Steeped in Ancient History, One of Ireland's Most Famous Landmarks
While renowned for it’s magnificent scenery Glendalough is also full of a rich and varied heritage in terms of history, monuments, archaeology, architecture, landscapes, geology, parks, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats & mining history. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘The Valley of the Two Lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
The Glendalough Valley was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age and the two lakes, from which Glendalough gets its name, were formed when the ice eventually thawed. The Valley is home to one of Ireland’s most impressive monastic sites founded by St. Kevin in the 6th Century.
Situated in the Wicklow Mountains' National Park, the area is a haven for wildlife and their habitats, flora and fauna. The remains of the Glendalough Mines and Glendasan minescan be found both inside and outside the Park. Glendalough Heritage Forum website can be found at Glendalough Heritage Forum. This website links to information, events and contact details for the Glendalough Heritage Forum. The Glendalough Heritage Forum (GHF) is a non-statutory partnership that seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the Glendalough Valley and to stimulate wider community engagement with this heritage through collaborative initiatives. The GHF aims to increase communication, collaboration and understanding between those with an interest in the cultural heritage of the famous valley of Glendalough and surrounding settlements. The Forum consists of a wide range of stakeholders including; local residents, land owners, state agencies, County Council representatives and researchers from a variety of institutions.