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"Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley
"Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs""Leave Dublin by bus and embark on a full-day trip to Boyne Valley for a unique Celtic experience. Stop first in the County of Meath to explore the passage tombs at Loughcrew with your expert guide and view the 6000-year-old artistic stone carvings that hold considerable historical importance for Ireland. After a scenic drive through Ireland's beautiful countryside arrive in the old town of Trim. Where we will visit the famous Trim Castle the largest best-preserved and most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.Travel farther to one of the most sacred sites of ancient Ireland‚ the Hill of Tara. A thousand years ago
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Self-Guided Day Trip of Inishbofin Island and Connemara Coast from Galway
"Hop on the bus in the morning and depart central Galway city to Cleggan. Traveling through Connemara through Oughterard village then past the famous Quiet Man Bridge through Connemara's capital Clifden and on to the fishing village of Cleggan to catch the ferry at the pier.Then arrive in Cleggan and explore the village before making your way to the ferry and discovering the island time capsule that is Inishbofin. Punctuated by historical sites wild rugged landscapes the geology and natural history of the region are in a class of its own. Inis Bo Finne (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles (11 km) off Galway’s north-west coast. The island is five by three miles (4.8 km) long and the main activities on the island farming and fishing. There are five villages: West Quarter
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway
"Your full day guided tour departs from Galway you will then make your way to Connemara. A region which is famed for it’s natural beauty and landscapes. Listen to your expert driver/guide share there knowledge and the history of Connemara on your drive through the countryside. Climb off the c starring Richard Harris and John Hurt) and most recently Marley & Me (Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston).On your day trip you will be visiting Leenane Village this is a small mountain-side town which is full of Irish charm. This village was used for the setting for the film ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris and John Hurt. Your next stop will be in Killary Fjord this is Ireland’s only fjord which serves as the natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo.Your tour will then move onto Kylemore Abbey which is situated on a lake in the midst of the mountains. This abbey was originally built in the 19th century by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife
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An Old Settlement

If you're in Ireland,this Is another precious place to visit...This was an old settlement in the past and I was told Monks used to stay here and there were a couple of battles that took place right here but now it has been turned into a grave site. there is a Hiking route from here into the Mountain hills so you need some energy to take the routes but I reckon they're reasonably moderate.
The views AROUND this Valley are just Amazing.Its a must see..

It's advisable to take a guided tour so you can understand the rich history of this place.

Visit any Tourism Office in Dublin for more Info...

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Nov 10, 2016


In Dublin we took a wonderful tour with Paddywagon to Kilkenny, Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains and i can really recommend this. First we stopped in Glendalough where we had an hour or so to take a look at the visitors center, the old ruins and take a walk up to the lake where we also saw some deer. We then headed through beautiful countryside, passing by the area where Braveheart, the Vikings series and PS I Love You were filmed. We arrived at Kilkenny for a late lunch and were given 2 1/2 hours to explore the city. This city was won the award several times for being the most beautiful city in Ireland. The cost of the tour was around 25 euro, we were picked up at 8 am and arrived back at 6pm. The bus driver gave us excellent information along the route.

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Aug 02, 2015

Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains National Park

Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow and is an ancient monastic city dating back to the Middle Ages. It was discovered by St. Kevin, a hermit priest. Glendalough literally means "the valleys of two lakes", i.e. the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. When we were at Glendalough we visited only the Upper Lake where almost all visitors to Glendalough come to visit. We were told that the Lower Lake is not really well maintained, so most visitors will bypass the Lower Lake.

Both lakes of Glendalough are located within the area of Wicklow Mountains National Park which has a total area of approximately 200 square kilometers, reaching as far as the southern end of Dublin city. Wicklow Mountains National Park is only one of the six national parks in the Republic of Ireland. The national park was established only in 1991. There are several walking trails around both lakes of Glendalough. All begin at the information office near the Upper Lake. Visitors can also purchase maps of the walking trails from the information office.

The Upper Lake is incredibly beautiful it has to be said. You can stay there for hours and really admire and enjoy its beauty. Sadly we did not have time for that. The weather was also not so kind to us. Nevertheless we still enjoyed the quiet environment of the beautiful Upper Lake that day.

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Sep 18, 2013

Glendalough Monastic Settlement

St. Kevin established a monastery here in 600 AD. Most of the present buildings date from the 10th -12th centuries. The Round Tower was the first of many that we saw that has the door at least 10’ off the ground. The community would use a ladder to scramble up into the tower and then pull the ladder up after them.

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Apr 04, 2011
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This early Christian monastic site was founded by St Kevin during the 6th century. It is set in a glaciated valley with two lakes. At the visitor centre you can watch the interesting exhibition as well as an audio-visual show. The site remains inlcude a round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses.

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Nov 18, 2010


As we were driving, my sister saw a signpost for a coffee shop and we followed it. the road took us to Glandalough. This place is an early Christian monastic site founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. A very interesting place to visit.

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Oct 12, 2010

Natural Beauty near Dublin

There are lots of scenic areas within easy reach of Dublin so you could base yourself there and take a different direction each day as suggested above to places like Bray, Howth, Malahide, Greystones etc, all accessible by bus or DART (local train which hugs the coastline).
Inland, Glendalough is an area of great natural beauty in Co. Wicklow, not too far from Dublin. You could visit it on an organised day trip from Dublin or you could travel on the public bus ( stay overnight. There is one hotel ( several B&Bs and hostels in the area between Glendalough and Laragh(the nearest village).
More info at:
I live in Dublin and know Co.Wicklow quite well so feel free to get back to me if you need any clarification or further info.
All the best,
Anne Marie

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Feb 19, 2009

The Valley of two Lakes

Glendalough meanins Glen of Two Lakes and is a valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, The valley was formed during the last ice age by a glacier. Today it is best known for its amazing greenery and the renowned Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century.

This place is great for all kinds of outdoor activities, nature lovers and history buffs. The monastic site is nice, the old mines and town are even better, but that is not all this place has to offer.
There are many walking trails of varying difficulty around Glendalough. Within the valley itself there are nine walking trails maintained by Wicklow Mountains National Park (all from information office, maps available). Glendalough is also famous for its Rock climbing opportunities, if you enjoy this sport try the cliffs on the north-western side of the valley. It is fairly safe as there are a lot of climbers coming from all over Ireland.

This location is also a wonderfull family spot, with a lot of free space for the kids to run around, to play soccer or other outdoor games. Or simply to have a family picnic. Best way to spend quality time with your children! It is an amazing place with fresh water, green trees and beautiful views. If you are in Ireland this is a must - to - do spot!

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Have A Ice-Cream Cone

It's a bit difficult to look for a place to park your car during weekend as it's crowded with tourists as well as locals. There is a very nice grass field where u can lay there enjoying the sun and watch the children play. After your visit to the Glendalough Tower, turn right into an area where you can get some nice postcards. We got ourselves each an ice-cream cone from the ice-cream truck. We didnt go for the horsecart ride though.

Oct 23, 2008

a great daytrip from Dublin

Glendalough is an interesting place for a dayexcursion from Dublin with an old roundtower, the remains of an old monastery and church.
On my 1st photograph : St.Kevin's Kitchen is the name of this small stone-church founded by St.Kevin during the 6th century.It was of course never used as a kitchen, but with the small bell-tower on top of that little church, that was similar to a oven-chimney, people used to call it St.Kevin's kitchen.
Glendalough is also a place to see some celtic crosses, and the ruins of an old monastery at a scenic lake.
On my last photo : The round tower of Glendalough is one of the few round towers left over in Ireland and science still has problems to find out about the purpose of these towers.
In the hight of about 5 meters above the ground there is a door that could be blocked in case of enemies approaching.

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Jan 04, 2008

The Monastic settlement at Glendalough

Glendalough translates to 'valley of the 2 lakes'. It was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century and developed into quite an important religious site. Most of the buildings date between the 8th and 12th centuries. The Round tower is one of the best in the country (its cap was restored in the 1870's).

Nice hiking paths around the site, and you can even hike from Dublin on the Wicklow Way.

We arrived on Good Friday and the place was crowded with people. Being only about 40 miles from Dublin it is apparently a very popular day trip. There was a band playing and concessionaires selling various snacks around the edges.

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Apr 26, 2007

Glendalough, The Orange Walk

At the visitor's centre you can get a map containing several walks with different grades of distance and difficulty in the valley.
I did the orange one which is a good hike of 2 hours with stunning panorama's of the valley!

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Oct 06, 2005

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