Glendalough

Glendalough

Just a 10 minute drive from your glamping caravan you can discover the magnificent beauty, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife of Glendalough or Gleann Dá Loch, meaning the valley of the two lakes.

Glendalough is home to the remarkable remains of an early Christian monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Kevin was born into a noble family but renounced a life of privilege for one of prayer amid birds and animals in Glendalough’s remote, glaciated valley.

Living as a hermit in the cave above the Upper Lake, the saint attracted followers and in time a major monastic city grew up. The ‘City’ consists of a number of monastic remains, and the most impressive being the Round Tower which stands 30m high.

Displays in today’s visitor centre adjacent to ruins tell of its learning and reputation with an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show.
The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has an excellent selection of nine way marked routes from easy to difficult with the shortest distance being a few kilometres and the longest 11 kilometres.

Follow the pilgrims’ footsteps, climb the steep wooded slopes, explore the ruins of miner’s village and discover the refreshing tranquillity that drew St. Kevin.  Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.

  • Glamping top tip

    Why not start your day in Glendalough with a traditional Irish Breakfast at The Wicklow Heather Restaurant or for tasty homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and the best coffee and scones around try Glendalough Green.