Converted to Christianity in the 5th century, discover Ireland’s Catholic tradition by visiting its monasteries. You’ll be surprised to learn that while some are in ruins, others are still active. The country’s evangelization has led to the construction of retreat and study locales, most notably the abandoned monastery in Killeany on Inishmore Island. When monastic towns developed in the Middle Ages, Ireland became known for its spirituality and knowledge throughout Europe. The Book of Kells’ superb illuminations, which date back to the 9th century, testify to the artistic excellence the monks of that time possessed. Admire the book’s pages by visiting the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin.
South of the Irish capital in the heart of a green valley, discover the ancient monastic city of Glendalough. As you wander through its remains, you'll appreciate the importance of a site that was active until its destruction in the 13th century. Be sure to admire these monasteries and abbeys’ natural surroundings, such as Connemara’s Kylemore Abbey, which is situated on the shores of a lough (lake).
Reach out to one of our local Evaneos agents to combine a visit to a monastery with a hike in the nearby areas.