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Vale of Glendalough - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Vale of Glendalough, Lugduff, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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About Vale of Glendalough

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.

Attractions Near Vale of Glendalough

Glenealo Valley
Glenealo Valley1.39km from Vale of Glendalough

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 Upper Lake
Glendalough Upper Lake1.42km from Vale of Glendalough

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.

Mullacor2.11km from Vale of Glendalough

Mullacor is the 141st–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale,[3] and the 172nd–highest peak on the Vandeleur-Lynam scale. Mullacor is situated in the southern sector of the Wicklow Mountains range, and forms a broad horseshoe around the Upper Lake of the Glendalough valley with the mountains of Lugduff 652 metres, Conavalla 734 metres, the hydroelectric station at Turlough Hill 681 metres.

Poulanass Waterfall
Poulanass Waterfall2.58km from Vale of Glendalough

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.

Turlough Hill
Turlough Hill3.71km from Vale of Glendalough

Turlough Hill is a 681-metre-high mountain in County Wicklow in Ireland and site of Ireland's only pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant. The power station is owned and operated by the ESB and can generate up to 292 megawatts of electricity at times of peak demand. A good trekking destination and also there are so many things to see and do here.

Glendalough3.85km from Vale of Glendalough

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.

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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.