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christl3 christl3
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Day trip to Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland Feb 23, 2011
If i could suggest one worthwhile trip to do for a day if staying in Dublin is to go to Glendalough. It is a cultural heritage sight about an hour by bus outside of Dublin. It has a beautiful ancient roundtower surrounded by a tranquil graveyard which leads to a gorgeous lakeside walk in a place surrounded by mountains and wildlife. It is a perfect glimpse into the Irish countryside. It has a hostel, a hotel and a shop (about a 20 minute walk down the road). The bus (st. Kevin's bus) costs about 20euro return but it is well worth it.

I am suggesting Glendalough for a quiet day out because i will admit there is no great nightlife or noise at all down there but it is beautiful and one of the most well preserved heritage spots in Ireland and undoubtedly my favourite place in Ireland.
The round tower of which i spoke
The age-old tombstones
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keithmaguire keithmag…
14 reviews
Glendalough Jun 16, 2008
Glendalough consists of parkland, two lakes and monastic ruins and is situated in County Wicklow, Ireland. What remains is the ruins of the monastery, a graveyard, a cill (chapel) and a 33 metre tall round tower. The ruins date back to the 6th century and despite the destruction by English soliders in 1398 much remains intact such as the cill and round tower. Round towers are quite common throughout Ireland, especially at monastic sites as they were used by monks to protect themselves and precious materials and pieces of art from Viking raids. The round tower is the main attraction among the ruins but the ornate Celtic High Crosses in the graveyard also draw many admirers. There is also a table mountain by the lower lake. It is one of the very few table mountains in Ireland.

Not far from the ruins is the lower lake and beyond that is the more impressive upper lake which lies between two mountains. Saint Kevin, the founder of the monastery, chose this location because of its isolation and tranquility. The valley was formed by a glacier during the ice age and has many interesting topographical features. The surrounding mountains offer great views of the area and are good for hill walking, hiking and rock climbing. The parkland is large but relatively easy to navigate as many other points of interest lie close to the lake. The Poulanass River lies uphill between the two lakes and has a small but beautiful waterfall.

Glendalough is very popular with foreign and domestic tourists as well as people from Wicklow and South Dublin so at times it seem crowded but this is because many people stick to the monastery area and the open parkland between the two lakes. The area is huge and after a little bit of a walk you can escape from the throngs and enjoy and appreciate the peace that attracted Saint Kevin to the area. Also walking into the hills, especially around Poulanass can allow you to see parkland which is typical of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains. Deciduous forests and babbling brooks abound. Also there are view points in the trails that lead into the hills that offer sweeping views of the upper lake and surrounding areas.

Glendalough has picnic areas too but there is a small village nearby two with shops and basic restaurants.

Glendalough is an easy daytrip from Dublin and many tourists enjoy escaping the activity of the city in favour of some peace and quiet. If you have time while in Dublin or anywhere else in Ireland it is an advisable visit. It is a very popular sight with tourists and locals alike and even if you only have a short time in Dublin it is a good idea to get out of the city and see some of the scenery that Ireland is famous for. Glendalough is an historical, cultural and natural site so it offers a great deal.

Many coach companies off daytrips to Glendalough from Dublin city centre. Shop around because prices can be expensive, though at least entry to Glendalough is free, you only need to pay for your journey. Glendalough is not accessible by public transport. It is an easy daytrip from Dublin and only takes a few hours. Many coach companies offer longer tours of Wicklow to places such as Powerscourt and the Sugar Loaf but some offer trips just to Glendalough if you do not want to leave the city for a long and potentially tiring day.

One good thing about Glendalough, given the unreliable Irish weather, is that it is usually impressive in any light or conditions. It can be pretty and tranquil in warm sunshine or gloomy and mystical in grey gloom. If the weather is bad you will need an umbrella and sensible shoes to enjoy the area. Remember that Irish weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains so it is better to be safe than sorry. If you do not want to be lumbered with a gold umbrella and boots walking around Glendalough then you can leave them on your coach.
The Upper Lake Of Glendalough
The Round Tower
Looking Up
Celtic High Cross
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fyrefly fyrefly
27 reviews
Day trip to Glendalough May 29, 2008
My brother and I booked a day tour with Unplugged Tours when we went to Dublin. It took us through the Wicklow Mountains and we stopped at Glendalough (Irish for "valley of the two lakes"). It had ruins of an old monastery, and some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen.

If you are spending time in Dublin, find a tour that goes to Glendalough.

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