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'll always be grateful to the friends who took us to visit the Valley of Glendalough, in Wicklow County. After parking the car, we walked through a nice grove until arriving at Monastic City and the ...  more »
  • This is an amazing place located 1:30 hour from Dublin. You can get there by bus (way back from St Stephen's Green : 20€). To do, without any doubt. Different paths around the two lakes and within the...  more »
  • A nice historical complex, located in a stunning natural environment, with several well marked paths, around the Lakes. The road to reach the complex starting from Dublin
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