Easter Road Trip Day 1: Glendalough & Lugnaquilla

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Our second Irish Road Trip took place on the Easter long weekend. We rented a car and had a route mapped out that took us around South Eastern Ireland over a 3.5 day period (see above). The plan worked well, but what we didn’t expect was the warm, sunny weather! It couldn’t have been a better weekend for seeing the country; everything here looks better when the rain stops!

First stop was in County Wicklow where we stayed one night at a little B&B in Glendalough called Derrymore House. It’s owned and operated by a lovely English lady who had been there for over twenty years. The wood-panelled room gave you a cabin vibe, and just off the edge of the property you got a breathtaking view of Lower Lake. She also makes a great Full Irish breakfast! I’d definitely recommend staying with her if you’re in the area.

We spent most of Friday climbing Lugnaquilla, one of Ireland’s highest peaks at 925 metres. I’m not really in to hiking, so naturally I sprained my ankle on the way down (which resulted in a trip to the expensive Swift Clinic for x-rays, but that’s another story).

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We made it to the very top! Look at me go! This was before the ankle debacle. I wasn’t as smiley afterwards..

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Later on, we visited the famous Monastic City of Glendalough which sits in the Lower Valley. We didn’t realise until we got there, but our B&B was just down the street! Such a perfect location.

This historic site dates back to between the 10th and 12th centuries, the most recognizable being the Round Tower which stands some 30 metres tall.

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Like my nice ‘sprained right ankle’ pose?

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