Glendalough Hermitage

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Glendalough National Park

Glendalough is a place of stunning natural beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes. It also offers a unique mix of natural, historical, archaeological and spiritual riches.

For thousands of years, people have been drawn to this valley carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. The two lakes which inspired the name of Glendalough (Gleann Da Loch – valley of the two lakes) were formed when the ice thawed.

The valley is situated in Wicklow Mountains National Park which is home to forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Magnificent scenery abounds. Many and varied walking trails can be found to suit all levels of agility. Wherever one looks, beautiful views meet the eye, evoking a sense of peace, tranquillity and wonder.

The valley is also a haven for wildlife and their habitats, flora and fauna. Nature conservation and ecological protection are provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. An Information Office in the Park offers information on local wildlife and guided walking tours e.g. Bat Walks and Dawn Chorus Walks are available.

The geological heritage of Glendalough is highlighted by the remains of two mines found in the Glendalough valley and in the adjacent valley of Glendeasan. Lead, zinc and silver are among the materials mined over a period stretching from the 1790s to 1957. A project called the Glendalough Mining Heritage Project has been established to conserve the history and heritage of mining in the area.

Glendalough National Park is also the site of a Monastic City featuring the remains of an early Irish Christian monastic settlement dating from the 6th century onwards.