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Loved by Saints and Pilgrims - Glendalough is now frequented by Tourists

The Valley of Two Lakes, Glendalough Birds Eye view
The biggest lake of the two lakes in Glendalough from above

Glendalough, meaning “Valley of the Two Lakes”, is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is home to an ancient monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. The monastic site has been well-preserved and remains one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors every year.

Glendalough, Round Tower, Ireland, Wicklow Mountains
The Ancient Round Tower of Glendalough

The monastic settlement at Glendalough consisted of several buildings, including a church, a round tower, and several other structures. The round tower, which still stands today, was used as a lookout post and a place of refuge during attacks. Visitors can also see the remains of St. Kevin’s Church, which was built in the 11th century and is one of the best examples of early Irish church architecture.

The valley of Glendalough is also home to a number of trails, including the popular Spink Loop Walk, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Visitors can also hike to the top of Camaderry Mountain for panoramic views of the surrounding area.

In addition to its historical significance, Glendalough is also known for its natural beauty. The valley is home to a number of streams, waterfalls, and two glacial lakes, Upper Lake and Lower Lake, which are surrounded by stunning mountains and forests. The area is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a range of activities including hiking, fishing, and bird watching.

Saint Kevin's Kitchen, Wicklow Mountains
Saint Kevin's Church - Also known as The Kitchen

Visitors to Glendalough can also take a guided tour of the monastic site and learn about the history and culture of Ireland. There is also a visitor centre on-site, which offers information on the area and its history, as well as a gift shop and a cafe.

Glendalough is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Irish history, culture, and nature. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a unique and beautiful place to visit, Glendalough has something to offer everyone. So pack your bags, grab your hiking boots, and head to Glendalough for an unforgettable journey through Ireland’s rich history and breathtaking natural beauty.

Glendalough has a number of hotels and Bed and Breakfast options scattered throughout it. Choose to stay in and around Glendalough no matter where you stay. I can guarantee, thanks to the Irish hospitality and the desire to always be accommodating, any option you choose in the area will be excellent value and worthy of your time and money.

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I am not sponsored by the Irish Government or any Travel Group, I simply have written this post as I enjoy travelling. Please do check out this blog for more independent travel ideas and my YouTube Channel. As always, videos can always be found on YouTube & Odysee. I use both as sadly YouTube is now censoring content whereas Odysee is for Free-Speech.

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Thank you - Alex van Terheyden


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