Shops and restaurants are available in the village of Laragh within five minutes walk of the Hermitage Centre:
The Glendalough Hotel (15 minutes walk) also serves food and drink.
Glendalough Monastic Site and National Park is located one kilometre (10-15 minutes walk) from the Hermitage Centre. Information, a guided tour and a video screening on monasticism in Ireland are available in the Visitors’ Centre.
The Hermitage Centre is also well-placed for access to a large network of walks in the beautiful scenery of the Wicklow mountains. These include:
For those who wish to remain in quiet as they walk, Brockagh Woods and Mountain are adjacent to the Hermitage Centre and provide a number of beautiful walks which can be made in peace and tranquillity even at times when Glendalough National Park is busy.
Public transport is available from Dublin to Glendalough. St. Kevin’s Bus Service runs a twice daily service leaving St. Stephen’s Green north in Dublin city centre at 11.30 am and 18.00 pm. Contact (01) 2818119 for further details or visit www.glendaloughbus.com.
When requested, the bus driver will stop at the turn for the Hermitage Centre in Laragh village (before you come to Glendalough). Ask for St. Kevin’s Parish Church.
It is also possible to get a bus or train from Dublin to Rathdrum or Ashford and then to get a taxi to Laragh.
In the spirit of the hermitage experience, internet access and telephone access are not available to guests at the Hermitage Centre. Internet access is available at a minimal charge in the Brockagh Resource Centre which is adjacent to the Hermitage Centre.
Unfortunately, pets cannot be facilitated in the Hermitage Centre. However, kennels are available in Rathdrum and Wicklow town.
Daily mass is available (except in the occasional absence of the parish priest) in St. Kevin’s parish church which is adjacent to the Hermitage Centre. The times are as follows:
Mon – 9.00 am
Tues – 7.00 pm
Wed-Thu – 9.00 am
Fri – 7.00 pm
Sat – 7.00 pm (vigil mass)
Sun – 10.30 am
The sacrament of reconciliation is available on Saturday evenings or by request.
Communion Service – Sunday – 9.15 am
A Church of Ireland communion service is available on Sundays in St. John’s parish church which is located in the village of Laragh about 10 minutes’ walk from the Hermitage Centre.
Additional religious services take place on an occasional basis. Information is available on request.