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Beyond Glendalough’s Monastic City

The monastic city of Glendalough, just south of Dublin, is popular with tourists for its wonderful restored round tower, church, and picturesque views. But few tourists take the time to wander beyond the once bustling settlement and into the beautiful valley of the two lakes. In the Glendalough Valley are 9 marked walks of varying difficulty. […]

Uninterrupted Time at Rathgall Hillfort: Shillelagh, Co Wicklow

While not a place you would necessarily make a destination in itself, the Rathgall Hillfort in Wicklow (just west of Tullow, Carlow) is a lovely stop if you find yourself nearby. While excavations have taken place here, the site now sits on its peak awaiting any travelers who happen to search it out (or take […]

A Sweet Stop at the Chocolate Garden of Ireland: Rath, Co Wicklow/Carlow

Nestled at the edge of County Wicklow, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a treat for travelers of any age. While the Chocolate Garden is a tasty stop any day, if you can plan ahead to attend one of their Chocolate Workshops, your whole day will be sweeter.  The hands-on workshop includes a bit of […]

Secret Valley in the Wicklow Mountains: Aughrim, Co Wicklow

Aughavannagh Valley is a secluded valley deep in the Wicklow Mountains at the foot of Lugnaquilla the highest mountain in Wicklow. Steeped in history, the valley is also on the route of The Wicklow Way – Ireland’s most famous long distance walking trail. Wicklow Holiday: Aughavannagh Valley Wikipedia: Aughavannagh Wicklow Way: Official Site Submitted by […]

Rathgall Hill Fort: Rath East, Co Wicklow/Tullow, Co Carlow

Situated on the Carlow/Wicklow border, Rathgall is a fascinating hillside fortification with 8th century outer walls and later medieval inner walls. Vast in scale, it shows it’s former importance as a huge Bronze Age forge. Situated 5km from Tullow off the R725 Shillelagh Road. Signposted with direct access. Carlow Tourism: Rathgall Cultural Heritage Ireland: The […]

Pet Cemetery: Mount Usher Gardens, Co Wicklow

Wandering through the gardens at Mount Usher, I found the pet cemetery. Where Muffin and Fluffy can rest in peace in one of Ireland’s “Most Romantic” gardens. Official site: www.mountushergardens.ie Hans van der Boom: Graves for Pets Podcast: Gardens of Ireland  

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