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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  • When in Wicklow county this has been on our to visit list and it did not dissapoint. The settlement is a short walk from the carpark, it was so peaceful just to walk around the old buildings taking it...  more »
  • Long road to run from Dublin. Once we arrived, it was not much to see as we do not walk. Some ruins and many old and slightly newer tombstones. There was a gift shop here, sweet and fresh.
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  • Only about an hour drive from Dublin lies the mystical monastic settlement of Glendalough. Perfectly suitable for explorers and the vagrancy. From the settlement, you can walk over two different paths to the two lakes. Very idyllic and we shoot beautiful photos. Would I recommend anyone who anyway is South of Dublin.
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