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Glendalough Holiday Cottage

If you want to rent a holiday cottage near Glendalough, Aughavannagh is about 20 minutes’ drive from one of the 'must see' locations in Ireland, made even more famous by the recent visit of Michelle Obama. For those renting our Wicklow holiday home, it is often one of the highlights of a visit to the Wicklow Mountains. The stunning valley echoes to centuries of Irish history featuring two beautiful lakes, the famous round tower, a number of old churches and spectacular rugged mountains.

For many centuries Glendalough was one of the most important ancient monastic sites in Ireland and Glendalough is inevitably associated with St. Kevin, who lived here in the Seventh Century AD. It's a great place to bring a picnic and if you are an early riser, it's definitely worth getting up to see the sun rise over the lake at dawn. The local pub - Lynhams of Laragh, is also a great place to stop off on the way back to Aughavannagh. The Wicklow Way, which runs only a short distance from Aughavannagh Cottage, passes through Glendalough on its way from Rathfarnham in the north to its southern end at Clonegal. At the far end of the Upper Lake lie the ruins of an abandoned miner’s village. The mines were worked from the mid nineteenth century until they were abandoned in 1957.  There are many walking trails of varying difficulty around Glendalough.

Within the valley there are 9 colour-coded walking trails each beginning at the information office located near the Upper Lake and the valley is also popular with rock climbers. Whether you have an interest in Irish history, are an entusiast for outdoor activities or just love some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery; visiting Aughavannagh Cottage wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at Glendalough.