Introduction by Michael Rodgers, SPS
Local pilgrim guide Michael Rodgers SPS talks of the history of Glendalough, a ‘desert space’, a place where Saint Kevin, an early Christian hermit, arrived in the 6th Century AD to live in prayer and reflection.
Use this introduction as a way to experience the atmosphere surrounding Glendalough. The collection of walks through the valley can be downloaded to your device by following the instructions below.
Monastic City & Green Road, Glendalough, County Wicklow
Monastic City & the Green Road
Beginning at the only remaining double arched granite gateway in Ireland, start your journey into the Monastic City of Glendalough enjoying the beautiful architectural remains of the 11th century Round Tower, Cathedral, High Cross and Saint Kevin’s Church.
On leaving the Monastic City cross a wooden bridge and follow the trail alongside the Lower Lake enjoying scenic views through an oak forest before arriving at the Upper Lake and the end of your journey.
Duration: 30 minutes
File Size: 760MB (approx.)
Reefert Church & Saint Kevin’s Cell, Glendalough, County Wicklow
Reefert Church & St. Kevin’s Cell
Flashing sunshine sparkles through a canopy of trees as you go up sloping steps towards Poulanaas Waterfall that cascades down the side of the Lugduff valley.
Continue up the steep gradient to the top where you descend down the path towards Reefert's Church and Saint Kevin's Cell, two monastic ruins from the days when Glendalough was a bustling city of monks and scholars between the 6th – 11th century AD.
Duration: 20 minutes
File Size: 450MB (approx.)
Saint Kevins Bed & Miners Road, Glendalough, County Wicklow
St Kevin’s Bed & Miner’s Road
Follow the shore of Glendalough's Upper Lake, weaving your way through larch trees planted by miners in the early 19th century. At the lake shore you can see the first dwelling place of Saint Kevin the Hermit when he arrived here around 1,500 years ago.
The trail continues along the Miners Road before opening out to a gorgeous view of the valley floor with steep rising sides of iron-like rocks and boulders. Stepping past a few wild goats you find your way to the deserted miners village. This was the home to hundreds of miners who came here every day to mine iron and silver ore from the mountain over a hundred years ago. Here you take in the scenery and catch your breath as this journey comes to an end.
Duration: 35 minutes
File Size: 740MB (approx.)
Poulanaas & the Spinc, Glendalough, County Wicklow
Poulanaas & the Spinc
This trail starts from Poulanaas Waterfall and quickly takes you away from the lakes and rivers, delving deep into coniferous forests. The forest path strikes steeply uphill along 600 wooden steps placed there by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Your efforts are rewarded after a while by breaking out onto open mountain summit at the top. Here the views are wonderful, looking out over the valley and down below onto the Lower Lake and Monastic City. The air is fresh up here and after a short break continue along the Spinc towards one of the best views in the valley.
Duration: 45 minutes
File Size: 960MB (approx.)