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“Great Ruins, Great Photo Ops”

Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Our touring group of 45 had a scheduled stop here. What a beautiful area with so much to photograph. Lots of people around so it's a little challenging to capture anything without a person in the shot. Overall, very enjoyable and worth a stop if in the area.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

The group took a day trip to wicklow national park and stumbled on to Glendalough town. We drove across old stone bridge. Then walk around the old tower, graveyard and church. We walk to lower lake taking trail not board walk (shorter 1.4 K and up hill). If you have a car drive to Wicklow National Park mountains then stop at this site. It is free worth time.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This place gets really crowded however there are wide paths to walk on. The graveyard and round tower are easily explored on foot. As there are many monastic ruins throughout Ireland this is close to Dublin and easy to find should you rent a car. A nice way to spend a few hours in the country side.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

I had been here back in 1981 when it was less commercialized, no visitor center (although not very obtrusive). A time when you felt the fairies all around and the Deerstone was attempted by all for good luck. But still, if you come before noon and the tour busses, there is a magic in the old monastic ruins and walking through the wildflowers and grasses, you get a sense of the solitary life these people felt compelled to live. Before you enter, there are a few handicraft stalls where prices are less than Dublin and selection is extremely varied. Musicians play as you walk along--we heard the most beautiful Celtic harpist. There is a hotel on-site that offers food.

Thank Suporto
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

We like to visit Glendalough. Such a beautiful place and surroundings. We especially like to take the walks through the surrounding area. This time we took the 3 mile walk out to the mines ruins. Well we thought the sign said 3 mile round trip. but after an hour or so it dawned on us that it was 3 miles out and 3 miles back. It was a beautiful hike past the upper and lower lakes and up the large glen to the remains of the mine community that was once there. It is spectacular and well worth the time and effort.

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