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, justĀ 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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  • What a wonderful experience we had during our visit to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough. The history and stories of the settlement were very interesting. The vistas were inspirational as well as ...  more »
  • This is truly a beautiful place and well worth a visit. Its no wonder St Kevin set up a monastic settlement there.  more »
  • Seem this was an ancient retreat for the religious orders a long time ago. Great place to learn about Saint Bridget, Celtic Crosses and the like. The ruins are just that...ruins. The walk to the "lake...  more »