Here under DSI - day 5, you will find travel information for that day, with practical information including the opening hours and addresses of the different attractions.
Day 1 -
Wicklow Mountains National Park - Glendalough
Explore the Wicklow Mountains National Park, with its 50,000 acres of mountainous blanket bogs and woodland. You will find all Ireland's native mammal species such as red deers, foxes, badgers, hares, red squirrels, as well as a interesting bird population, with peregrine falcons, marlins, kestrels, hawks and sparrow hawks, pipits, skylarks, whinchats, ring ouzels, dippers, red grouses.
Discover the ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough. The English name Glendalough comes from the Irish Gleann Dá Locha which translates to "The valley of the two lakes". It was here that St. Kevin founded a monastery in the sixth century.
From this beginning the site grew to become famous as a centre of learning throughout Europe. Indeed, Ireland was known as the "Island of Saints and Scholars". Standing amid the remains of this monastic settlement, one can feel a powerful sense of peace and tranquility.
The settlement continued to expand for 600 years and was destroyed in 1398. The buildings which survive date from the 8th and 12th centuries. The most famous is, of course, the round tower which is 112 feet high and 53 feet in circumference at the base. A cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses also survived.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Night in Dublin.
Information point :
Upper lake, Glendalough
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm, May-Aug
week ends only, Apr and Sept
Close rest of the year
Glendalough Visitor Centre:
Entrance Fees: € 2.70
Opening Hours: 9am-5.15pm Jun-Aug
9.30 am-5.15pm, Sept to mid-Oct and mid-Mar to May
9.30am-4.15pm, mid-Oct to mid-March
High quality 20-min audiovisual presentation on the Irish monasteries
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