Glendalough Lakes Travel Guide

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Glendalough Lakes Things to Do

  • BRAVEHEART, THE VIKINGS, & PS, I LOVE...

    The movie Braveheart, the series The Vikings and the movie P.S., I Love You were all partly filmed near Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains towards the Wicklow Gap. Apparently Ireland was a better place to film Braveheart starring Mel Gibson than Scotland. In the series The Vikings you can also see the area where part of it was filmed. Although i...

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  • WICKLOW MOUNTAINS --- OTTER

    The otter has two names in Irish---Madra Uisce / Dobharcú which mean water dog or hound and can grow up to 120 cms in length. They are strong swimmers, living along the riverbanks and edge of the lake and were probably native to Ireland since the ice age. They are solitary animals that have their own territory by the water, living in burrows called...

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  • WICKLOW MOUNTAINS --- MINK

    The American mink was introduced to Ireland for the fur trade but of course over the years some escaped and now they live in the wild all over Ireland. Mink are solitary animals, the male weighing up to 1.3 kgs and 70 cm in length. Unfortunately the mink is regarded as a pest as they have a negative effect fish stocks and waterfowl.

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  • WICKLOW MOUNTAINS --- THE BADGER

    Many badgers live in the park but it is extremely unlikely that you will see one as they are strictly nocturnal. Badgers were probably native to Ireland and live in family groups in underground tunnels called a sett. Male badgers can weigh up to 17 kgs and have five powerful claws on each foot that are used for digging their burrows. Up to 20...

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  • WICKLOW MOUNTAINS --- FERAL GOAT

    In the mountains you may spot a feral goat, which is a domestic animal which has been returned to the wild. Goats were introduced to Ireland 4,000 years ago and were valued for their hide, milk, meat and hair. To spot one you really must hike to the more remote parts of the park.

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  • WICKLOW MOUNTAINS --- THE RED FOX

    In the park you may be lucky enough to spot a red fox who is basically a forager and hunter. Foxes normally live 4-5 years but sometimes they reach 10 years old. The fox has been in Ireland for more than 5,000 years but many were brought here in the 18th and 19th centuries for the fur trade. Each year around 30,000 foxes are killed by hunters but...

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  • WICKLOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK...

    The information office is a small house next to the car park between the two lakes at Glendalough. If you are coming by car there is a 4 euro charge at the car park. Toilets are also available by the car park. The information center can arrange guided tours and has many interesting guidebooks for sale, and offers hands on information. The park is...

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  • STUDY THE MAPS

    At Glendalough there is no shortage of information boards which show hiking trails, maps of the glen and surrounding countryside, and of course the layout of the monastic site. Best to take a quick look and decide which areas or walks that interest you the most.

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  • DEER-SPOTTING

    While hiking along the various trails at Glendalough there is a good chance that deer will be spotted. Normally deer are a little skittish and will run away if you get to close but the ones that we saw were grazing within 10 m of us and did not seem to be bothered by our presence.

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  • EXPLORE THE CEMETERY

    St. Kevin's Cemetery is still in use today and most of the headstones are in good condition. Quite a few of the graves are marked with a Celtic cross and most of the headstones are old. In certain areas there are natural stones which mark mass graves for victims of the potato famine.

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  • BEAUTIFUL RHODODENDRON

    While exploring Glendalough monastic site don't forget to keep your eyes open for the rhododendron flowers as they are very beautiful. There are some nearby the Glendalough Hotel and others between the two lakes. There are over 1,000 different species of the bush or tree.

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  • ANCIENT STONE FORT

    The oldest structure at the monastic site is probably the Caher, an old stone fort which was circular with stone walls 3 m thick and 20 m in diameter. This is located between the two lakes. The walls were for protection for the pilgrims who passed by. Nobody is quite sure when the caher was built but there are a number of similar ones around the...

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  • WELL ORGANISED WALKING TRAILS

    Unfortunately on our coach tour we were only allowed a little less than 90 minutes here. The coach parked at Glendalough Hotel but if you walk across the small river at the back of the hotel you will come to a surfaced path and from there you can hike up to the two lakes. There are actually 9 trails in the Glendalough Valley, all starting by the...

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  • THE OLD STONE WALLS

    The stone walls around the settlement of Glendalough were constructed without cement back in those days. Nowadays moss and other weeds grow on them but i am not exactly sure the dates of these walls, but they certainly look old.

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  • A MAGNIFICENT MONASTIC SITE FROM 10TH...

    This magnificent monastic settlement was our first stop on a day tour from Dublin and it was well worth visiting. “Gleann da locha" or Glendalough means the glen of two lakes, where the extensive monastic ruins are located in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. St. Kevin founded the site near the lower lake in the 6th century but most of the buildings...

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Glendalough Lakes Restaurants

  • SOME TASTY SNACKS

    When on a day tour with Paddywagon our first stop was at Glendalough Hotel where our coach parked, and after exploring the lakes and visitors center there was still time to grab a snack at the hotel's snack bar. Drinks, sandwiches, cakes and other food was on offer. I just had a coffee and ham sandwich which was very good.

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  • Not as such...

    There is no actual restaurant in Glendalough itself. The only options open to you are the chip shop in the car park by the Upper Lake or the local hotel/pub. Alternatively, you could stop in the nearby village of Laragh to fill up.

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  • Great Sandwiches and Soup!

    An Irish pub where they have great soup, Irish stew and sandwiches; especially when you have been out and about for the whole morning... It was great!No, I can't say too much here. It was just pub grub, really, but it was really good...

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Glendalough Lakes Nightlife

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    No such thing!

    by orlikins Updated Jan 22, 2007

    There is a hotel nearby with a bar, but that is basically it.

    Nobody comes to Glendalough for the nightlife, I can assure you.

    The only alternative is to go to a nearby village like Laragh or Roundwood for a few pints. As Glendalough is a protected nature reserve, there is no actual bar on the grounds. Besides, there are signs up saying you cannot drink alcohol on the grounds anyway.

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Glendalough Lakes Transportation

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    By bus

    by js77 Written Jul 26, 2007

    If you have your own car then everything is ok. But if not... Surprisingly there are no buses of state runed company Bus Eireann to Glendalough. It is very weird because the amount of people visitng this place is pretty big. So, the only option to come here by bus from Dublin is to go by bus from private company St. Kevin Bus. For timetables and prices check their website http://www.glendaloughbus.com/. There is no way to get to Glendalough from nearby Wicklow. I suppose you can also go with some tour group, but that was not the case for me.

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Glendalough Lakes Local Customs

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    Legends of St. Kevin

    by pure1942 Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Kevin as a person was somewhat eccentric and reclusive to say the least and there are many legends and myths surrounding the saint. One legend says that St. Kevin lived to the ripe old age of 120!
    The most famous legend surrounding St. Kevin is based around the story that one day , when Kevin was at prayer, a blackbird landed on his hand and laid an egg in the oalm of his outstretched hand. Kevin is said to have remained frozen in position until the egg hatched. There is a stone sculpture inspired by this legend near the location of St. Kevin's Cell close to the Upper Lake.

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Glendalough Lakes Warnings and Dangers

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    You Will Fall in Love...

    by ciaobellamici Written Jan 5, 2011

    with this place! The pace is slow, the scenery outstanding and you will wish to wander through the Wicklow Mountains and just breath...

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Glendalough Lakes Tourist Traps

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    Only one

    by orlikins Written Jan 22, 2007

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    There is a disgustingly tacky tourist stall at the entrance of the park down by the hotel, but noone is forcing you to buy anything there after all.

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Glendalough Lakes Off The Beaten Path

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    Hike the Wicklow Way

    by ciaobellamici Written Mar 30, 2010

    I love this area, where you can walk out your B and B door and join a centuries-old tradition of walking along the Wicklow Way. Even the name congures up visions of travelers moving from region to region in the only method available. Prior to this trip, when I would teach of the exodus during Great Potatoe Famine, I had no visual aid to use to provide a setting for my students. As I wandered one morning along the paths, I could easily imagine families watching a loved one set out on their journey to America.
    The paths alternately follow roads, cause you to climb steep hills and come upon residental areas near villages. At one point I was walking through a backyard, it seemed! The early morning cleared to allow me to see the hills beyond the village and imagine that I was traveling over those hills to the set of hills on the way to Dublin.

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