Glendalough National Park Swim
With crystal clear waters and sweeping mountain views, Glendalough offers the perfect Irish swim venue!
The Grand Finale of GSS schedule in Ireland is the Glendalough National Park Swim, once again hosted by Open Water Swimmer Ireland, which offers a two day full weekend of swimming consisting of a 750m and 1.5km swim on Saturday and Sunday has an iron distance 3.9km swim. This event has sold out in all of the past three years, so don’t miss out on the action!
Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning “glen of two lakes”). The combination of stunning scenery and fascinating monastic history makes for an outdoor experience not to be missed. Glendalough valley was carved out by a glaciers during the ice age which formed the two lakes from which Glendalough gets its name. The upper lake being our venue.
In Irish mythology as with many of our Irish lakes Glendalough has also had an unwanted visitor in the form of a monster which lived in the upper lake. This creature was preying on the local congregation which was growing due to the popularity of Saint Kevin. The feeling among the people was in favour of killing the creature but Saint Kevin, an animal lover, would not let this happen. But,luckily for us, Saint Kevin entreated the creature to move to the lower lake where it lived feeding on the sickness washed from the livestock that were driven through the lakes by the locals.
Spring fed waters, oak lined banks and on the edge of the Wicklow mountains with sprint 750m, Olympic 1.5km, and Iron 3.9km distances to choose from, the Glendalough National Park swim has something for everyone and is without doubt a race not to be missed!