Wicklow Mountains Bonus

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We actually landed early in Dublin this morning… 5:00am early! Daylight Saving Time in the US and here in Ireland aren’t quite in synch for another few weeks, so in reality it was 1:00am for us. No sleep on the plane saw more than a few yawns as we grabbed our bags and headed off to the rental car counter.

Knowing that we couldn’t check in to our Dublin city center hotel until early afternoon, we decided to seize the bonus opportunity to explore and wandered off into the Wicklow Mountains. Just south of Dublin, it doesn’t take long to get into the wilds of windswept and desolate bogland, and we made the best of our morning spent there.

We were in and out of the fast-moving clouds as we traversed what pass as roads here in Ireland, where back in the US they might… and I mean might… be wide enough to be considered a bike path. Seriously… though spectacularly beautiful, the country roads here can be incredibly narrow, making for an exciting ride at times.

A huge full Irish breakfast in a little village called Glendalough lifted the spirits tremendously, and Sam got to experience the big deal that is tea and toast… yum, yum. And then off to Dublin for St. Paddy’s Day…

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8 thoughts on “Wicklow Mountains Bonus

  1. Argy Nestor

    Certainly is PRETTY in Wicklow! I can hear the wind blowing in the clouds, what MOVEMENT! Not quite getting the temperature… please do tell, what is it?
    I am so glad to see that you landed and are OFFFFF!

    • Thanks Argy… when the wind was howling up in the hills we were absolutely freezing, but then the sun would come out for a while and warm us up. Officially I think we are looking at 10 degrees Celsius all week… that’s 50F where you come from! Not bad!

  2. Lori

    Nice! Thanks for skyping this a.m. 🙂

    Didn’t we run over a boulder somewhere in the Wicklow mountains last time we were over??

    • David Patterson

      The Wicklow Mountains do have a very similar look to them as the Mournes… both are wild and windswept, and both are ruggedly beautiful.

      You mean where we hit the boulder that was lying hidden on the side of the road as we came around a tight bend on a narrow road. The one that was unavoidable?

      😉

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