This week end we were visiting Glendalough in Wicklow.
That's an hard place to access without a car (few buses per day) but worth the go. It proposes you some different tracks for different times. We did the 3 hours one.
Well the walk is very nice indeed. The only thing a bit sad in my opinion is most of the walk has wood tracks to follow.
I do understand how muddy it can be, so very difficult to walk up there, but for me it makes the hiking too humanized to be really appreciable.
Beyond that, the landscape is absolutely nice. Even in early spring. You have a stunning view over the lakes and old Abbey.
Tip if you go : the hotel is crap. Taking a drink there was enough to say so.
Last week-end, even if we didn't train, we decided to go to visit a bit Ireland. Most of the people told us to go visit Kerry. It's what we did, more precisely Kilarney (Cill Àirne in Irish - as written up there).
Kerry has the reputation to be an excellent team in Gaelic Football. But this county in the south-west of Ireland has mostly the reputation to have amazing landscapes, i'm speaking about the ring of Kerry, Skellig Isles, National park and so much more !
Unfortunatly, being walkers and there just for a week-end, we didn't get the chance to visit as much as we would.
So, we arrived at Killarney with the train, visit a bit the city, which is not the most amazing part i have to admit, but still a lovely town.
But we weren't here for a town, so we decided to go out of it asap. and we got it right, started with an amazing view :
Then we got the chance to visit the ruins of a XIII th century northmen castle ruins.
The bad part of it is we forgot to take a pic of the ruins from outside.... yes guilty.
Then we coninued to walk through a golf club, had an amazing sunset and finished in a pub. (Irish style yeah !°
The day after we went for a walk towards Killarney natonal park.
At first, we have seen the Ross Castle :
For the story about the Ross Castle :
Ross Castle, Killarney
Then the Muckross house :
And finaly a last place, who has the reputation to be spooky as well, the Muckoss Abbey.
This place has the particularity to have a grown tree inside. Like if the nature comes over the human stuff. Pretty cool in my opinion =)
Muckross Abbey, KillarneyThe ruins you see today, the church, cloister and courtyard with a Yew tree standing guard are stately and well preserved, but they do not begin to tell the story of this 15th century home to the Observatine Franciscan Monks of Irrelagh and their centuries long struggle.
We do like to travel and train. After a trip around Europe, we couldn't stop doing it. Unfortunately, time is not always there. We try to update this globetrotting blog as much as we can !