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Walk through the ruins of the windy and green hills of Glendalough


Gleann Dá Loch said that the ‘valley of the two lakes' constitutes 1,500 years of history scattered in the weeds of a huge valley that fought over by clans as salubrious as the Celtic winds.

Although only 50 kilometres separate Dublin from this valley, when you get off the bus, you have the striking feeling of being far away from any form of civilisation.

Wherever your gaze falls, you see green, green, and green again. There is a small village with weathered buildings nestled in the crevice of this glen. You will reach the windswept ruins, in severe cold and under a pale sun, via a small wooden bridge. A weary, round tower indicates that successive invasions have spared the local monastery. Take the grassy road that meanders towards the monastery, or head to the village cemetery. There, you will see a sparse forest dotted with tombstones and Celtic crosses. Look up and you can see the silhouettes of hikers venturing into Upper Lake and Lower Lake. Forgotten there as reflective discs of an unknown civilisation, the lakes are dark blue, icy and mesmerising.

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