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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Take the roads from Dublin through Sally Gap to Glendalough for some great views. Walk around on your own through the ruins and read about St. Kevin. Follow the trails to the waterfall and upper lakes. Very beautiful and peaceful valley. A must see and the best hiking during our entire trip. So peaceful and inspiring.

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Reviewed 6 November 2012

I will never forget this place. It was an extraordinary experience to explore this Monastic settlement You could walk around on your own with a map to guide you It was a beautiful place and you could understand why St Kevin chose this place to settle. We waked to the upper lake. Take the path up the hill into the trees rather than the boardwalk walk. We took the boardwalk to the lake and it was boring and a hot day. We came back the other route and it a pleasant walk in the woods on a nice wide worn path. The lake between the mountains was pretty. It was a beautiful warm day and many people were enjoying the grounds. A definite " must do" on your trip.

Date of experience: September 2012
Thank BeachRock77
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

This is a place with kindness and incredible nice walks and views.

I was for only 4 nights in Ireland traveling solo during the week.
In Dublin in a hostel a met a girl from the Us and she was leaving the next day. She told me about this place I didn't enjoy Dublin Solo a lot. So went on the bus to Glendalough. The bus was return 20 euro's. Takes about 1,5 hours depents on the traffic. The bus stops a lot and picking up a lot of locals.
There was a nice hostel and a visitors centre. I got for 1 euro a map for different hikes.
Did the white one. Toke 3,5 hours over the mountains true the forests. Next to the lakes. So nice.
All animals like deers, cheep and goats.
Waterfal between it. Toke some beautiful pictures and got some relaxing wind true my head.

Date of experience: October 2012
Thank Marga T
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

Incredibly atmospheric old monastic sight in a stunning setting. Drive down from Dublin via the old military road if you get the chance for breathtaking scenery. Seriously, goosebump inducing views. And there's more of that once you get to Glendalough itself. Can imagine it would get extremely busy on a weekend or in the summer so perhaps try come on a weekday/outside of peak times so you have it as much to yourself as possible. In summary, 100% recommended!

Date of experience: October 2012
Thank JReading156
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

This is for everyone! Just hope on a bus from Dublin city and you get dropped to the Glendalough visitors center and from here you can walk around the Monastic settlement of nearly two thousands years. From St. Kevins Cell, The High tower or the oldest cross of Ireland. With two separate lakes you can take a walk for as long as you want, from just 30mins to 2hrs 30mins. Its interesting to view the glacial erosion of the area form the top!

Date of experience: October 2012
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