Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough

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Nestled in a picturesque location between two lakes, Glendalough Monastic Settlement offers a slice of the region's religious history. Founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century, the historical complex attracts hoards of day-trippers from Dublin, just an hour away. Much of the settlement's appeal lies in its scenic natural setting, its two pristine lakes ringed by dense woodlands, green pastures, and rugged tops of the nearby Wicklow Mountains. You can hike around the lakes, following a well-marked trail between the monastic ruins. Be sure to take a short break at the visitor center, which provides background information about the settlement through informative exhibits and brief video presentations. Add Glendalough Monastic Settlement and other attractions to your Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary using our Vale of Glendalough vacation planner.
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  • I used to come here when I was young and then stopped but when I got married and my wife is a keen photographer and artist we came up here a few years ago and have not stopped coming. it’s such a peac...  more »
  • You need good weather to be in the Wicklow mountains but on a good day you wont want to leave. It is free to stroll around all the historic parts that are signposted and explained on notices as you wa...  more »
  • I am A native of Ireland but this is my first time visiting this location. Shame on me. Very beautiful setting and great amenity for both tourists and locals alike. Offers an opportunity to get up clo...  more »
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  • WOW! What a beautiful and serene place. Wish I had had more time here! A lovely grouping of buildings, old church, tower, and cemetery, all nestled into what I'm told is one of the prettiest valleys in Ireland. What little I saw definitely would back this claim up!
  • We came here in August with Wild Wicklow tours (boy did we have fun). The Glendalough site was beautiful and historic. The hike to the lake was unexpected but just as beautiful. I may have enjoyed the hike more...
  • Wonderful to walk through these really old historic buildings. The walk to the upper lake seemed daunting at first, but it was quite manageable in the end. And such a lovely sight - it was well worth the walk!
  • Glendalough has been amazing. Wonderful strolls through the green forests, great view of the Lower and Upper Lakes and an outstanding Cappucino to warm up in the Hotel after.
  • Amazing place. Stunning history and lovely nature walks. Very well kept.