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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  • Glendalough is a national treasure, located in the wicklow mountains the valley draws you in with its lush green sides. what lies within is a beautiful historical settlement where Monks lived in years...  more »
  • Those who know Ireland will know that cemeteries have a special halo by the places where and the age of their tombs. This site in particular is a small place in semi ruins, is located at the beginning of the entrance to the Valley next to the car park and passing to the Lakes
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  • The heart of Ireland, a lesson of Irish history. While there, if only just for a short stop-over, do not miss the hike around the lakes! The Visitor's centre is proper and informative, coffee and cake...  more »