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“Glendalough Walks”

Glendalough Guided Walks
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Owner description: Hi, I'm Martin Swords, and my Glendalough Guided Walks offers you an interesting guided walk 'n talk for about two hours through the beautiful Glendalough Monastic City and the Valley of the Two Lakes, fascinating, humorous, not too strenuous, no hills to climb,and a nice cuppa' at the Glendalough Hotel to finish
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Very nice walks, accessible to the less confident and energetic but scope for the fit also
Fairly well marked out
Extremely busy and popular - justifiably so

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We were very lucky to have met & experienced Martin's knowledge , attention to detail, wit & thoroughness. There were three of us & my knowledge of Irish history could fit on the head of a pin. As we competed for space with large bus tours, Martin made sure we had enough time throughout the site, the ruins , the sanctuaries , the settlement, graveyards, tower & the lakes. As we were all keen walkers we especially enjoyed the trails to the lakes & the story of St. Kevin & his retreat near the lake. He augmented his information with drawings & photographs to really make it all come to life! I highly recommend Martin's tour over others! We all sat around having a coffee afterwards...

2  Thank Selma S
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

(Pronounced Glen-da-lock not Glen-da-low)
Martin Swords was so lovely. This was our first stop on our trip through Ireland and what a great starting out point. Martin took us through the settlement, ruins , round tower and walks making it all come to life. Could not have imagined doing this without him. We learned about the celtic cross and the meaning behind it, why the church's were oriented in the direction they are, what is the significance of it is. And so many other things that was helpful through out our whole visit in Ireland. We walked to both lakes and to the area reportedly where St. Patrick slept while at the community. He was able to make accommodations for my mother (in her 80's )so that she enjoyed most of the walk, and was able to stop for some refreshments while we trudged on up the hill. He takes along a binder with additional illustrations and earlier pictures and drawings of the settlement. A really great couple of hours.
The kindest thing he did for us was to wait as our flight was significantly delayed, and our car rental took forever at the airport (tons of people in line at Dooley and no one in the other car rental lines) and he patiently waited until we all arrived and recommended we get a little refreshments at the inn at Glendalough, which was much appreciated and needed.
Would have loved to have taken him on the rest of the trip with us, he seemed like a part of the family.
If you are coming to Glendalough, you'll be missing out if you don't go with Martin Swords!!!!

1  Thank coolcookies
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Glenalough is itself a nice place to see - beautiful scenary, breathtaking nature - but becomes truely monastic and unforgettable due to Martins animated tour. He is a true storyteller who puts you back in the days of St Kevin and brings hem alive. An opportunity not to miss !

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Went on a walking tour of Glendalough with Martin in April this year. We got excellent weather & the place looked spectacular. We're from Dublin ourselves so would have had some background on the place but Martin gave a really interesting context to the Glendalough & its history. He's very knowledgeable on both the history of Glendalough & wider Irish history in general. An interesting character who gave a good laugh in addition to the historical tour. Would recommend the walking tour highly to anyone visiting - both Irish or international visitors to the area. Kevin 31/05/2014

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