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. By using our Vale of Glendalough trip itinerary maker app , you can arrange your visit to Glendalough Monastic Settlement and other attractions in Vale of Glendalough.
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  • I have visited Glendalough on numerous occasions and always find it enjoyable. My most recent visit was on one of the first days of spring with our 9 year old son. We made use of some of the signed wa...  more »
  • We visited a couple of weeks ago. The roads were clear but there was still quite a lot of snow on the ground around these amazing old buildings. It was fascinating to think about the people who lives ...  more »
  • Having visited in the pouring rain last time, we said we must return. This time in sunny weather it was stunningly beautiful. The walk to the upper lake (about 20 min) is well worth it. Is a popular a...  more »
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  • Stunningly beautiful whatever the weather. Steeped in history and all that nature has to offer, a trip to Glendalough is an absolute must. A fantastic day out for all the family. Fantastic hikes and hillwalking for those looking for some adventure..and a very easily accessible boardwalk to the lake for those with buggies Or wheelchairs. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to some chips and a hot cuppa from the little food van or cafe near the upper lake.
  • Wow!!! The beauty of this site is incredible, though I recommend getting there as early as possible. We were there around ten a.m on a Friday in February, there were just a few other couples. By eleven, the tour buses started rolling in. Also, parking might be a challenge on a busy day.
  • Atmospheric and ancient Ireland. A beautiful place to visit and so interesting. We went with Collins Day tours and our guide was great. Learned all about the early Christians in Ireland. The scenery was beautiful even on a damp and dismal day. It lent the place an air of mystery with the hills and trees full of mist. The walk around the lakes is lovely and make sure you have appropriate footwear for trails. THERE ARE NO COFFEE, SNACK OR WATER VENDORS. This was surprising to us. The only place to get food or drink was in the sit down bistro at the hotel there. We just wanted a bottle of water or coffee to go and there was nothing like that for visitors. Take water with you. There is a penny mangle/squashed penny machine at the site outside of the hotel.
  • Extremely interesting place. Guides know what they are talking about and it is visually amazing. It also leads to a trail heading toward a little green lake and has some extremely beautiful views.
  • Amazing place, obviously with a ton of history. Interesting too see the defences against the Vikings, including the tower that’s still standing, complete with the roof and everything.

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