Monday 5 September 2016
05.09.2016 - 05.09.2016 19 °C
Today was our last day of travelling. The stay at Blessington Lakes was very enjoyable and we packed up and headed off to the other side of the lake supposedly to the stone cutter’s village but we didn’t see anything to state that. We followed the road east through the mountains as I had seen the name “Glendalough” pronounced “Glenda Loch”. The first stop was at Wicklow Gap at an altitude of around 1200 feet. There was a glacial lake nearby but we didn’t go to it. Sheep wandered freely in this area – no fencing. Further down the hill we could see the remnants of mining of some sort. We also found a lovely stream. Unfortunately, the mine was a lead mine so we were not too keen to drink the water. It was a glorious view downstream just the same. Glendalough was a small village with a visitor’s centre and also a monastic site. There was also a hotel and some shops. It was a lovely spot in the forest.
From there we continued to head towards Dublin and before we knew it, we were in the city outside the Radisson Blu. We were able to leave all our luggage there and head to the airport to take the car back. That was a story in itself as we tried to find a petrol station but many of the places are self-serve. Also I was meant to pay tolls. What a stupid system. I think I paid unnecessarily. Anyway, we were able to get a bus back to the city and then the battle to find where the hotel was as we had no map. Dublin seems to have streets going every this way and that. Tomorrow we’ll do some sight-seeing.