Blessington Lakes.On this 26km round trip you will get to experience one of Wicklow’s hidden gems. The drive surrounds the valley where the Kings river once met the river Liffey. In 1940 the valley was dammed at Poulaphouca and flooded to supply water for Dublin city. On this trip you will experience breathtaking views and enjoy a hidden part of Wicklow that is steeped in history and intrigue. Brendan Behan wrote of the area in a piece entitled “Journey to the Jewel of Wicklow”in the Irish press in October 1952 , “it is a beautiful land round here and would be better known if he people were as vocal as the Killarney people. Maybe they want to keep it to themselves”. This part of Wicklow has appeared in many Hollywood films from “Captain Boycott” in 1947 to Excalibur 1981, Braveheart, The Lilac Bus, Widow’s Peak, PS I love You, and the TV series Vikings.
Glendalough & Avoca Mills
Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for an Early Medieval Monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin.
Glendalough (Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Glen of the Two Lakes’). is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”.Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The round tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The site also includes a Celtic high cross, St. Mary’s Church and St. Kevin’s Church. The remains of three stone crosses and a stone fort are also to be found between the upper and lower lakes.Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united. Close to the monastic city is the interactive centre. The centre features an audio visual and has a model of the monastic site on display. You will be welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff where all your questions will be answered. Glendalough is one of the top attraction on Ireland’s Ancient East.
Visitors are welcome to view the whole weaving process at first hand with a Tour of the Mill. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to see a working mill and to view the finished product in the store afterwards.
The picturesque village of Avoca itself was the fictional home of BBC TV’s Ballykissangel. Overall, the warm and friendly atmosphere in this charming and historical location makes the visit to Avoca a wonderful experience.
Dwyer McAllister Cottage. nestled in the shade of Kaedeen mountain at the top of a grassy lane off the Donard to Rathdangan Road in Co. Wicklow. It is a fine example of a traditional thatched cottage built with local stone and whitewashed inside and out. It was from this cottage, in the Winter of 1799, that the famed rebel, Michael Dwyer, fought the encircling British groups and finally made good his escape over the snow covered mountains. The cottage was later destroyed by fire and lay in ruins for almost 150 years. It was restored to its original form as a monument in the late 1940’s and again extensively repaired and re-roofed in 1992.
Restricted access for visitors with disabilities
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Glendalough Monastery / Visitors Centre
Admission Charges :
Adult € 4.00 Senior / Group € 3.00
Child / Student € 2.00 Family € 10.00
Other Venues in the area that may be of interest to you.
- Powerscourt House & Gardens
- Wicklow Mountains National Park.
- Russborough House