The Valley of Glendalough

The Valley of Glendalough

Explore scenic nature walks in the Valley of Glendalough with local pilgrim guide, Michael Rodgers, SPS. Explore the lives of monks and scholars who lived here during Ireland's Golden Age of spiritual Christianity in the 6th Century AD and the Monastic City that followed in the 11th Century AD. Enjoy lake walks during Spring time, visit a ruined 19th Century miner's village with feral goats bleating in the background, or climb the Spinc boardwalk to panoramic vistas across the valley.

Glendalough is now yours to explore with Michael providing a spiritual backdrop to what is spread out before you. Listen to his words of wisdom and seek that peace and solitude that Saint Kevin did, in this very same spot, all those hundreds of years ago.

The Valley of Glendalough
  • Introduction to Glendalough, County Wicklow by Michael Rodgers, SPS

    Local pilgrim guide, Michael Rodgers SPS, explains the background to the Valley of Glendalough and its famous resident and cultural history over the past two thousand years.

    Michael has lived and worked in Glendalough as a spiritual guide over the past 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge re...

  • Monastic City & Green Road, Glendalough, County Wicklow

    Begin your journey at the only remaining double-arched granite gateway in Ireland and place your foot within the sanctuary of the Monastic City of Glendalough. Enjoy the beautiful architectural remains of the 11th century Round Tower, Cathedral, High Cross and Saint Kevin’s Church as you stroll a...

  • Lugduff Brook, Glendalough, County Wicklow

    Sit down awhile by the soft flowing Lugduff river as it cascades down onto the valley floor. The water here is crisp, clear, and sings a lullaby as it rushes past on its journey toward the sea.

  • Reefert Church & St Kevins Cell, Glendalough, County Wicklow

    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 the path towards Reefert Church and Saint Kevin’s Cell, two monastic ruins fro...

  • St Kevin's Bed & Miner's Road, Glendalough, County Wicklow

    Start at the river in Glendalough and cross a little wooden bridge to begin your journey under the awning of thousands of larch trees, planted by miners in the early part of the 19th century. Along the way you will pass close to the first dwelling place of Saint Kevin at the base of the cliffs a...

  • Poulanaas and the Spinc, Glendalough, County Wicklow

    This trail starts at 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, b...

  • Camaderry, Glendalough, County Wicklow

    Enjoy a picture-perfect sunrise, whilst sitting on top of Camaderry mountain, looking eastwards towards the rising sun, with the Valley of Glendalough and Laragh stretched out before you.