Glendalough in a day | The perfect getaway
Posted on June 16, 2015
In case if you were wondering what to do these days when the sun is out: well, here’s one of our favourite suggestions!
This is what we recommend to do in Glendalough in a day:
Glendalough or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish means “The Valley of the two lakes” and is the perfect spot for both history buffs and hiking enthusiasts.
The village is situated about 80 minutes from the capital in a former glacial valley in County Wicklow. This early Christian ecclesiastical settlement was founded in the 6th Century AD, the remains of the monastery include the famous round tower, several decorated stone crosses and church ruins.
All in all, this is the place to go if you’re looking for the ultimate Irish day-trip!
If you’ve just arrived to the Emerald Isle through Dublin airport, your best bet is taking St. Kevins Bus Service departing from Dawson Street opposite the Mansion House every day at 11.30 a.m. Arrive 15 minutes in advance (the buses are stuffed on the weekends), buy tickets on the spot (€20 for a return journey, €12 one way), then sit back, relax and take in the lovely view!
The bus drops you off right in front of the Visitor Centre where you can purchase a handy ¢50 guide to all the hiking routes out there. The lovely staff will make sure to explain every single thing you dream of knowing. If history is your thing, go ahead and visit thevisitor centre which takes about an hour and costs between €1 and €3.
Marvel at the Cathedral, the Round Tower, or at St. Kevin’s Kitchen just to name a few! Spend a lovely hour hunting for the oldest stone cross or catch a glimpse of the fawns nearby. Be prepared to be taken on a time travel into the medieval legends of Irish history!
Almost all the trails lead directly to the Information Office situated at the entrance of the Upper Lake. This walk takes around 20 minutes, and at the end, you’ll be rewarded with some awesome picnic spots and football grounds!
Take the Military Road which is officially 70 minutes each way (you can do it in less!) and leads you to a whole different world! The ruins of a mining village are situated a couple metres from the end of the lake. This is a really easy walk, hardly any rise of elevation! Waterfalls wait for you at the end!
For where to stay, eat, send postcards etc. go to Glendalough.ie!
Have a great hike!
Article written by Dorottya Kiss, our Hungarian-born marketing intern currently on a work placement from her French university. She’s a big fan of Dublin and of everything Irish!