Glendalough: Legends and Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Decipher the ruins left by vikings, monks and kings in the Valley of Two Lakes on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Glendalough.


  • See the 900-year-old Glendalough Roundtower, and learn about how it was built.
  • Hear from producer, Musical Tour Guides, a group of history and music lovers
  • Do it all in 45 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control.
  • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home


Glendalough, known as the Valley of Two Lakes, in the Wicklow Mountains National Park is an under-appreciated feather in Ireland's cap. On this walking tour, you’ll take in the site’s picturesque sights and hear the many stories etched into its ancient ruins within the glacial valley. This Glendalough tour starts in front of the impressive stone Gateway. From there, I’ll guide you through the ruins, linking each to key moments in the valley’s history including the Viking raid and how it influenced them to build the second largest Viking ship ever. You’ll hear about the arrival of Saint Lawrence, a prince who’d go on to reshape Christianity in Ireland and unite old enemies with his ambitions and charm. As you take in the area’s many sites, you’ll be enthralled by the tale of Glendalough’s founder and how he built a legacy that lasted over 700 years. I’ll tell you about the Norman invasion, and about Henry VIII who, in his pursuit of a male heir, banned the practice of Catholicism in Ireland for over 250 years and thus dismantling the monastic sites. Along the way to Lower Lake where our tour ends, you’ll see: • The 900-year-old Glendalough Roundtower, and learn about how it was built • Glendalough Cathedral with all of its quirky details and stories • St. Kevin's Church, still to this day an incredible feat of stonemasonry and construction • The Priest House, a cute little monument named because of its use as a mortuary chapel • St. Mary's Church, a monument whose dark stories and sad existence are still shielded to this day • Deerstone Bullaun Stone which is linked to one of the many legends of Glendalough • St Kevin's Cross, also known as the hugging cross that for many years was part of a ritual performed by the pilgrims that visited Glendalough Join us on this 45 minute stroll through one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites.


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • You need to install the VoiceMap smartphone app.
  • You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
  • This tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next.
  • When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
  • This tour is only available in English.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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