Choosing The Perfect Glendalough Accommodation

Whether travelling from within Leinster or flying across the water to visit our beautiful little island, you’ve found this blog post in the hope of booking accommodation in Glendalough. We are here to provide some local knowledge so you are armed with all the information before completing your booking!

The first thing to note is that Glendalough is located approximately 49km from Dublin City Centre. With Dublin traffic, this equates to about 1 hour and 10 mins in a car and 1 hour 40 minutes by bus or private coach. If you are looking for all transport information for Glendalough, make sure to check out our post that covers all directions to Glendalough. Being almost 50km away from Dublin, your best option is to book a hotel, b&b or guest house for 1 or 2 nights to give you ample time to explore everything Glendalough and its surrounding areas have to offer. A simple half day trip is just never enough, trust us!

So, to book a hotel or not – a question we get asked all the time!

Personally speaking, we tend to advise travellers to book something a little smaller and more traditional when choosing accommodation in Glendalough. The reason is simple – you’ve travelled to one of the oldest valleys in Europe, steeped in heritage and tradition, give us a reason why not to stay in a traditional Irish b&b or guest house?

Don’t get us wrong, we do love a luxurious hotel for some much needed R&R after the busy season here at the Wicklow Heather. That being said, a visit to the Wicklow mountains is less about rest and more about exploration and discovery. So, instead of booking a hotel that may be 20km away from the best hiking trails in Ireland, base yourself in the heart of the Wicklow mountains and get some local accommodation in Glendalough instead. If you head over to Booking.com or TripAdvisor, you will find upwards of 60+ guest houses and bed and breakfasts near Glendalough that are a fraction of the cost of staying in a hotel. Most packages come with a traditional Irish breakfast included and hosts are more than happy to provide local information about hiking trails, restaurants and places to enjoy a picnic on sunny days. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best accommodation in Glendalough?

This is very much down to a personal preference. However, when searching for accommodation we cannot stress how important the location is. With so many fantastic trails and amenities, it is recommended to get a place in or close to Glendalough to spend as much time out of the car as possible!

Is it expensive to stay in Glendalough?

This depends on your choice of accommodation. Guest houses and B&Bs start at €55 PPPN. Depending on the season, hotel prices can vary greatly.

Are there restaurants in Glendalough?

Glendalough is located beside the stunning village of Laragh. There are plenty of restaurants in Laragh and surrounding areas for you to choose from. Of course we have to be somewhat biased here at The Wicklow Heather but if you do choose to dine elsewhere, there are plenty of options in Roundwood and other areas on the way back to Dublin.

Are there activities to do in Glendalough?

There are various outdoor activities on your doorstep. Whether you want a relaxed hill walking experience or adrenaline pumping mountain biking, Glendalough and surrounding areas have a little bit of something for everyone!