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Glendalough Guided Walks

Glendalough Village, Ireland
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About Glendalough Guided Walks
Hi, I'm Martin Swords, and my Glendalough Guided Walks offers you an interesting guided walk 'n talk for about two hours through the beautiful Glendalough Monastic City and the Valley of the Two Lakes, fascinating, humorous, not too strenuous, no hills to climb,and a nice cuppa' at the Glendalough Hotel to finish
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Therese M wrote a review Feb 2021
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Experiencing Glendalouch with Martin Swords was a highlight of our trip to Ireland back in August of 2019. The valley is filled with stunning scenery, lovely lakes and rich monastic history. Hiking it with Martin was such a joy as he shared with us his knowledge of Irish history, wonderful stories of the valley and love of poetry. "And then there was St. Kevin and the Blackbird"....
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Wanderlust wrote a review Oct 2019
Phoenix, Arizona7 contributions8 helpful votes
Martin was an exceptional guide and the perfect way to start our Ireland journey. He had great knowledge of the area and knew the perfect spots to take pictures and grab a bite to eat. Glendalough and the Wicklow mountains were one of our favorite spots in Ireland and I would never have appreciated it as much without Martin. In addition, he was flexible when we had some unexpected car trouble on the way down and he customized the tour so we could hit the sheepdog show next to the monastic site in time. He was very patient with us and really made us feel special, including sharing with us his poetry. It was one of the highlights of our trip and I will highly recommend the tour to anyone!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from MartinSwords, Owner at Glendalough Guided Walks
Responded 25 Oct 2019
Thank you C C , and you were exceptional customers ! Thank you for your review, and glad to hear that the rest of your holiday in Ireland was just as great, My Pleasure Martin
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Renea P wrote a review Aug 2019
Marietta, Georgia32 contributions24 helpful votes
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Martin was great. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history. Highly recommend his tour. We saw alot of what we learned from him throughout our trip. He went above and beyond for us and we are very appreciative.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from MartinSwords, Owner at Glendalough Guided Walks
Responded 29 Aug 2019
Thank you both, for the walk, and for your kind review. It was my pleasure to guide you. Martin
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Avik B wrote a review Oct 2018
Atlanta, Georgia12 contributions13 helpful votes
Glendalough Monastic City in the Wicklow mountains is an absolute must-see if you're visiting Dublin and the surrounding area ... and I can't imagine a better way that I could have spent my time there than with Martin Swords as my guide. Mr. Swords is both charming and relaxed and made sure that my wife, friends and I were completely comfortable and refreshed before leading us on a lyrical, informative, entertaining and at times completely funny tour of the Glendalough Monastic site as well as both the Upper and Lower lakes. He stopped and explained the historic significance of all the key structures on the site - everything from the tall clock tower to the small bullaun stones and did it in a style that drew us back all the way to the past to give us a real tangible connection to the place. He wove in quotations and poetry from other elements of Irish history ranging from GK Chesterton to Seamus Heaney as well. We came away having learnt all about the site, with an appreciation for the legends and history and lore of the place, as well as with a deeper appreciation of the Irish people and culture from this guided walk. Thank you for an amazing experience that my family and friends will cherish always !!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from MartinSwords, Owner at Glendalough Guided Walks
Responded 30 Oct 2018
Thank you Avik, family and friends, it was my pleasure to guide you in Glendalough. I think we all enjoyed the guided walk, I did as much as you. When the group chemistry in such a beautiful place is good, they we all enjoy the day. Thank you Avik for indicating that you had read and liked my poetry before we met in Glendalough, and I know you liked the Poetry quotations that are part of the walk. It was a delight to know that you have one of my books 'Glendalough Calling', in good hands, where it will be enjoyed. I hope also that the rest of your holiday was enjoyable and memorable. Thank you kindly. Slán agus Beannacht Martin ps hope the four Kevins photo is good and worthy of framing !
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tw92 wrote a review Oct 2018
Shoreline, Washington188 contributions44 helpful votes
You will be very fortunate to visit Glendalough with such a well-informed guide who manages to make you forget how tired you are and how crowded the paths can be on a busy summer weekend. I realized that I was not that fit to complete the walk (which was at a leisurely pace), but Martin was extremely accommodating and made adjustments to our itinerary without making me feel like a weak-kneed loser! I saw hordes of people not fully appreciating the historic value of their surroundings and I could very well have been one of those clueless tourists, but Martin shared his deep knowledge of Glendalough with us in such an engaging and even lyrical manner. Thanks for your patience, wisdom, and poetry, Martin! (And sorry for this very late review!). I'll never forget the legend of St. Kevin and the Blackbird and your riveting rendition of Seamus Heaney's poem! ----F. from the Philippines
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Date of experience: July 2018
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