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A Great day Out
Member Name: Trixi
Date: 10/01/01, updated on 11/01/01 (140 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful scenery & interesting
Disadvantages: Can be too busy in tourist season
Glendalough is situated in the Valley of the Wicklow mountains but is less than an hour away from Dublin (if my memory serves me right). Glendalough lies in a valley and is surrounded by woods. It has two lakes (the upper and lower lakes) but also is the setting for one of the earliest and most important Christian sites within Ireland (11th & 12th Century.) According to Irish legends St. Kevin sought refuge in a cave, overlooking the upper lake. A monastery sprung up around him and the remains of this site can still be seen near the lower lake.
Visitors to Glendalough can see this site, enjoy a woodland walk with beautiful scenery and use the picnic areas. There is busy through traffic in the area in tourist season, so if possible try to visit in off peak - it is a lot more peaceful.
I have visited Glendalough several times now, both on and off peak season - and I LOVE IT.
It is beautiful, peaceful (or can be), interesting and not all that far from Dublin.
If you are a keen photographer, Glendalough has a multitude of picture opportunities.
One of my fondest memories of my time in Ireland includes a visit to Glendalough with a group of friends, on what turned out to be a very wet Spring day. As well as fond memories, that day I got some stunning pictures.
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