Glendalough (click) is a remote valley amongst the Wicklow mountains, part of the Wicklow mountaions national park. It is a site of an acient monastery and also great beauty and serenity today. In the summer time it is over populated with turists, but as we visited it, we had all the time and place we needed to enjoy the nature and the acient ruins.
Glendalough contains of two lakes (lower and upper lake) and many hiking trails lead around them. You can choose tho walk any distance between 1 and 20 km, so we settled for 10.
Firstly we checked the monastic site, which used to be populated since 498 AD when young monk Kevin came there to meditate in peace and wilderness. Soon crowds of pilgrimes came to emulate hime, Glendalough became Irelands biggest monastic site. In some form it was populated until 17th cantury. Today we can see the ruins on the blooming community.
After the sight-seeing we decided to take the walking route, that lead around the both lakes. In between we climbed 600 wooden steps, enjoyed the views from the top of the mountain and crossed the stream by jumping from one rock to another. Fun!:) We concluded the day with some hot tea/coffee/chocolate in the nearby Kevin's take-away. Well deserved.:)