Glendalough – St. Kevin’s Monastic Site

Although I know my trip would start in Dublin and I’d love to explore the city some more, I’ll start with some of the areas around Dublin itself that I’d like to see, starting with St. Kevin’s in Glendalough.

The Upper Lake.  Image credit:  Wikipedia

Glendalough, in County Wicklow, isn’t too far from Dublin, and at the time this is being written, a bus runs from Dublin to the site, charging 20 euro for a round trip ticket.  Glendalough itself means the ‘Glen of the Two Lakes,’ so it makes sense that the monastic site is situated in a valley with two lakes.


St. Kevin’s Church.  Image credit:  Wikipedia

The monastic site was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, and despite Viking raids in the 9th and 10th centuries and raids by the English in the 14th century, the monastery remained in use until the 16th century.  Visitors today can still see a 10th century cathedral, an 8th century Celtic cross, and St. Kevin’s church.  A 30 meter high round tower and the ruins of St. Kevin’s original church, Teampall na Skellig, can also be seen, as well as additional structures.


The Round Tower.  Image credit:  Wikipedia

The site itself is open to the public for no charge, but the adjacent visitor center, offering guided tours, audio/visual displays and exhibits charges 3 euro per adult and opens at 9:30 am year round.  This cost is waived for Heritage Card holders.

Additional links & Resources:

Heritage Ireland: Glendalough Visitor Centre

The Gold Book:  Ireland, page 44

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