The beauty and wonder of Glendalough, Ireland

July 6th, 2014 | by Annie
The beauty and wonder of Glendalough, Ireland

Just back from our East Coast road trip and it was time to journey back to the magic Emerald Isle…


This beautiful location just outside of modern day Dublin has for thousands of years been a popular tourist destination. Glendalough, which literally means ‘glen of two lakes‘ (valley of two lakes) is noted for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and endless amount of wildlife. Many find that Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park is at once visceral and a calming place.IMG_0895

Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. St Kevin’s Church is commonly known as St Kevin’s Kitchen. Here you will find the barrel-vaulted chapel made of rock (hard mica schist) along with a steep roof and a round tower belfry(the roof itself is long gone) from the 12th century.IMG_0903

I highly recommend that if you find yourself anywhere in Ireland and especially after a night in Dublin’s Temple Bar, you should make every effort to tour this gorgeous part of the country. To book a tour of the Monastic Site – contact the Glendalough Visitor Center on +353 (0) 404 45325/45352.  Please note that bookings are only taken by telephone or fax – not by e-mail. Or you can Visit for details about hotel accommodations and how to get here.IMG_0897

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