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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

Knockmore Garden - Enniskerry County Wicklow Ireland
Knockmore
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Below a small Palladian house looking out to Dublin Bay, lie steep stone terraces, built in the nineteenth century. Hundred year old trees give the three acre garden a romantic setting. Here are many unusual features: a ...
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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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Self Catering

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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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What's On

Marlay Park Food Market - Co Dublin - Saturday & Sunday
Marley Park Food Market - Saturday  10am-4pm & Sunday 11am-4pm

This picturesque location in Rathfarnham, overlooked by the historic 18th Century Marlay House and ...
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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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Wedding Venues

Wedding
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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