Hello Everyone and Happy Sunday,
I hope you had a nice week and a lovely weekend.
It has been a while since I wrote something about travelling and exploring Ireland and in the next couple of weeks, I will share some of my recent exploring experiences around Dublin and Ireland 🙂
This weekend in Ireland we have lovely, sunny weather, which wasn’t the case when I was traveling. Last weekend, I went on a weekend trip to Wicklow. Not so far away, but I wanted to try working from my laptop for two days combining it with weekend and green walks. As there are quite a few places around Dublin, I choose Wicklow, in case I can’t work, I can quickly come to my place.
Well, working was fine, but the weather wasn’t so good for green walks, at least not for longer ones. Anyway, last Saturday I could go for about a 4-hour walk with some sun – was so happy. In the morning when I saw the weather, I was so glad it was sunny, no wind and no sign of coming rain. (not for a long, unfortunately)
A little bit about Wicklow:
Wicklow is a small and cute county town located south of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland, about 45 km away from the capital. It can be reached very easily from Dublin by car, train, bus, and even cycling. The travel time is about 1 hour by car or train -plus-minus a couple of minutes.
Getting around the town is perfect on foot or cycle, with a city centre close to the harbour. The entire town is on the coastal line and you could grab a coffee and dring it next to the sea in the mornings – which I try to do, but it was drizzling some rain 🙂
It is a great place to stay and explore Wicklow county as there are quite a few places and activities to visit- when the weather is not so rainy and windy 😉
A lot of green walks, small towns, and green spaces, no wonder some called it the garden of Ireland. If you visit Dublin, you will hear about Powerscourt garden, Wicklow way, and quite a few attractions in the area of the town.
Green Coastal walk
As I stayed in B&B at the end of the town, very close to one of the green walks, (one of the reasons I booked), didn’t want to go to the town center have breakfast, and start from there the green walk.
I planned to have breakfast, coffee and walk from the nearby Lighthouse, down to the other end of the town. So after breakfast, I started walking, luckily the weather was clear and sunny and no sight of rain coming. Completely different from the previous two days, I thought how lucky I am 🙂
My google map was showing me a shortcut to go to the lighthouse, which I didn’t realize was a private gateway.
Wondering if I should go through the path- didn’t want to go back and around, but luckily some people allowed me to go ahead. Probably they have used with the locals going up and down the path hill.
Walking up the hill, it felt so tranquil.
I wanted to go around the lighthouse, but there were signs that you are not allowed and I couldn’t see someone to ask, so I walked for a few minutes around and made some photos, without going inside the area.
I turned a few meters back and started walking onto the green path around the cliffs.
It is so picturesque:
And strictly no bikes:
I am wondering if there are so adventurous people to try to cycle there- it is very close to the edge.
There were not so many people, which was nice as you can soak the sound of nature around. And I am happy I went the weekend before although the weather, as this weekend I am guessing would be quite full and busy as its proximity to Dublin and people try to have a weekend gateway with the nice weather 🙂
For a couple of minutes, I stopped and listened to the wave and the wind, it was so relaxing and perfect for a short morning mediation 🙂
After a while walking, I reached a beach and was surprised you can go down on it, but you can. Unfortunately, as it was a natural habitat for seals during this time of the year, it is not allowed to go there, as the seals can get scared. I saw quite a few from the top of the cliffs.
There are quite a few beaches like this – ps these are not sandy beaches but rocky and still pretty and nice to have a picnic when the weather allows.
I took a couple of pictures and kept going along the coastal line.
There were a few places I was walking very close to the edge, but it wasn’t so dangerous.
There is a golf playground a huge one and you can hear people talking and moving around with buggies. I reached another beach with no seals this time, but as we’ll didn’t realize this was the end of this side of the walk. I was thinking you can walk the entire coastline of the town, but it appears that there is a section that is occupied by the golf playground, which is not part of the walking loop.
Anyway, it started raining, drizzling with clouds so I went out at that end/beginning of that way.
I didn’t want to go back to my place so I decided to go grab a coffee from the town center and walk to the harbour.
I walked for a couple of meters and somewhere on the way, I saw a small sideway between houses that seemed to lead to the coastal line.
Ps- the main town street goes through the entire town in and out so it is really easy to get around.
I was right, I reached some kind of historical place/ ruins which is called Black castle.
I spend some time walking around and taking photos, by that time the rain/ drizzle had stopped, but it was cloudy.
As it was early afternoon and the weather wasn’t so good for a further walk, my initial plan was to walk the entire coastal line of the town, which I almost did. I had a small section left going to one of the lakes on the upper side of Wicklow, but instead decided to buy some groceries and cook something myself at the B&B
Although I did explore the town and it was a nice time going for a short gateway, most of the time it was rainy, and this short hike was my highlight of the weekend 🙂
The views are just amazing, and I am so lucky I had a bit of sunshine 🙂