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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  • Being a stunning day we would go hard (and then go home). We headed to the jewel in Wicklow's crown, the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The drive was outstanding - amazing day for photography with a...  more »
  • Beautiful time spent in Wicklow Mountains National Park, views are amazing,best to go when it's sunny, on the top of the mountains very cloudy and dark were you feel like in scary movie.Great trip for...  more »
  • Decided to drive into the park from carlow. beatiful autumn day, stunning colours. this is what you expect as the true ireland 
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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.