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Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. From 1825 to 1957, the head of the Glendalough Valley was the site of a galena lead mine.

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Glendalough is an ancient monastic village located just over an hour from Dublin. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains, it is a historic place to recharge your batteries. Put on your crampons and follow the path of Saint Kevin! In the 6th century, St Kevin retired to the mountains of County Wicklow to lead a hermit's life. He founded the monastery of Glendalough, around which his followers built churches and their homes over the years. Here they studied Christianity, Irish grammar and other forms of knowledge, carefully preserved in ancient books. The church activities lasted for several centuries until the English came in 1398. The soldiers devastated the hamlet, leaving behind only a pile of ruins. The natural beauty that surrounds Glendalough calls for serenity. For almost 1500 years, visitors have come here to reoxygenate. Amongst the weathered dry stone ruins, a few monuments recall the village's ecclesiastical past. The valley in which Glendalough lies offers exciting excursions. Stroll along the shores of Upper and Lower Lake, taking in the cascading streams and lush greenery of the hills. For even more excitement, explore the Wicklow National Park. Covering an area of 20,000 hectares, Wicklow National Park features towering peaks, rivers and lakes, as well as rocky promontories offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys. There are many walking trails, which are outlined in a guidebook available from the visitor centre. Your travel agent can also organise walking tours. There are a number of fishing spots in the area, including the Aughrim, Avoca and Avonmore rivers. Cyclists can enjoy a ride along the scenic Sally Gap route, while horse lovers can enjoy the equestrian centre at Annamoe. Average temperatures in Glendalough range from 8°C (January) to 18°C (July). The wettest period is from October to December. If you want to enjoy outdoor activities during your stay in Glendalough, choose dates in May, June, July or August.

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Can I stay in Glendalough village ?

There aren't any hotels in this village, but you can stay at hotels in the surrounding areas not too far from the village such as Lynhams Hotel, Heather House, Glendalough Glamping, Tudor Lodge B&B.

Don't forget t visit Wicklow Mountains National Park, St kevins Way, join Climbing tours, walking tours.

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