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Dublin-Kilkenny through Wicklow mountains

Ireland 2008

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large_1297706_14329748781751.jpgIt was a bit of a hassle to get out of Dublin. We drove throuhg Wicklow mountains national park to Glendalough [Glendalough-travel-guide-1309844], one of the must sees on my list. Glendalough is famous for its Monastic Site with Round Tower and the two lakes. But first we drive though the winding roads of the Wicklow mountains with highland like views (sorry if I offended Ireland by that comment, I meant it well). We had to stop a couple of times because of sheep on the road. The famous round Tower at Glendalough is on the cemetery. We have to pass a double gated entrance to get there. The tower is 30 meters high and is said to be the one of the most beautiful in the country.Round towers wereclock towersthat also served as a repository of valuable manuscripts and watchtowers to guard the cemetery against grave robbers.large_1297706_14329749016433.jpg The entrance is mostly placed at about 4 meters above the ground and can be reached by usinga ladder that could be brought in to make it difficult for intruders.The tower is nice but I'm actual more interested in the beautiful irish crosses.

At the cemetery there are also the ruins of a church and several outbuildings. We walked along the Lower lake up to the Upper lake where we went to take a look at the Poulanass waterfall and ruin of the Reefert Church. At Upper lake the trail went further up the slope to another few ruins, but we had seen enough. We walked down the other bank of Lower lake back to the starting point.

On the way to Kilkenny [Kilkenny-travel-guide-937251] we passed the ruins of a abby, we stopped the car to take a look around. Unfortunately the local youth has established its base here, empty beer cans and candy wrappers.

In Kilkenny we found B&B Olinda, bit dated a toilet with issues and bring your own towels but good enough


Posted by Stefmuts 03:49 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes ruins dublin kilkenny high_cross

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