A truly special place, the visitor centre at Glendalough shares the fascinating story of this monastic site, with its early Christian settlement nestled in a glaciated valley with two picture-perfect lakes. This is one of Ireland’s most famous visitor attractions and the sense of peace and splendid isolation you get from walking the three-kilometre-long valley is second to none.
Continue as far as the Upper Lake, the original site of the monastic settlement which features Reefert Church, Temple-na-Skellig, Saint Kevin’s Cell, Saint Kevin’s Bed, the Caher and a number of high crosses. Experience the 10km hike over the Spinc ridge. The trail ascends steeply on a path up by Poulanass Waterfall before joining a boardwalk and wooden steps leading to a spectacular viewing point overlooking the Upper Lake. It skirts the top of the cliffs with more breathtaking views before descending through blanket bog and down a rocky trail to the deserted Miners Village and returning on a good wide trail alongside the upper lake shore
Then it’s time to unwind at The Wicklow Heather and enjoy an array of locally sourced Wicklow ingredients.