The well and stone steps

St Kevin's Well

Holy Well/Ancient Well

Known as St Kevin's well, this wonderful ancient well is probably much older than the nearby monastic city here at Glendalough. The well is situated inside a small circular mound with four stone steps on the northside leading down to the water. To the east of the well is a fairly new looking rag tree, but very few clooties were attached to the tree on our visit. Now is probably a good time to visit as a lot of bracken and fern have been cleared from the surrounding area and the mound was clearly visible from the track that leads to St Saviour's Church. A pilgrimage takes place at Glendalough on the 3rd June and includes a visit to the well.

Situated: From the car-park head south to the wooden bridge. Turn left onto the track and walk east for about 60 metres. Keep looking to your left till you see the trees in the image opposite. The well sits below these trees.

Discovery Map 56: T 1270 9668. Last visit May 2013.

Longitude: 6° 19' 10" W

Latitude: 53° 0' 31" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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