My last stop on my Ireland road trip was Glendalough. Nestled in the Wicklow mountains, Glendalough is a small town rich in history with the most famous site being the “Monastic City”. The monastic site dates back to the 6th century, comprised of several structures with the most impressive being the round tower which stands 30m high! For more information on the different structures in the Monastic City, check out the website here.
Make sure to head across the bridge to get a great view of the Monastic city and the round tower together (bonus of having the river in it!)
From the Monastic city, there are several hiking trails which lead you all around the national park. Since I came near the end of the day, I didn’t get a chance to take advantage of any of these. I would definitely love to come back here and just hike around! I did have time before the sun set to walk the green trail which leads you from the Monastic city to the upper lake. I would say the walk took me about 45 minutes round trip with time factored in for all the photos I took :). The walk takes you through beautiful old forests, past the lower lake and the view you are rewarded with at the upper lake is spectacular! Take a look below!
Didn’t find any with 4 leaves…
Can’t beat that, right?
I did pop into a little shop in the town and picked up a bottle of Glendalough Whiskey for my dad! Insider tip, although it was really cool to buy the Glendalough whiskey in Glendalough, I found it for almost 1/2 the price at the duty free in the airport. More on that in a later post…
I hope you enjoyed my little jaunt around Glendalough and stayed tuned for my full 6 day road trip itinerary!
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Parking: There are a couple parking lots here: one at the visitor’s center and one at the upper lake.
Trails: There are several trails that head into the Wicklow Mountain National Park from here. Check out a full map of the trails here.
Cost: The national park is all free including the monastic city. The only charge is about 4 euros for parking in one of the lots.