On arrival you are struck by the old world charm that is not contrived but genuinely homely. The hotel has been an inn since the 18th century so they are well practised at providing pilgrims and walkers with a sincere welcome and you feel like you are joining the family for a social visit.
I went with my daughter for two days on a speciwalkover for walkers. Our room was simply furnished but so warm and cosy. A river in full spate outside our window provided soothing background music. On our first evening we ate by a roaring fire, following a trip to the local woollen mill. Brigid, the cook sources all organic produce and my 10 oz steak was exquisite. Frank is like a waiter from an old novel. Everything was "my pleasure" and he was so polite and accommodating and shy about accepting tips. On our second day we had already decided we were staying an extra night. Each day we were sent off walking with a hearty package lunch. After walking in the mountains and valleys we used to arrive home ( yes home dear reader) to the twinkling carriage lights of our inn. Following a power shower to ease our aching limbs, we would have a splendid meal and finally fall on ORTHPEDIC beds in a room as warm as toast. AND THE BREAKFASTS!! Gourmet is not the word. I love glendalough. It is a special spiritual place. The monastic ruins are not crowded at this time of year. I usually stay at the hostel which is lovely. But dear traveller do treat yourself to a sourjourn at Lynams. As you say farewell you will actually feel lonely. I have been nourished, spoiled, and met some exceptionally hospitable people during my stay. I will most definately return and as I travel back to cork on the bus I am already planning my next stay. So well done all at Lynams and thank
you for such a pleasant stay. THE
SCORE?? 10 out of 10.
Sarah Varian Barry, Cork, Ireland
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