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

Burton Hall Garden - Border
Burton Hall
Dublin 18, Dublin City
An oasis in the midst of a commercial hub, the fine old walled garden of 1731 Burton Hall has a new incarnation as a teaching garden and is part of the training and rehabilitation programme for Cluain Mhuire. There are lots of enjoyable thing ...
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Golf

Woodbrook Golf Club - Bray County Wicklow Ireland
Woodbrook Golf Club
Bray, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Woodbrook Golf Club is a Peter McEvoy designed championship parkland golf course. Playing 6,868 yards from the back markers to a par of 72 it is considered to be a place of great beauty, bounded by unrivalled views of the Irish Sea on one side an ...
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Wicklow Lighthouse
Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow Head Lighthouse has safeguarded and decorated the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781. It is a peace seeker’s haven with inspiring and refreshing views of the Irish Sea. The landscape and scenery surrounding the lighthouse provide a ...
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Aughrim Farmers Market - Co Wicklow - Saturdays
Aughrim Farmers Market - Saturdays 11am-2pm

Aughrim Park Pavillion, Aughrim, Co Wicklow

Contact: Caroline Dillon 086 086 5838
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Tourist Attractions

National Sea Life Centre - Bray County Wicklow Ireland
National Sea Life Centre
Bray, Co. Wicklow
The National Sea Life Centre Bray takes you on a journey of the deep...without getting wet! With fascinating marine and freshwater creatures, including Piranhas, Seahorses, and Ireland's largest collection of Sharks in over 30 spectacular display ...
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Wedding Venues

Rathsallagh House - Wedding Party
Rathsallagh House
Dunlavin, Co. Kildare
The O’Flynn family’s renowned 1798 country house is beautifully-located in 250 acres of lush parkland and gardens, on the western edge of the Wicklow Hills, only an hour’s drive south of Dublin. There are numerous old country ch ...
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