Ramble Amid Ruins in Ireland

wicklow mountains church monastery

Ramble Amid Ruins in Ireland

Ramble Amid Ruins in Ireland

In Ireland, they call their hikes hill walks or rambles. You'll have your pick of paths at Wicklow Mountains National Park in the valley of Glendalough near Dublin. Nine routes vary from a 30-minute stroll to a four-hour hill walk. The peaceful park offers views of stunning lakes and valleys carved by glaciers. The lands also are home to centuries-old monastic ruins -- six churches that were founded by Saint Kevin in the sixth century.

We recommend the Miners' Road Walk, or purple route, for your stroll. Hikers regularly see feral goats and soaring peregrine falcons on the three-mile route, which brings you past Saint Kevin's Bed, a small cave seen on the opposite side of a lake where the monk is said to have slept.

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