Glendalough Lakes Travel Guide

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    St. Kevin's Kitchen
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Glendalough Lakes Things to Do

  • THE PRIEST'S HOUSE

    On this small Romanesque building which has been reconstructed as much as possible, I noticed a decorative arch. The original purpose of the building is unknown, but it may have been used to house the relics of St. Kevin. It is known though, in the 18th and 19th centuries, it is where priests were brought to be readied for burial and also burying...

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  • PILGRIM PATHWAY - ST. KEVIN'S WAY / SLI...

    At Wicklow Gap near Glendalough, is where the 1000 year old pilgrim route know as St. Kevin's Way passes through the Wicklow mountain range. This route is one of the oldest pilgrim routes in Ireland.St Kevin's Way or Sli Chaoimhin is a pilgrim path which runs for 30kms through the beautiful Irish countryside from Hollywood to Glendalough.The path...

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  • THE PIED WAGTAIL

    I am not a professional bird watcher, but I do try and spot and take photos of them. In Glendalough I was lucky to photo two birds I hadn't seen before.My first was seen near the Glendalough Visitor centre. Known as a Pied Wagtail, this pretty black and white bird has similarities to the Willie Wagtail found in my home country of Australia,...

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  • THE CAHER

    A walk on the area mown by the fat sheep is where the archaeological monument, the "Caher" is found. It is a stone walled circular enclosure, measuring 20 meters in diameter. What is it? Nobody knows!Perhaps it's where those on a pilgrimage across the mountains to the remains of St. Kevin's monastery stopped here for prayers?Time of construction is...

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  • THE UPPER LAKE & SURROUNDS

    The Upper Lake is the end of my walking trail, and what a way to end it beside a beautiful glacial Lake.This is not the end of the historic sites, for St. Kevin's Cell, once a small bee-hive hut and now only a circle of base stones to mark its location on a rocky spur over the Upper Lake. The next two places can't be visited because it is unsafe....

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  • REEFERT CHURCH

    I came across Reefert Church near the Upper lake. The Church is pre-Norman, and is thought to date to the 11th century, probably being built before the main body of churches in the main settlement. It's known it dates from the time of the settlement when protection of the local chieftain was important for the stability of the settlement. Reefert is...

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  • NATIONAL PARK INFORMATION CENTRE

    My walk along Green road brought me to the Information Office of the National Park beside the Upper Lake car park at the Upper Lake, Glendalough. I was surprised to find this lovely cottage, was an Information centre. It was the home of a local forester before the area was transferred to the Park. I couldn't visit as we were here before opening...

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  • GREEN ROAD WALKING TRAIL

    This walking trail is a part of the Wicklow walking trail and is a very popular walk to do. It's an easy 3km walk that is beside the picturesque crystal clear stream that is Glendalough creek.I loved walking through the green forest, it was so quiet and peaceful! Along the way I stopped and took photos of the surrounding scenery, sometimes I caught...

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  • GLENDALOUGH VISITOR CENTRE

    There are two visitor centres in the park, this one is situated in quite a large newish stone building in Glendalough. It is known as the Glendalough Visitor Centre and is located adjacent to the Park and serves the Monastic City. The admission fee to the Visitor centre allows you to view and interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show,...

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  • TRINITY CHURCH

    The Trinity Church is part of the monastic settlements in the Glendalough Valley, although it's situated inside a stone walled enclosure away from the main cemetery and old buildings.The Church probably dates from the 12th Century and is another in ruins, although you can still see the shape of the church.The church consists of both a nave and...

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  • ST. KIERAN'S CHURCH

    St. Kieran's Church is the smallest of the surviving churches at Glendalough. This church, with coeval nave and chancel, was discovered beneath a mound of earth and stones in 1875. It's thought it was built to commemorate St Kieran, the founder of Clonmacnoise, who died around the middle of the 6th century. Clonmacnoise was a monastic settlement...

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  • ST. KEVIN'S KITCHEN / ST. KEVIN'S CHURCH

    St. Kevin's Kitchen is a nave-and-chancel church of the 12th century that has been completely restored and looks wonderful!Why was it called a kitchen when it was a church - Well people thought the nearby Round tower was a chimney to this building, but it wasn't a kitchen nor was any food cooked there. The building is built from overlapped stone...

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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

  • HOLLYWOOD

    We were on our way from Glendalough when we came to the small village of Hollywood at the end of the Wicklow Gap road. Hollywood is at the start or the end of the St. Kevin's pilgrim's pathway. It's and old village which has been made famous as it's been used for film sets.Dancing a Lughnasa starring Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon came to the...

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  • Hike the Wicklow Way

    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...

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Glendalough Lakes General

  • WALKING TRAILS

    If you haven't your own map and we didn't, then for me it was a "must" to check the maps to get an idea of where I was going to walk, the distance the time, and what there was to see.There is more than one walking trail here, actually nine, and lots are excellent longer walks with great scenery and views.A map of the Walking Trails is on sale at...

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  • CAR PARKING @ GLENDALOUGH LAKES

    There are a few options for parking at Glendalough lakes.We parked our car in the car park at the Visitor centre by the Monastic City for FREE. In May, there weren't many people here and plenty of car parks. From here we walked and looked around the monastic city, then my husband returned to the car and went to where I would come out at the Upper...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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