Beyond Glendalough’s Monastic City


The monastic city of Glendalough, just south of Dublin, is popular with tourists for its wonderful restored round tower, church, and picturesque views. But few tourists take the time to wander beyond the once bustling settlement and into the beautiful valley of the two lakes.

Along the Green Walk boardwalk at Glendalough, County Wicklow. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com

Along the Green Walk boardwalk at Glendalough

In the Glendalough Valley are 9 marked walks of varying difficulty. At the very least visitors should meander along the Green Walk, which circles the lower lake and includes a wooded boardwalk with wonderful meadow views. This easy walk will take only an hour of your time but leave you with such a feeling of peace and tranquility.

Other walks around Glendalough include waterfalls, picturesque streams, and lovely climbs which overlook the Wicklow Mountains.

Ruins of St Kevin's Cell, high in the Wicklow valley. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com

The remains of St. Kevin’s Cell. This was once a small stone ‘beehive’ hut where St. Kevin would find sanctuary, seclusion, and peace to fulfill his desire to live as a hermit. St. Kevin is said to have spent 4 years in this hut before his followers persuaded him to return to the monastic village below.

Learn more:

Main Website: Wicklow Mountians National Park -Walking Trails of Glendalough

Ireland Family Vacations: Wonderful Glendalough Walks for Families

 

Written by Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted

Jody publishes the Ireland travel planning website, Ireland Family Vacations. Her travel philosophy is, “just because you have kids, doesn’t mean you have to stay home!” A frequent traveler to Ireland, Jody helps families plan travel budgets and itineraries that are fun for kids and adults. Jody’s Tips | Website

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