Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village

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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Wicklow Mountains National Park and many more Vale of Glendalough attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • August 17, 2017
    We drive through Wicklow National Park on our road to Dublin. It was nice. The truth is that I was expected more but we didn't walk at all so it's very likely that we didn't see most of it.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is such a beauty it is hard to describe. Loved driving through the gaps and viewing "Guiness Lake" and the sheep munching away on the mountainside was such a bonus. A short drive from Dublin and ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Wicklow Mountains National Park is a must for everyone visiting Ireland or for someone who lives here. Visited this place several times in past 11 years and every day spend there is really enjoyable. ...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Great peace of nature. It is crossed by a walking trail (the Wicklow way). This path is probably the best way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and lakes of the area.
  • May 27, 2017
    Lovely walks to the Lakes. We only made it to the lower lake as I think you have to be fairly fit to get to the upper lake. No entrance fee. No onsite refreshment, but walk across the road to the hotel where there is a small cafe and ice cream.
  • June 27, 2017
    The Wicklow mountains provide amazing walks and scenery for all users of this natural environment. The views are spectacular and you will find lots of cyclists enjoying the challenging routes.
  • June 9, 2017
    Amazing place! The view us wonderful! Definitely worth a visit. You can take the bus from Dublin and spend a day there.
  • May 29, 2017
    Fantastic scenery with a vast number of walking routes and trails. Lakes, mountains, rivers, plenty of wildlife and sweet fresh air help make this a wonderful destination. In summer, waterside locations can be spoiled by hordes of tiny flies. The narrow roads can also become congested, such is the popularity of the area. Best to visit midweek. Bring a picnic and enjoy an al fresco meal in beautiful surroundings.

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Where to stay in Vale of Glendalough

Immerse yourself in the Vale of Glendalough's beautiful nature by spending a holiday at one of its picturesque guesthouses or bed and breakfasts. Most travelers come to this valley to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and local accommodations do their best to bring together nature and the comforts of home. There are a number of hotels in the town center. While you'll find more affordable options outside of town, you will probably need access to a car to easily get around the area. Hostels provide a place for backpackers on a budget seeking outdoor adventure.
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