Today was our last day in the Dublin Area. Since we had seen most of the city sights we wanted to see, we booked a tour to Wicklow. It was a cool, crisp morning, but the sun was shining. The drive to Wicklow goes up into the Wicklow Mountains and through the Sally Gap pass and into the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It is an absolutely stunning drive and with the sun the views were spectacular!
Another waterfall tumbling down the hillside.
Here is a view of the bogland that stretches on either side of the pass. It is covered with heather and furze. Now a mottled brown but when in bloom they would create a carpet of purple and yellow. How glorious!
This green glen belongs to the Guinness family. There is a lake there as well. Quite a nice spot. The family doesn’t live there now but rents it out…to rock stars mostly. Paul McCartney was here when he wrote the song Yesterday. Or at least that was what our guide told us.
At last we arrived at Glendalough Monastary. Founded by St Kevin in the seventh century. It survived until Henry VIII sent his men raging around sacking monasteries.
After lunch at a local pub, we arrived at the Avoca Weaving Mill. They are the oldest weavers in Ireland having started in 1723. They make beautiful blankets, tweeds and scarfs. They also have sweaters and other craft items. Unfortunately the weaving part is closed on the weekends. But they did have a video and what they called a memorabilia room with some things.
But just outside the door was this. The beauty of this simple arrangement of kale, heather and pansies is breathtaking. Nothing in the shop came close to this. The beauty in nature just can not be surpassed!
I will leave you with that image. Tomorrow we pick up a car and head north. The adventure continues….