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Address: Birchwood, Glendalough Village, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 87 260 0548
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Hi, I'm Martin Swords, and my Glendalough Guided Walks offers you an...

Hi, I'm Martin Swords, and my Glendalough Guided Walks offers you an interesting guided walk 'n talk for about two hours through the beautiful Glendalough Monastic City and the Valley of the Two Lakes, fascinating, humorous, not too strenuous, no hills to climb,and a nice cuppa' at the Glendalough Hotel to finish

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Wonderful tour for a visually impaired group.

I recently took a group of twenty on one of Martin's walking tours of Glendalough. Our group consisted manly of visually impaired people plus some family and friends. I was in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently took a group of twenty on one of Martin's walking tours of Glendalough. Our group consisted manly of visually impaired people plus some family and friends. I was in contact with Martin quite a bit prior to the visit due to slightly different nature of our group compared to the usual tourists. He could not have been more... More 

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Bridgehampton, New York
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

As a solo senior traveler, I don't hike but still wanted to see Glendalough and the Wicklow Hills. I asked Martin to design a day trip, mostly driving with minimal walking, seeing as much as possible. We ended up having a great time...Martin is a font of knowledge about the area, easy-going and entertaining, with a soulful side (he is... More 

Thank huntphd
Silver Spring, Maryland
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412 reviews
255 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The surroundings of Glendalough are so beautiful. You really don't need a guided tour to enjoy the scenery. Just ensure you check in the Visitor's Center first and you get all the info about the village, hiking trails, cathedral, roundhouse and even about St. Kevin! I was so amazed that much of the structres were preserved!

Thank Steve Y
MartinSwords, Director of Sales at Glendalough Guided Walks, responded to this review

Dear Tripadvisor I suspect this review has been allocate incorrectly as I have never met or guided this reviewer. If he comes back to Glendalough I will be happy to guide him as a compliment to show him the error of his impressions - though he does not seem to be happy anywhere. I am confident in telling the history,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Martin met us at the bus stop at the visitor center in Glendalough and, after giving us a brief overview of the history, began walking us through the ruins of the Abbey. He made the place come alive by giving us the background and asking us to imagine ourselves arriving at the Monastic City as a pilgrim. While we had... More 

Thank Sbstee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was probably my favorite part of my whole Dublin visit. The nature itself is totally of the charts in my opinion. And the guide itself has to be the best guide I have ever encountered. Not much more to say really. This is a MUST DO!

Thank Vagabond_GBG
Bloomington, Indiana
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Martin is in no hurry and has much to say about Saint Kevin and the Monestary at Glendalough. It didn't feel like a tour as it was just my family of 3. More like meeting a friend and walking around listening to interesting stories. We would definitely take another of his tours when we go back. Martin e-mailed several great... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

What a beautiful beautiful place! Everywhere you look you will find it hard to believe this is true nature and not a photoshopped version! The lake is vast and so pretty. The woods surrounding the lake are filled with many varieties of plant, shrub, tree and flower. The entire place is just magical. A great day in the outdoors!

1 Thank 630mel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My wife and myself had a great experience on Martin's guided tour of Glendalough Monastic village and nearby area. Martin provided a wealth of interesting information about the history and culture of the site. We also learned much about the local area fauna and flora, the importance of irish names, and some more modern history of Ireland. Well worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Discovering Glendalough with Martin was quite an experience. It was a beautiful day and we made a historical tour. We loved it ! Martin told us about his country, its history, its legends, it's fauna and flora, all with humour and poetry. We grew seriously fond of him and we missed him during the rest of our trip all around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Scenery spectacular lakes, tall trees, cascades, miners town. all stunning, made you think you were in the likes of Canada it's so vast and beautiful.

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