Many people know the very famous book ‘P.S. I Love You‘ by Cecilia Ahern which was later on made into a movie. The book takes us through a series of emotions but what also stays behind is the beautiful countryside of Ireland.
Owing to less time on our hands, we decided to go for a half day tour arranged by Paddywagon to Wicklow Mountains National Park. If you’re hiring a car you can cover a lot more and go to a lot many other places apart from the tour itinerary.
Just 45 minutes out of the Dublin city center lie the Wicklow Mountains which is a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike. These mountains owe their existence to the last ice age and the major rivers around Dublin find their sources here.
We started off at 8.15 a.m. from the pickup point at Molly Malone Statue and were at our first location by 9.00 a.m.- Lough Tay (also known as the ‘Guinness Lake’). This lake is situated on private property and hence cannot be accessed directly. But, the best viewing point to get a feel of the lake would be from atop and that’s what we witnessed. The lake is lined by white sand, making it look like a nice pint of a perfectly poured Guinness. The 360 degree view of the mountains is more striking and should be even more breathtaking during spring time.
Many Vikings and Braveheart fans will jump around with joy on noticing familiar locations from the series. This is a popular spot and probably one of the most photographed locations in Wicklow. And to walk along where Holly did with Gerry felt so nice. I would suggest carrying a down jacket and a cap to save yourself from the ever-changing weather in the mountains. I practically froze due to the winds near the lake and could not manage to take my hands out of my pocket.
We headed to the Monastic City near Glendalough from the Guinness Lake. The Wicklow Mountains are home to a lot of sheep. Well, most of Ireland is anyways. You’ll be happy to take in the beautiful green landscapes along with specks of white sheep and typical farm animals like horses and cows.
This monastic site in Glendalough has endured a lot of invasions and is one of the oldest settlements dating back to the 12th century. When moving around the city, you come across The Gateway, an entrance to the city. It is followed by a small cemetery and a tall structure known as the ‘Round Tower’.
We ended up on the Green Road Walk which took us about an hour to do the entire loop. It is a fairly easy walk and with a boardwalk in place, it should be accessible year around. The walk takes you to the lower lake and in through the inhabitants of the area. If you’re lucky, you might spot the locals (sheep!) here.
After the walk, we proceeded back to the city. This half day tour took us about 4.5 hours from when we started at 8.30 am from the City Centre. If you’re visiting Ireland and want to get a feel of the countryside without having to drive, you can always book local tours from the city.
There’s so much to explore on the Emerald Isle and I am not done yet. Spring is around the corner and it seems like a good time to explore the countryside. Until next time when I might be trotting around a new place, adios!