The Upper Lake, is an Irish lake located in the hollow of a valley in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The area is wild and very popular with visitors, who like to walk along its shores… It must be said that the area is exceptional, and even has a renowned archaeological site: the monastery of Glendalough!
Upper Lake is one of the only lakes in the Park, along with Lower Lake. These two lakes between them surround the mountain range of the Wicklow Mountains, and thus stretch out over the whole valley in a striking spectacle .
Their appearance changes particularly during the day, or with the weather: Upper Lake can sometimes take on a blue hue in good weather, and a deep, dark colour in stormy weather…
Fishermen should be prepared: even if the lake is tempting, it is forbidden to fish there (unless exceptionally authorized by the organization in charge of the protection of the Wicklow Mountains National Park).
The shores of the lake can be explored mainly on foot, as the Park prohibits all vehicle use to better preserve the area. The hike is rather nice, especially as you will cross on your way the famous Glendalough monastery, a religious complex of the 6th century, particularly well preserved …
Its visit is free, and really worth a look, with its round tower, its cemetery, and its high carved crosses. It is a tourist mecca for Irish heritage!