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Address: Birchwood, Glendalough Village, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 87 260 0548
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Description: 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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A walk through history with poetry

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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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 

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Göteborg
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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!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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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!

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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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Maisons-Laffitte
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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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Kerry
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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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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Martin took the time to enlighten two Florida girls about the history of St. Kevin and the historic ruins of Glendalough. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the area was a highlight of our trip and we, like others, wished we could have taken him along on the rest of our journey through Ireland. Meeting with him was definitely a highlight... More 

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Martin provided insight and knowledge that turned what would have been an average walk through historic ruins into an experience that made the monastic settlement seem alive. I wish Martin could have joined our group on other tours that we did.

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NJ USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were fortunate to be the only 3 people on the walk the day we booked with Martin and it turned out to be just about our favorite 4 hours out of our 15 day trip to Ireland. What was supposed to be a 90 minute walk turned into 4 hours of fascinating, insightful and informative combination of history, mythology,... More 

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