Europe, International

Exploring Ireland Solo – Glendalough

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.

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

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!)

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

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!

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Didn’t find any with 4 leaves…

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

Can’t beat that, right?

Ireland Road Trip Day Five - Due Midwest

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!


Tell me more, tell me more!

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.

Exploring Glendalough - Due Midwest

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  • Reply Micaela @MindfulMomma

    What a lovely trip! I did a solo trip to Europe in my 20’s and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself! Didn’t make it to Ireland though….it’s on the bucket list!

    April 19, 2017 at 5:15 PM
  • Reply Esha

    What a beautiful trip✨✨ Have to plan a trip there soon

    April 19, 2017 at 5:35 PM
  • Reply Steph

    Oh man, I adore how green it is! You have officially given me the travel bug. Love all the tips you provide! I have been doing some solo traveling myself, but only in the states…maybe I’ll have to give overseas a try!

    April 19, 2017 at 8:26 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      I’m glad you found some inspiration! I would recommend starting somewhere international that is safe and most people speak English. It takes a lot of the stress off the first international trip alone in my opinion!

      April 24, 2017 at 8:26 PM
  • Reply An Trieu

    ah, such beautiful nature views!

    April 20, 2017 at 12:52 AM
  • Reply Alissa Schrank

    Looks beautiful!

    April 20, 2017 at 2:59 AM
  • Reply Due Midwest - A Taste of Ireland Road Trip

    […] I spent the night in Glendalough so I did Powerscourt Estate and gardens first but since they are quite close together, you could do this in either order. Make your way over to the monastic settlement in Glendalough, nestled in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. If you are an avid hiker, I would definitely make sure to leave enough time in your schedule to properly walk around this beautiful national park. To see what I got up to in Glendalough, check out my post on it here. […]

    May 20, 2017 at 10:03 AM
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