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.

Gardens

Knockrose Garden - The Scalp Kilternan Dublin 18 Ireland
Knockrose Garden
Dublin 18, Dublin City
Knockrose is situated 500 feet above sea level nestling on the shoulder of The Scalp, a geological feature formed by the melting waters of a glacier. Tom and Trish Farrell are the owners and custodians of this beautifully cultivated unique garden ...
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Golf

Arklow Golf Club - Arklow County Wicklow Ireland
Arklow Golf Club
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Links
Arklow Golf Club was formed in 1927 and is an 18 hole par 69 Links is a traditional designed course and offers all levels of golfer the opportunity to test their skills to the fullest. Sand warrens, bunkers and large links greens ensure that vis ...
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Avon Ri Blessington Resort
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
For centuries, the hill where Avon Rí is now located looked out over a valley created by the Liffey and King's River. Avon Rí has taken its name from the latter and now looks out of the Blessington Lakes – a reservoir created ...
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Naas Farmers Market - County Kildare
Naas Market

Beside Trax Brasserie, Friary Lane, Naas, County Kildare

Saturdays 10am - 3 pm

Contact: Siobhan Poppelwell - 087 608 0119; siobhanpoppelwell@ireland.c ...
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Tourist Attractions

Glendalough - County Wicklow Ireland
Glendalough
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Glendalough is a glacial valley within Wicklow National Park that contains two lakes and is famous for its early Christian ecclesiastical settlement that was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Remains include a round tower, stone churches a ...
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Wedding Venues

Lisnavagh House - Wedding Marquee
Lisnavagh House & Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow
Lisnavagh House is a Gothic revival mansion on a stunning 800 acre private estate just 45 miles south of Dublin on the borders of counties Carlow and Wicklow. Atmospheric and unique, Lisnavagh has been a family home for eleven generations. Its ...
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