This early Celtic monastery, once an important seat of Christian learning, is situated 30km (19 miles) south of Dublin, between Laragh and Hollywood. Its Gaelic name means 'valley of the two lakes' and there are some breathtaking walks around the monastery and on the lakeshore. St Kevin founded the monastery in the sixth century and his body lies in the ninth-century cathedral; the site is adorned with St Kevin's Cross, carved in about 1150. Nearby are the remains of St Kevin's Kitchen, a 1,000-year-old church.
The opening hours are daily 0930 to 1700 (October to March) and 0930 to 1800 (April to September). The site is best reached by car. Alternatively, the St Kevin's Bus Service departs from St Stephen's Green daily. Its route along the Wicklow Way, through the valleys of the Wicklow Mountains, makes for an idyllic journey.