Today J and I took a drive through the Wicklow mountains to go and see the Glenmacnass waterfall. It started out quite foggy but the views soon opened up. The Glenmacnass waterfall and valley were beautiful.
Then we had a quick bite to eat in Laragh in the ‘Glendalough Green’ which is a mix between coffeehouse and grocery shop and one of J’s favorites. As it has been raining quite hard for the last week we also decided to revisit Powerscourt waterfall on the assumption that it would be quite large now.
Ended the day with two visits to the Wicklow Avoca stores where J bought a Dutch teatowel.
Short and easy hike up Powerscourt mountain today. It has a huge areal on top so there is a asphalted road leading to the top making the normal muddy experience of going up a Wicklow mountain a lot easier. Some great views of Dublin, Bray and Sally Gap with the mountains behind. You could see almost all my previous hikes.
It’s about 740 meters high but it took me only about 1,5 hrs up and down again because you can park quite high up. Unfortunately you couldn’t hike to the cliffs with the two lakes below due to the amount of very wet peat/bog in between. Very worthwhile walk quite near Dublin very good if you’re a beginner and want to test whether you like it.
Powerscourt estate, waterfall and mountain
Today J and I had a powerscourt day. We first went to the Powerscourt estate, there were some good shops for J and she bought some knitted stuff and then didn’t want to view the gardens and mansion any more. Guess that is a strategy to make me go back there again for more shopping ;-).
We then went to the waterfall which was beautiful but you do have to pay 5.50 pp to see it. Worthwhile though. Then through Sally Gap (where I showed J some of the mountains I have walked) to Powerscourt mountain to see whether it is worth walking. Looked allright, it’s next up.
Dublin around Powerscourt shopping center
Just behind Grafton street there is a set of small streets with great shops. There is much less of the high street names that you see everywhere in the world and more unique shops there. I really like the area, the Powerscourt center is lovely with some good shops, St Georges Arcade, which is often hyped on the internet, was a huge disappointment. Another good day in Dublin with some good buys for J. (I am not allowed to call her wifey anymore).
Sorry about the misaligned pictures, somehow Tumblr ignores the edits I do on the pics and uses the original alignment from the camera :-(