The old stone tower you see in the back of the photo was a watch tower. There are several along the coast of Ireland. They thought or heard Napolean planned to attack and built these towers to watch for him.
We headed to Wicklow National Park from here.
On the way to Wicklow we stopped to eat at the highest village in Ireland, Roundwood. They had beautiful Sequoia trees everywhere.
Actually we stopped at Avoca Handweavers first…I loved that store. We bought a coffee and snack here. Their pastries were so amazing I bought their Tea Time cookbook!
We stopped in Roundwood for lunch and shopping! I bought some celtic music and crafts here.
Next stop was Guinness Lake! Because they said it’s shaped like a pint of guinness? I think they had too many pints when they named it! Nevertheless, it is a beautiful lake.
Many films were made in this area of the Wicklow mountains to include, Excalibur, Braveheart, PS. I love you, Saving Private Ryan. The bridges and road in the photo below were used many times in films. Not hard to imagine considering the beauty of this land.
Next stop was Glendalough…I was truly spellbound by it’s beauty and it was exactly what I envisioned Ireland to be. Glendalough is pronounced Gleann Dá Loch, which means valley of two lakes. Which we actually hiked to during this stop! It is the oldest monastary in Ireland. You can read about it here.
Entrance into the Monastary.
Photo of Glendalough’s round tower, a place of refuge for the monks, storage, and used as a landmark.
The oldest headstone is said to be dated at 1500 years.
Inside the remains of the cathedral.
hiking up to the upper lake of Glendalough
Back to Dublin at the end of the tour…& the infamous Trinity College!
And here is Trinity College lit up a night for St Patrick’s Day.
I did not take photos of the place we ate at…but we had Irish burgers and Brown Sauce…that’s what they call it…I think it’s a twist between ketchup and bbq sauce…they love it in Ireland and pretty much put it on everything. I loved it!