This very interesting article excerpt on the Vikings in Ireland is from a travel company, IB4UD, Ireland Before You Die, and it lists most if not all the important Viking sites in Ireland. (Ed.)
It’s believed that the first Vikings in Ireland arrived on Irish shores around the late 8th century and repeatedly invaded the Irish coastline from the 9th to the 11th century.
While it’s true that the Vikings terrorized the Irish people during their 9th to 11th-century raids on Irish towns and monasteries, they also had an undeniable and significant role in shaping and influencing many of Ireland’s largest cities which, still to this day, have strong links and ties to the Vikings.
In this article, we will list what we believe are the top five places that were raided by Vikings in Ireland.
Glendalough, Wicklow – one of Ireland’s most ancient monastic sites
Glendalough is an ancient monastic site that is located in the stunning Wicklow National Park. The monastery became a target for a widescale Viking invasion in the 9th century as the Vikings raided the monastic city in the hopes of finding valuable relics.
While this Viking raid resulted in the destruction of many sites on the monastery, Glendalough as a whole survived and continued to remain one of Ireland’s most important ancient monastic sites.
Glendalough is still a popular tourist attraction to this day and attracts thousands of visitors every year.