Destination Ireland: Ancient Ireland – September 2016 – Issue 255


Ancient Ireland

Here are just a few of Ireland’s most popular historic sites, which are steeped in ancient mystery and adventure.


Of all of Ireland’s monastic cities, none has the secluded beauty and isolated majesty of Glendalough, whose impressive ruins are more than rivalled by their setting: two dark glacial lakes at the foot of a forested valley that remain a profoundly peaceful and spiritual place.

In 498 the solitude-seeking St Kevin went to live in a Bronze Age tomb on the south side of the Upper Lake, but most of what you see dates from the 9th century onwards, when Kevin’s settlement rivalled Clonmacnoise as one of Ireland’s premier universities.

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