One of our favorite stops from our Irish Thanksgiving trip is the Glendalough Monastic Site, located within the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Its history dates back to the 10th century, and its spectacular scenery and archaeology attracts thousands each year. The monastery was founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century and became one of the great centers of learning in early Christian Ireland. This peaceful area is where monks and lay people lived and learned together. Today, visitors can freely walk the grounds at no cost. There is also a small museum and video presentation in the visitor center available for a small fee. Parking on the grounds is also free.
In Irish, Glendalough translates to “valley of the two lakes.” This name was given because of the nature that surrounds the monastic site. Being there, you certainly feel the peacefulness of this place. Fun fact! Glendalough, is on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage site list!
We hope you enjoyed seeing our time in Glendalough! See you next time.
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