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  • Day21

    Wicklow mountains national park

    September 24, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Today was the start of the driving part of the trip. I picked up my car in Dublin. I had originally booked an intermediate size car but upgraded to a diesel car and I think I’m glad I did. The original car looked like a station wagon. The car I have is a VW Passat. It’s a bit fancy which means it has unnecessary bells and whistles. It keyless, stops itself when I’m stopped in traffic and has a tiny handbrake which makes hill starts quite hard. The first time I parked I couldn’t get it in reverse. There is no manual and eventually I had to ring the car hire place to ask them. It turns out you need to push the gear stick down and then put it in first to put it in reverse! Who designs these things??
    One thing I forgot to check before driving off was the speed limit! Fortunately I didn’t get too far before I saw a sign saying it is 50 km/hr in built up areas. Thank goodness for GPS! I don’t know where all the street signs are but I couldn’t find them. I saw three street signs, for minor streets off the major street I was driving on, on low walls. I didn’t see a sign for a major road.

    I made my way to Glencree which is at the northern part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. From there to Glendalough I took the Old Military rd which was stunning. I don’t know if it is technically moorland but that’s what it reminded me of.
    The roads were every bit as narrow and windy as I had been warned they wold be. Even so I was still surprised at how long it took to get anywhere.

    I stopped of in Glendalough to take a look at the upper lake and all the beautiful scenery. I would have liked to spend longer but I was still a way from Waterford. I got here about 7pm. I’m staying in the industrial area of the town but the hotel and room are fine.
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  • Day5

    Wicklow Mountains National Park

    June 7, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Unser nächster halt war der Wicklow Mountains National Park. Dort hatten wir zehn Minuten, um von der Plattform Teile der gigantischen Berge zu sehen. Trotzdem grauem Himmel und Regen war der Ausblick sehr schön.Read more

  • Day5


    June 7, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Unser letzter Stop war in Glendalough. Dort haben wir uns die mittelalterliche Klosteranlage angesehen und sind von dort aus zu den beiden Seen gegangen, die trotz regnerischen Wetter sehr schön waren. Anschließend haben wir einen Schäfer besucht, der uns erklärt hat, wie man einen Schäferhund trainiert und wir konnten zusehen, wie sein Hund die Schafsherde zusammenhält. Das war sehr beeindruckend, da der Hund nur aufgrund seiner Pfiffe wusste, wohin er leiten muss.

    Anschließend endete unsere Tour und wird sind zurück nach Dublin gefahren.
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  • Day1

    Wicklow Mountains

    August 31, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    There is only one path leading back to the parking lot, but, somehow, we still manage to get lost. When we finally find our way back to the bus, we will manage to get back there in time. However, it looks like we are the last ones as our driver starts the engine the very moment we get on the vehicle... 🙄

    Upon leaving Glendalough, we take a mountain road called "Braveheart Hollywood Drive". Apparently, some famous scenes of the Mel Gibson's movie where shot here... and we soon understand why.
    When we start driving up the Wicklow mountains, an amazing view opens up: the trees of the Glendalough valley leave place to a barren landscape made of rocks dotted with lilac heather plants and yellow flowers. We stop close to the ruins of an abandoned mine to take some pictures and I must say that this place is truly moody. Before letting us off the bus, Sean warns us to watch out for deer, sheep, wolves... and Leppercaurns!

    When we resume our drive, we start again seeing some clusters of pine trees: these are however planted, while the ones in Glendalough were spontaneous. Sean explains that once forests covered Ireland, but when the first men came here during the Ice Age, they started chopping the trees down leaving a black swampy land called "bogland".

    We keep driving up the mountains and then down towards our next destination: Waterford. And the Celtic music played by Sean seems to have a strong sleep-inducing effect on us...😴 😴 😴
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