Things To Do In Glendalough

Located in the heart of the Wicklow mountains, Glendalough is an adventurers paradise. For many city slickers, Glendalough is a playground to unwind the mind and to rewild the soul on the weekends. With so many options, we have compiled a simple list of 5 things to do in Glendalough if you are only visiting for one day.

1. Hill Walking

The Wicklow National Park is massive! It is over 18 thousand hectares, consisting predominantly of heath and wild boglands. Many routes are extremely difficult to navigate and it is recommended to stick to the sign posted trails unless you are very experienced and well equipped. If, like most you are a novice hill walker, please do stick to the local walking guides for your own safety and enjoyment.

Some incredible trails in the Wicklow mountains include The Spinc, Dwyers Rock, Crone Wood & Maulin Mountain and Djouce and War Hill via Wicklow Way.

2. Mountain Biking

If you only have a couple of hours to blow off some steam and are looking for things to do in Glendalough, we highly recommend trying a downhill mountain biking experience. Our friends over at have an incredible set up in Ballinastoe with plenty of trails for riders of all ages and experience.

3. Visit Glendalough National Park

Not exactly a big surprise here but please, please make sure to pay a visit to Glendalough and go for a walk around the upper and lower lakes and monastic city. If it is a fine day, feel free to bring a picnic and spend an afternoon gazing over the lakes watching the ducks float by.

Visiting Glendalough is truly an all-inclusive experience suitable for couples, families and dog walkers alike. If you get a chance, pop in to the Information Center located in the center of the park to get some local information about the history and wildlife of Glendalough.

4. Visit The Glendalough Whiskey Distillery

If the weather takes a turn, which lets face it you’re in Ireland so it is highly likely, make sure to check out the Glendalough Distillery. When looking for things to do in Glendalough, people often forget that there are some great pubs, restaurants and distilleries in the area.

This beautiful small distillery gives visitors the opportunity to see behind the scenes and learn what goes into making an irish whiskey. Instead of being told how this happened, the guys at Glendalough Distillery provide intimate tours around the facility, along with tastings of some of their most popular whiskeys, gins and Poitín.

5. Have A Meal

Steeped in traditional Irish heritage, Laragh village is only a stone throw away from Glendalough National Park. After a long day of hiking, biking or even whiskey tasting, there is nothing better than enjoying a beautifully prepared meal in one of the restaurants or pubs in Laragh village.

Our family run restaurant is located 5 minutes from Glendalough guaranteed to have something for everyone. Choose from an la carte lunch and dinner menus as well as a varied selection of daily specials with a very extensive wine list and stand alone Irish whiskey bar.

If you are visiting the Wicklow Heather, make sure to pop in to the Irish Writers Room where you will find many first editions from famous Irish writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats.