Photographer's Note

Pictured here is an old wizened tree that grows on the sandy shore of the upper Lake at Glendalough in Co Wicklow.

Glendalough is a famous site in Ireland, both for its natural beauty and extensive wild lands, as well as the Monastic City founded by St Kevin around the year 600 and mostly destroyed in 1398 by English Troops.

The valley itself was formed during the last age age by a glacier which left a huge moraine across the mouth of the valley. A delta was created by the Poulanass river which divided the lake into two, hence why there is an upper lake and a lower lake. The Upper lake is the larger of the two. It is an important ecological site with the area being surrounded by oak woodlands, in which lives a variety of plants, trees and animals. Wild deer can often be seen early in the morning, and when not long after I took this, a herd appeared in the forest. Sadly they were spooked by me and were too far away to be able to get any good pictures of them.

The lakes and parkland here are crossed by a number of walkways of varying difficulty. These are color coded so that anybody from a novice and daytripper to experienced hill climbers can choose their path through the wilderness.

As you walk through the lands here, you encounter a number of historic sites. At the visitors centre is the famed Monastic city, its ruins piercing the skyline. Here you will find The Cathedral, the Priests house, St kevins Church, St Kierans Church, the Church of Our Lady, the Trinity church, The huge round tower and St Saviours Church.

As you walk further you pass the lower lake and then onto the upper lake where the Reefert Church, St Kevins Cell, the Caher, and Temple na Skellig all wait to be explored. Some of the buildings here are among the most important and rare in Ireland for their age and design elements. One of the most important is the double arch gateway that leads into the monastic city, and is the only example of its kind left in Ireland.

Finally, as you reach the end of the upper lake, you can continue walking for another kilometre or so, and you come to the abandoned miners village. This is the remains of a village used by men mining for lead up until 1957. For it having been abandoned so recently, there is amazingly little left, and the ruins of the buildings look a lot older. There is also some old industrial machinery scattered around. Beyond this is a beautiful waterfall cascading down into the boulders.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4173 W: 26 N: 9238] (33764)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-06-06 14:45
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