands, heath, and scree. For rock climbers, try the cliff faces at Miners' Road and bouldering in upper Glendalough. Plan your Wicklow Mountains National Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vale of Glendalough using our Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary maker.
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  • Great playground for lovers of wide open spaces, wild nature and landscapes breathtaking. We went for a hike of 3 h from the uper lake of Glendalough. Do not take these walks lightly, it's still sports, and must be well equipped. The course is perfectly marked and there is no risk of getting lost. Special mention for the way in Rails of railroad for several km, studded so they don't slip. Tips:-do not forget to mountain clothing, weather can change very quickly, especially the wind. -provide a snack - prefer an early start before 10:00 am to avoid the world on these very frequent course and enjoy the beautiful light.
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  • An ideal place to disconnect from the stress. To discover landscapes of dream and recreate in the ancient history of this country full of Celtic magic.
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  • In comparison to the South West of Ireland the Wicklow can't keep absolutely National Park and was more of a hill with a trail for me... The trail has been very well maintained, all well signposted; but I personally was not really worthwhile there the last time.
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  • This park is open, wild and free. Go wander up the mountains. Explore the hills while kitted out properly. With good weather this is a great place. Some very remote areas. Do not leave valuables on display.
  • Great tourists location. Arrive early for parking especially the weekends. Takes a few hours to walk round the bottom lake. Couple of cafes at the top car park for a snack half way round. Take some pictures at the top lake. Other routes for the more adventurous available.
  • Very nice nature and interesting historical place. The only minus is crowd. I am not used to so many people in "mountains". You are not alone for more than 1 minute here on Saturday.
  • The garden of Ireland. Wonderful place if you like the outdoors! Weather can change quickly so be prepared. Good place for hiking, photography, or just to enjoy lakes and mountains.
  • The most beautiful place in the county titled the garden county for a reason. Only 40 minutes drive from the outskirts of Dublin City and you are in the heart of the wild wicklow mountains. I was recently up over lough Tay with a film crew as German Artist Jonathan Meese was recreating scenes from his favourite John Boorman film Zardos...also filmed around lough Tay. There is an endless variety of hill walking routes to discover. Also the second highest mountain outside of Kerry is in the range. Always bring a map and compass or GPS. The clouds can descend fast and can be very disorienting. Don't get lost and wear appropriate clothing.