This will be my first post about Ireland. I got to spend so much time at home this summer I tried to make this most of it and visit some places I hadn’t seen yet. So my Mum and me took a trip up to Glendalough.
We stayed in Trooperstown Wood Lodge. I highly recommend this place. It has a huge garden, three large common areas where you can read or drink some tea. The whole place is covered with antique, old books and loads of paintings. It’s like stepping into a museum.
We drove up to Glendalough, which my Mum didn’t enjoy too much as it’s all tiny country roads! But there are buses from Dublin that will take you straight to Glendalough.
You will pay for parking but nothing else. You can stop into the visitor centre to grab a map of the walks for 50 cent. Your first stop of the walk will be at the monastic ruins. Here you have ruins of a church, an old graveyard and a round tower. These were erected by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. I loved walking around the graveyard looking at the names and the dates on the headstones.
Next you can take the Upper Road or the Green Road to the Upper Lake. You will pass the Lower Lake. We took the Green Road. Both walks are very easy. The Green Road takes you right through the forest on a boardwalk type of path. Once you get to the Upper Lake you should take some time to take in the beauty of it! If you’re brave enough maybe take a dip in fresh lake!
There’s a beautiful waterfall close to the Upper Lake, just up a steep set up steps, but worth checking out. There are also a few more ruins to check out like St. Kevins Church, the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Reefert Church.
Glendalough is gorgeous and definitely worth a day trip if you live in Ireland or if you’re visiting Dublin for a few days. I think it’s important tourists coming to Ireland see more than just Dublin city as it’s not a good representation of what Ireland has to offer! My post on Newgrange is coming soon so keep your eyes open for that.