Thanks Gilda – Lovely to Meet You All

Greetings to you Martin,

Thank  you for the information–it is very kind of you to take the time to send it to us.

WBwDLxcjD9l8PXWr3-megKSJqoMMO37SzL_Wt5bDtOsYour walk was lovely and we all enjoyed it very much.  There is so much history  to learn and our old brains are so full it is sometimes very difficult to stuff in anything else!  Being told the myths and legends and stories, standing on the same ground, gazing upon the physical ruins and remnants of a previous world, brings  it to life in a way that reading a book or pamphlet could never do.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable few hours and we will gladly recommend your services to anyone traveling your way.

Warmest regards,
Picture is of me as one of St. Kevin’s monks for a special walk to celebrate Heritage Week.
I don’t usually dress up ! ! Martin



Good Advice

Glendalough 2

“If you go, hire Martin Swords”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 10 November 2012

We picked a house for a week rental near the town of Shillelagh. I specifically wanted to be in Wicklow, to be near Glendalough. I had been before and was amazed by its beauty and history. But this time, I hired a guide, something I rarely do. He is on TripAdvisor, Martin Swords. This man single-handedly made the experience a journey, not a visit. We were with him for hours, just the two of us.

He told the history, the nature of Pilgrimage, some off-colored jokes about Relics and other saintly items and legends. Martin was a retired teacher, but did not teach, he shared, he led you deeper into Glendalough than I ever would have imagined.

Even without him, this is still one of the most magical and special of places.

A Nice Review – Thank You Alman 1958 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thank you Alman 1958 for a really nice review – glad you enjoyed your

Glendalough Guided Walk (

Come back to Glendalough, or send your friends – I’ll look after them




Glendalough Valley

Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning “Glen of Two Lakes”) is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and destroyed in 1398 by English troops. Kevin, a descendant of one of the ruling families in Leinster, studied as a boy under the care of three holy men. During this time, he went to Glendalough. He was to return later, with a small group of monks to found a monastery where the ‘two rivers form a confluence’.

His fame as a holy man spread and he attracted numerous followers. He died in about 618. For six centuries afterwards, Glendalough flourished and the Irish Annals contain references to the deaths of abbots and raids on the settlement.

Tour of Monastic City, Lakes and Valley

Glendalough Guided Walks

offers visitors the opportunity to journey

into the secret heard of Ireland’s

most beautiful and historic valley

The walk will cover:

  • The History of Glendalough Valley
  • The Ancient Folklore of the Area
  • The Culture of the People
  • Stories of Local Place names
  • Other Points of Interest

This is a gentle walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  There are no mountains or hills to climb.

The walk will finish in the historic Glendalough Hotel with a cup of Tea or Coffee