Glendalough, with Photos
Part of: Ireland Road Trip
Glendalough was our first stop after Dublin early in the trip and was one of our favorite sights in Ireland. We had such a fun time walking on the nature trails and exploring the old ruins, and we even had some intermittent sunshine for the photos. Here's what I said about it in my brief post from the road:
Tuesday our main stop was in Glendalough ("Valley of the Two Lakes"), which is only about an hour south of Dublin. It's a very scenic area with mountains (well, big hills) rising up on all sides above two lakes and a great national park with walking trails all over it.
All of that would be worthwhile on its own, but it was also the chosen spot of a monk called Kevin who lived there as a hermit in c.600 AD. He attracted a huge following and a monastic settlement grew up there over the centuries. So we got to visit the beautiful stone ruins of churches, cemeteries and another round tower, while also enjoying the pretty landscape (and building up those squishy leg muscles). It was so very cool and highly recommended.
And now, here's some pictures!
Happy travelers at the Upper Lake.
After that hike, it was a long walk back to the Visitors' Centre for a bathroom break, but then we decided to head for one last sight - a church 1 km in the other direction that has Romanesque carvings! Yay! David was a trouper and joined me for the trek with enthusiasm, despite not having any particular interest in Romanesque. It's called St. Saviour's Church and dates from the 1100s, and is the newest church at Glendalough! That's really something.