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Suggested 1 Day Itinerary

Suggested 1 Day Itinerary

One Day Exploring Glendalough Valley and the Wicklow Gap

The Monastic City at Glendalough

Morning: Glendalough

Start your adventure with a hearty breakfast in the Glendalough Hotel and if you have ordered a packed lunch you can collect it after breakfast so that you are free to explore without those hunger pangs.

The Glendalough Valley offers a variety of trails suitable for all ages and skill levels. A family favorite is the Glendalough Green Road Walk, a relatively easy path that takes you past the Upper and Lower Lakes, the Monastic City, and through lush woodlands. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery while learning about the area’s rich history. The entrance to the Monastic City is steps from the front door at the Glendalough Hotel means this is an easy start with no need for transport.

If you have a packed lunch, coffee is available in the car park beside the beach at Upper Lake, enjoy your lunch while taking in the lakeside views.

Afternoon: Wicklow Gap and Russborough House

If you fancy a bit of history jump in the car and drive across the Wicklow Gap to Russborough House

This grand mansion has really interesting exhibits and fabulous art. There are walled gardens and the Maze is great fun, how long it takes in the Maze really depends on your navigation skills.

After a day of exploration, enjoy a hearty meal in The Bistro at Glendalough or visit the Hollywood Inn on your way back across the gap. The Glendalough Hotel offers great value Dinner Bed and breakfast rates when you book.

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