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Glendalough

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Glendalough is the one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. Renowned for its natural beauty, fascinating history and relaxing surrounds, Glendalough is a magical place and a must see attraction. There are so many sights and things to do that there is something for everyone, no matter age or ability. With several different way-marked trails to following, each with varying degrees of difficulty, you will definitely find something to suit.

Glendalough is located in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, situated in a valley with two lakes. The gorgeous scenery, rich history and archaeology are what draw thousands of visitors to this place.

The monastic village was founded in the 6th Century by St Kevin, and is a must see for any visitor. The village consists of several monastic buildings, high crosses and the impressive and iconic Round Tower. For more information about the history of the monastic site make sure to visit the excellent Visitor Centre where there is audio visual tour.

There are so many paths to be taken about the lakes so you will find walks to suit everyone. There are nine different marked routes varying from a short half hour stroll up to a long four hour hike. Each route is marked with colour coded arrows, and there is a large map located by the Visitor Centre and by the car park at the Upper Lake. For more information on the different routes visit the Visitor Centre or click on the link below:

www.wicklowmountainsnationalpark.ie/walkingtrails.html

Directions from Bray:

To get to Glendalough from Bray take the N11 to  Kilmacanogue and go over the bridge at the roundabout turn left, onto the R755, follow this round as far as Laragh and follow the signs for Glendalough. The drive should take about 45 minutes.

Alternatively the St Kevins Bus Service leaves daily at 12.10 from Bray Town Hall and goes directly to Glendalough. The bus is a return service and gives you over three and a half hours to enjoy Glendalough, the bus leaves at 16.30.

For more information on St Kevins Bus:

www.glendaloughbus.com