Glendalough Monastic Site, Wicklow, Ireland – Things to See and Do

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: September 14, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Wicklow
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Glendalough is renowned for its scenery and monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest. He died about 618. For six centuries afterwards, Glendalough flourished and the Irish Annals contain references to the deaths of abbots and raids on the settlement. Around 1042, oak timber from Glendalough was used to build the longest (30 m) Viking longship ever recorded. A modern replica of that ship was built in 2004 and is currently located in Roskilde, Denmark. Glendalough thrived as one of Irelands great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214. The settlement was destroyed by English forces in 1398. A reconstruction program was started in 1878 and today the valley boasts a visitor centre, wooded trails, long hikes, walkways and rock climbing.

1. Glendalough Monastic Site, Wicklow, Ireland - Things to See and Do

Altitude: 252 m