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Spotlight Glendalough - Why You Should Visit

Glendalough is one of my favorite spots in all of Ireland – it’s peaceful, serene, and stunningly beautiful. Each time I visit I feel as though I have stumbled on a special secret. Though it is a popular spot, it’s as if everyone feels the special aura of Glendalough and I promise that your time there will be something you will remember for years to come.

Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and tucked away in the Wicklow Mountains in eastern Ireland is the beautiful monastic city of Glendalough. St. Kevin was known for his teaching and his founding of Glendalough. He is referenced in popular Irish culture – such as a lovely poem by the famed Seamus Heaney, “St. Kevin and the Blackbird,” as well as a tongue-in-cheek song by The Dubliners song, Listen to “The Glendalough Saint” here and read the poem here.

Glendalough is located within Wicklow National Park and the present shape of Glendalough reveals very little of its rich history. Glendalough was a thriving medieval monastic city with the remaining buildings and ruins just giving a peek into its illustrious history as a place of learning and culture in Ireland. As you wander through the grounds, it’s a treat to imagine how vibrant it must have been there!

Glendalough, meaning glen of two lakes, is nestled into a glacial valley and is home to two tranquil lakes that make for a beautiful landscape. Glendalough also hosts great hiking trails and rock climbing for the more adventurous tourists. So, plan to spend some time at this gem!



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