Glendalough, located in County Wicklow, is a beautiful monastic ruin site. Glendalough (Gleann Da Loch) is one of the most popular visitor’s attractions in Ireland and is also one of the most important sites of monastic ruins. The literal translation is Glen of two Lakes.
You can chose to walk the grounds yourself for no charge or you can pay to have a tour guide. The tour guides are very helpful, but I chose to buy the booklet (.50) and walk around myself. The landscape is absolutely beautiful so don’t forget your camera!
The ruins include the famous round tower, several churches, and a variety of sites associated with St. Kevin. People of all fitness levels will enjoy Glendalough. You can take a leisurely stroll around the ruins or chose to go on a more rigorous hike up the mountain. St. Kevin’s bed and St. Kevin’s cell can be seen if you are up to a hike. The weather can be unpredictable so be prepared.
The monastery was founded by St. Kevin. As a child, he studied under three holy men. When he got a little older he went to Glendalough to live. He left, but later returned with a group of followers. He lived and worked in Glendalough until his death around 618 A.D. St. Kevin was rumored to have been 120 years old when he died.
For more history and information about Glendalough, visit http://www.glendalough.connect.ie/.