There are nine way-marked walking trails in the valley of Glendalough. The walks vary from a short half hour stroll to a long four hour hillwalk. Each trail is signposted with colour-coded arrows. Staff at the Information Office can help you choose a suitable route. To assist in social distancing against Covid, please follow a one-way system on the following trails:. Please use the Green Road instead.
This hillwalk offers some of the most spectacular views in Glendalough and its close proximity to Dublin makes it a perfect day trip. Glendalough is located in Wicklow Mountains National Park and is just over an hour's drive from Dublin, making it the perfect day trip from Ireland's capital city. There are 9 hikes of varying lengths and difficulties in Glendalough but the 9km Spinc and Glenealo Valley Trail White Route is the perfect hike to see everything the area has to offer. I recommend parking at the Glendalough Visitor Center lot where the pin is on the map. By parking here you will be treated to views of Lower Lake and the Monastic Site while you make your way to the hike's trailhead near Upper Lake on a short and well-traveled trail. From the trailhead you will begin following the white arrows through the woods.
We parked in the Glendalough Upper Lake Lot. I had read about the steps ahead of our trip and was pleased by how well my excitement and adrenaline helped prompt me up all of those steps! I think I was just so excited to finally be there - and I could not wait to see the view from the ridge line. It was worth it. Most of the hike is much easier than it's initial incline, although there are a few more surprise sections with additional steps. I'd do it all again, though, absolutely.
The Spinc ridge overlooks the spectacular Glendalough Valley. A tough climb is rewarded with breathtaking views not just of the Valley but as you climb high the vista over the Wicklow Uplands opens out around you. Grade: Strenuous, route is marked with white arrows Distance: 9km Estimated time: 3hrs 30mins Total height climbed: m Highest point: m Terrain underfoot: rocky trail, boardwalk, forest roads. Suitable for: Well equipped with reasonable fitness. More info on Glendalough Walks. We hope you'll find that in uniting the golden, blue and twilight hours in the Gardens, soundtracked to the melodious dawn chorus of the Gardens' feathered residents, something truly special has been achieved. More about Powercourt here - bit. See More See Less.