The 6th century monastic site of Glendalough is an amazing place and well worth a visit. The site itself is free, including parking, although there is a museum onsite for a small fee.
After parking, you can proceed to either the paths to the lakes through the hills (which also has a side path to the monastic site) or directly to the monastic site through an archway near the hotel and bus parking area.
The site itself is beautiful and well maintained and includes many 6th century buildings and the large circular tower which Glendalough is known for. If you have time, also take the walk to the lakes. I believe the sign said it was about 1.6 kilometers from the monastic site, but well worth the walk to see the lake nestled between the two hills.
This is a great place to visit and a key places which I like to take visiting guests while in Ireland.
Glendalough is once of those places that makes you wonder if you are awake or just dreaming. It is that beautiful.
The name means the Glen of two Lakes. It is also one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland and was founded in the 6th century.
It is a nice place to stroll on the foot paths or hike amongst the trees. I saw backpackers walking through there and I can imagine that camping would be nice if you don't get too soaked from the rain.
There is the Glendalough Hotel right there or more B & B's in the Wicklow Mountains if camping isn't your thing.
It is located inside the Wicklow Mountains National Park and it isn't too far from Dublin.
For your listening pleasure here is "Among the Leaves" by Sun Kil Moon:
Great place to go on a sunny day. Went on a hike around the lake, up the mountain, the views are amazing.
If you like the outdoors this is a good place to come. A bit dependent on the weather though, it would not have been half as much fun in the rain.
And the best part, its all free!
I love visiting Glendalough. Not for the monastic buildings, but for the scenery and hikes.
The Spink Loop is what I normally hike. On one occasion recently though we arrived into Glendalough from the Shay Elliot Recreation area near the Glenmalure valley over the peak of Mullacor and down into Glendalough via the Spink ridge. You need two cars for this, one at each end. But it's well worth it and gives you some new amazing scenery to view.
The Spink Loop is a good hike, 9KM with tough up hills. But there are good railway sleeper paths as well as regular paths. Fairplay to the National Parks & Wildlife Services for the maintained pathways here.
The first carpark is free, but will make your walk longer. The second carpark will cost you 4 EUR in exact change.
Surrounded by acres of gorgeous woodland, the monastic site of St. Kevin is a wonderful place to visit.
A stroll in the quiet serene woodlands is a real lift to the spirits and the misty lakes add to the mystical feel of the place.
The ruins and bell tower are definitely worth visiting too with their fascinating history
We recently had visitors in Dublin who wanted to really see Wicklow. We did a couple of days in Wicklow, but our favorite was Glendalough. We took a bus (St. Kevin's Wicklow Tours) to Glendalough which drops you off at the park and picks you up 4-5 hours later. It's the perfect amount of time to do a quick hike and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley and the ruins of St. Kevin's monastery.
This is one of the first places I saw when I came to Dublin and it took my breath away. The day I saw it was misty and there was a boy playing a flute a little way in the forest and for all the world I felt like I was in a faerie glen. St. Kevin's monastic site is here and the ruins are impeccable. You can walk around the site and touch the stones and there are ghost stories too - which are very easy to believe. The surrounding nature is breathtaking with a crystal clear lake and the oak woodland are beautiful. There is a lovely hotel here in which you can have tea and cake or a lunch and this is a brilliant afternoon out for the kids or romantic spot for couples to visit.
what a wonderful place - even for an Irishman to escape to. They say we all feel insignificant when confronted with Nature in majesty and this has it all... towering blue-cliffsides falling onto a blue lake reflecting clouds that sweep past, changing the light. Stand at the water's edge and allow yourself to be carried into the scene, its a place that you can hold onto in memory for later, for perhaps troubled times, when you may need calm and tranquility. And to wonder at the monks who settled there, knowing that you see today what they saw centuries back in time. Even better in the rain, when you're wet and the smell of the damp forest permeates your senses. And only an hour from the bustle of the city.....
on a good day this a lovely day out for family or someone who likes climbing.
i was in glendalough a few years back and i have to say, its breathtaking to look at.