Glendalough, Ireland – Photo Essay

Glendalough or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish means “glen of two lakes”, and we had it on pretty good advice that this was a must see for our time in Ireland. Nestled in a picturesque valley in County Wicklow, Gleann Dá Loch does not disappoint!

The Early Medieval monastic settlement was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin (Caoimhín), a hermit priest, who went to the valley for solitude. Those seeking his teaching soon followed and the settlement grew. In 1398 English forces left it a ruin but it continued as a church of local importance and a place of pilgrimage.

The buildings that remain today date from between the 10th and 12th centuries.

The national park area surrounding the settlement offers hours of exploring with well-marked walking trails for all fitness levels.

Being winter, we were able to enjoy this amazing place with just a handful of others, and truly soak up the ageless atmosphere, but this destination is one that requires four season, so I think we’ll be back.

Enjoy, Glendalough

 

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6 thoughts on “Glendalough, Ireland – Photo Essay

  1. Thankyou! Thankyou!!! Wonderful Glendalough .. I am so glad you have enjoyed it – it is an amazing place -so atmospheric and beautiful. Do go back it is such a special sacred place …. Hope your Ireland Christmas was a lovely and happy as ours. Aunt Patricia 000

    • Glendalough was very special – sacred is the right word, and I think our winter visit, with very few others really enhanced that. Our Christmas was lovely, thank you – Santa found our street with no problems, and we all skyped home, so everyone felt close. Love to you and Uncle Geoffrey. xx

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