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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

Killruddery House and Gardens - Bray County Wicklow Ireland
Killruddery House & Gardens
Bray, Co. Wicklow
The venerable garden at Killruddery, beautifully situated on the flank of the Little Sugar Loaf, is a unique survivor of history. Edward de Brabazon commissioned a Monsieur Bonet, trained at Versailles, to create the formal gardens there in 1682. ...
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Golf

The 16th Fairway
Powerscourt Golf Club
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Just half an hour south of Dublin, set in breath taking surroundings of one of the finest estates in Europe, in the county known as the Garden of Ireland, Powerscourt is one of Ireland’s premier golfing centres. Comprising of 36 extremely c ...
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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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What's On

Cabinteely Park Market - Co Dublin - Sundays
Cabinteely Park -  Sundays - 10am-4pm

Cabinteely House is an 18th century Demesne house set in 45 hectares of Parkland. The Park boasts a great playground, extensive ...
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Tourist Attractions

Russborough House - Russborough House Wicklow - Blessington County Wicklow Ireland
Russborough House
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Russborough House is a palladian mansion built between 1740 and 1750 by Richard Castle that displays fine stucco ceilings by the Lafranchini brothers, marvellous plasterwork and a wonderful mahogany staircase and is often referred to as the most ...
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Wedding
Killashee House Hotel & Villa Spa
Naas, Co. Kildare
Set in 80 acres of gardens and woodland just outside Naas town, this hotel and wedding venues been developed around a Victorian building and has earned a reputation for  excellent weddings, which can range from relatively small parties of up ...
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