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Glendalough Upper Lake - Things to Know Before Visiting

Glendalough Upper Lake, Lugduff, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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About Glendalough Upper Lake

This is a glacial lake near Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland. The lake is located in the Wicklow Mountains area west of Glendalough Early Medieval monastic settlement. The lake is classified as a ribbon lake. Close to the eastern tip of the lake passes the Wicklow Way, a long distance waymarked walking trail, on its way from Rathfarnham in the north to its southerly point of Clonegal.

Attractions Near Glendalough Upper Lake

Poulanass Waterfall
Poulanass Waterfall1.2km from Glendalough Upper Lake

The Poulanass waterfall is a small but scenic waterfall near Glendalough upper lake in the Republic of Ireland. After a short walk you will see the Poulanass waterfall cascading down the river Avonmore over 5 meter. Not very tall but the scenery and the views on the lake are gorgeous. The basin beneath the waterfall is a very clean and the water reflects the trees on it. Not sure why the water colour of this waterfall is different, but it made this little waterfall a unique one.

Vale of Glendalough
Vale of Glendalough1.42km from Glendalough Upper Lake

Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. From 1825 to 1957, the head of the Glendalough Valley was the site of a galena lead mine. Glendalough is also a recreational area for picnics, for walking along networks of maintained trails of varying difficulty, and also for rock-climbing.

Glendalough2.43km from Glendalough Upper Lake

The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. It is also a recreational area for picnics, for walking along networks of maintained trails of varying difficulty, and also for rock-climbing.

Glenealo Valley
Glenealo Valley2.5km from Glendalough Upper Lake

Glenealo Valley is a national nature reserve of approximately 4,838 acres located in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is managed by the Irish National Parks & Wildlife Service, part of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. It was legally protected as a national nature reserve by the Irish government in 1988. The reserve is primarily an open valley set within the Wicklow Mountains, with a large plateau area of peatland and mixed heathland.

Glendalough Roundtower
Glendalough Roundtower2.52km from Glendalough Upper Lake

The round tower at Glendalough is considered by many to be one of the most finely constructed and beautiful towers in Ireland. Situated in a thickly forested valley, the 30.48 metre tall tower is built of mica schist with a granite doorway. The conical roof was rebuilt in 1876 using the original stones that were found inside the tower. The round tower is divided internally into 6 storeys by timber floors, connected by ladders. The four storeys above entrance level are each lit by a small window.

Glendalough Cathedral
Glendalough Cathedral2.55km from Glendalough Upper Lake

Glendalough Cathedral is one of Ireland’s earliest Christian monasteries. Its seven church ruins are found in the stunning Glendalough Valley, part of Wicklow Mountains National Park. Exploring the monastery and any of the Glendalough Walks is a great day trip from Dublin.

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County Wicklow is a county in Ireland. The last of the traditional 32 counties, having been formed as late as 1606, it is part of the Mid-East Region and the traditional province of Leinster. It is bordered by the Irish Sea to the east and the counties of Wexford to the south, Carlow to the southwest, Kildare to the west, and Dublin to the north.