Residing in Ireland’s WicklowMountains National Park, the beguiling river valley village of Glendaloughis situated on the site of a 6th century monastic settlement. A popularheritage site on the Wicklow Way, Glendalough is particularlyrenowned for its combination of medieval architecture and outstanding naturalbeauty.
Glendalough isconsidered the perfect spot for a hiking holiday and is a particularly popularbase for exploring the nearby Wicklow Mountains. Butit’s not all about exploring on foot: you can head out horse riding, pedal alongone of the Wicklow Way’s cycling trails, seek out the village’s wildlife orsimply marvel at its 100 foot round tower.
History in GlendaloughGlendalough has asomewhat chequered but remarkable history. The monastic city founded here duringthe medieval period was mostly destroyed at the end of the 12thcentury, during an English siege. After this, the site became a pilgrimage spotand by the end of the 16th century it was re-established as thehistoric village that stands here today. The village’s medieval past is stillprevalent today. The ruins located here are considered some of the best inIreland.
Ancient Architecture in GlendaloughThe most significant monument in the village isknown as the ‘Gateway to Glendalough’, once the entranceto the monastic city that stood here. Its most striking monument, however, isthe 100 foot tall round tower that was created from a mixture of slate andgranite. The tower is an impressive feat of engineering given its age, and youcertainly won’t miss it.
Glendalough’s Abandoned Mining VillageTake a stroll along the sun-kissed shores of Glendalough’sUpper Lake and you will soon find yourself in an abandoned mining village,dating from the turn of the 19th century. Abandoned long ago, thevillage makes for a haunting visit, especially against the backdrop of theWicklow Mountains and the immense granite scree field left here by the miners.
Rock Climbing in GlendaloughWhile you may be here for a hiking holiday, CountyWicklow has a range other outdoor activities on offer, and rock climbingis particularly popular in Glendalough due to theimmense granite cliffs situated to the northwest of the valley. There areroutes suitable for everyone, as well as options for bouldering (low levelclimbing without a safety harness); so why not have a go?
Dining in GlendaloughAs you would expect from a small village, thedining opportunities here offer more hearty fare than posh nosh, but they aredelicious nevertheless. Grab a light bite or some pub grub and revitaliseyourself after a day in the mountains. If you’re dead set on a real restaurant,there are some a short drive away. You could even treat yourself to a snifterof Glendalough whiskey, straight from the localdistillery.
Enjoy GlendaloughWith all this on offer and more, don’t put it off –book your holiday break in the lush green village of Glendaloughtoday.