Hike to St. Kevin's Monastic Site

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow - Search Nearby - Added by Kelley Le

Take a nice stroll through Glendalough to find an old monastery in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. 

Park at the Upper Lake car park. The parking fee is 4 Euro.

Start at the trailhead and follow the Green Road Walk. Along the trail, you'll walk through wetlands on boardwalks as well as forested areas. At the beginning of the trail by the car park, there are views of Glendalough Upper Lake. You'll be hiking around the Glendalough Lower Lake as well. During your hike, make sure you follow the signs towards the monastery. You'll reach the monastery about a mile in.

At the monastic site rests St. Kevin's old church and the tall Round Tower. There are many gravestones that are centuries old. The monastery has a beautiful backdrop of the Lower Lake and the Wicklow Mountains. Throughout the monastic site, there are several signs explaining the history of the place and the people who once dwell here (super cool).

You can continue onto the trail and loop back towards the car park or simply go back the same way you came. 

At the car park, there is a little food shack that sells drinks and several food items. It can be a little expensive, though. 

Distance

1.9 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

459.3 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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