Time  4 hours 40 minutes

Coordinates 1518

Uploaded August 25, 2016

Recorded July 2016

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near Brockagh, Leinster (Ireland)

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This beautiful tour through the valley of Glendalough (in Gaelic Gleann da Loch, Valley of the Two Lakes) in the Wiclow Mountains National Park, begins in the parking lot. There is the Visitor Center, which we did not visit as there were many people and we preferred Make the route and enjoy the place calmly. We cross a small bridge over a stream and immediately we see the iconic image of this valley, the Round Tower (a type of cylindrical tower that can be seen in many other places of the country) and the ruins of the hermitage with the forest in the background. On the way back we visited them.

At about 300 m. We took the wooden walkway that crosses the other side of the Lower Lake, on whose shore we saw a couple of deer. We left behind the small lake and arrived at a picnic area that we crossed to take the road parallel to the Upper Lake, much larger than the previous one. On the way out we go along the wide path between the side of huge ferns to the right and the lake and the trees, birch trees, beech trees, wild pine trees ... many large ones that surround it, to the left. Arriving at the end of the lake the valley opens and we have splendid views of it and the mountains in front. Shortly before reaching the mines we turned around because we wanted to get away from a group of students from a Spanish religious college who came behind and did not stop singing at the top of their lungs. Anyway...

Upon returning we took a path along the shore of the lake. The proximity of the water and the walk under the trees, some of large dimensions, made the return very pleasant. Each time we find poles with life-saving tires, these lakes are dangerous and swimming is prohibited. We return to the picnic area where we stop to eat and lie down for a while on the grass. Here is the small Information Center of the Natural Park and after visiting it we take a detour that in 200-300 m. uphill takes us to the Poulanass Waterfall, a small waterfall in a beautiful shade.

We return to the path, which takes us this time on the other side of the Lower Lake between the grove to the Monastic City, the Round Tower, the cemetery and two small hermitages in ruins, a place full of tranquility and beauty where it is understood what the monks retired here. It was created in the 6th century by Saint Kevin, continuing his monastic work until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Most of the buildings were built between the 8th and 12th centuries and were restored in the 19th century. After wandering around the area for a while we return to the place of beginning ending this route through one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.

Time in motion 2 h. 57 min
Waypoint

INICIO PARKING

Intersection

DERECHA POR GREEN ROAD BOARD

Lake

LOWER LAKE

Intersection

DERECHA

Intersection

CAMINO PARALELO AL UPPER LAKE

Lake

UPPER LAKE

Ruins

MINAS ABANDONADAS

Intersection

DERECHA SENDA JUNTO AL LAGO

Picnic

ÁREA DE PICNIC

Intersection

DESVÍO POULANASS WATERFALL (cascada)

Waterfall

CASCADA

Information

WICLOW MOUNTAINS INFORMATION CENTER

Sacred architecture

MONASTIC CITY

Sacred architecture

ROUND TOWER

1 comment

  • Koby Hersh Jun 2, 2018

    This beautiful tour through the valley of Glendalough (in Gaelic Gleann da Loch, Valley of the Two Lakes) in the Wiclow Mountains National Park, begins in the parking lot. There is the Visitor Center, which we did not visit as there were many people and we preferred Make the route and enjoy the place calmly. We cross a small bridge over a stream and immediately we see the iconic image of this valley, the Round Tower (a type of cylindrical tower that can be seen in many other places of the country) and the ruins of the hermitage with the forest in the background. On the way back we visited them.
     
    At about 300 m. We took the wooden walkway that crosses the other side of the Lower Lake, on whose shore we saw a couple of deer. We left behind the small lake and arrived at a picnic area that we crossed to take the road parallel to the Upper Lake, much larger than the previous one. On the way out we go along the wide path between the side of huge ferns to the right and the lake and the trees, birch trees, beech trees, wild pine trees ... many large ones that surround it, to the left. Arriving at the end of the lake the valley opens and we have splendid views of it and the mountains in front. Shortly before reaching the mines we turned around because we wanted to get away from a group of students from a Spanish religious college who came behind and did not stop singing at the top of their lungs. Anyway...
     
    Upon returning we took a path along the shore of the lake. The proximity of the water and the walk under the trees, some of large dimensions, made the return very pleasant. Each time we find poles with life-saving tires, these lakes are dangerous and swimming is prohibited. We return to the picnic area where we stop to eat and lie down for a while on the grass. Here is the small Information Center of the Natural Park and after visiting it we take a detour that in 200-300 m. uphill takes us to the Poulanass Waterfall, a small waterfall in a beautiful shade.
     
    We return to the path, which takes us this time on the other side of the Lower Lake between the grove to the Monastic City, the Round Tower, the cemetery and two small hermitages in ruins, a place full of tranquility and beauty where it is understood what the monks retired here. It was created in the 6th century by Saint Kevin, continuing his monastic work until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Most of the buildings were built between the 8th and 12th centuries and were restored in the 19th century. After wandering around the area for a while we return to the place of beginning ending this route through one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.
     
    Time in motion 2 h. 57 min

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