Glendalough is a glacial valley with steep granite cliffs on one side and it’s a beautiful walk to the upper lake. At the valley head there are the ruins of abandoned miners village where lead was mined from 1850 until about 1957.
Historian a & archeologist George McClafferty, from the visitors centre, explained the history & myths of Glendalough - a beautiful wooded valley in the Wicklow Mountains with the ruins of a sixth century monastic city.
It was built by the followers of the St Kevin and destroyed during the British Reformation. Today the ruins are still impressive and include houses, churches, a graveyard and the 110 foot round tower which is 1,000 years old and one of the best in Ireland.
The Round tower was originally a bell tower with a doorway ten feet above the ground to deter attacks, especially from Viking raiders that plagued the area.
Get there before 10am & you can have the place to yourself.
Regina couldn’t wait to get behind the reins of the traditional travellers horse drawn caravan that Neasa Clissmann (www.clissmann.com/wicklow) brought to our film shoot at Glendalough; “its only tourist that are keeping this tradition alive,” Neasa said.