Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Glendalough (Gleann Dá Locha in Irish, meaning "the glen of two lakes") is a village located at the site of a monastery located high in the mountains of County Wicklow. It was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest, and destroyed in 1398 by English troops.

Glendalough has earned its reputation as the most popular place for visitors in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. ‘The valley of the two lakes’ is famous for its wild beauty, its
rich spiritual history and its many archaeological sites. It’s an area steeped in history and atmosphere, with wonderful mountain walks, woodland trails and lakeside rambles. Dotted around the valley’s twin lakes are a profusion of archaeological sites of interest including a stone caher, a
number of early Christian monastic churches, a round tower and a medieval cathedral.

There are many good local walks, of varying difficulty, to be made around Glendalough. Within the valley itself there are nine colour-coded walking trails maintained by Wicklow Mountains National Park. They all begin at the Information Office at the Upper Lake where maps are available to purchase.

Glendalough's granite cliffs, situated on the hillside above the north-western end of the valley, have been a popular rock-climbing location since the first climbs were established in 1948. The current guidebook, published in 1993, lists about 110 routes, at all grades up to E5/6a, though several more climbs, mainly in the high grades, have been recorded since then.

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Knockanree Garden -  Avoca County Wicklow Ireland
Knockanree
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
The garden at Kockanree reflects its creator Harold Clarke’s idea that one should never know what to expect around the next corner. And indeed it full of surprises, from the ‘Moonstone,’ a giant orb of granite like a miniature p ...
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Golf

The 3rd Hole
European Club, The
Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Links
The European Club was formed and designed by renowned Irish designer Pat Ruddy. It swiftly became recognised for the level of quality that awaits on the course and has received countless votes of confidence from the international golfing press. R ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
The Cottage
A 200 year old cottage on a farm high in the Dublin Mountains, with dramatic views over the city and bay, beautifully restored to provide a relaxing alternative to big city bustle.
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BrookLodge Farmers Market - County Wicklow
Brooklodge Farmers Market

BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin village, County Wicklow

Organic food markets, held on the first Sunday of the month, noon-5pm (April - October).

M ...
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Tourist Attractions

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre - Dalkey County Dublin Ireland
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Dalkey, Co. Dublin
During your visit guides will assist you to explore the early Church & Graveyard, dedicated to St Begnet. You can examine the features of the fortified town house/castle: barrel vaulted ceiling, machicolation, murder hole, garderobe, warder's ...
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Roundwood Inn
Roundwood, Co. Wicklow
Jurgen and Aine Schwalm’s 17th century inn in the highest village in the Wicklow Hills has a style that is all its own, and a dedicated band of followers who love everything about it: the public bar with its own snug and open fire, the stur ...
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