Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Village

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National Park Historic Walking Area
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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  • Beautiful drive. Covered corn alongside the road. Sheep tagged in pink and blue to show which they had bread with. Peaceful!  more »
  • Take time to hike around this gorgeous park. We did several trails including the green trail (boardwalk option is less traveled and more secluded), pink trail to the falls, and blue trail to the highl...  more »
  • A lot of people on this well laid out site. If you park in the parking lot of the visit (free) Center, you can walk to the Lake Superior by an arrow and very easy for a 20-minute walk. Around the Lake, large areas for picnics or the children to play. You can also access the Lake by car but parking is chargeable. To walk several circuits marked 2 to 11 km of various difficulties (plan to the visiting Center priced at 50 cents to€). Many remains to be discovered on the way to the Lake. We had considered a hike a little consistent, unfortunately the weather has not been with us. We have only the ride to Lake, nice and relatively sheltered. The site looks great
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing place! The view us wonderful! Definitely worth a visit. You can take the bus from Dublin and spend a day there.
  • 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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