Song of the day today is “The Craic was 90 in the Isle of Man” by the Dubliners.
I’m at the end of day two outside the city centre; this time, I ventured to the beautiful Wicklow mountains.
The tour I went on this time around was much smaller (Cliffs and Galway tour was a 54 person coach, Wicklow mountains tour only had about 13 people total. Nice little group). We had the option to going for a nice hike, to Powerscourt Estate, or, as I did, go horse riding. One of the best decisions I have made by far.
I was paired up with the adorable Gerry. He’s a 12 year old little guy who’s built like a tank. Little slow moving and certainly reluctant to go any speed above a slow trot, he’s what the stable hands called “an auld soldier.” We got on just perfectly.
After an afternoon of riding around the mountainside, we worked up quite an appetite. Lunch of Guinness and beef pie was had at Poppies (if you’ve seen Leap Year, this little place was in the movie) in Enniskerry.
Next stop was at Ireland’s tallest waterfall. I know! Not really an island known for waterfalls, but I’ll take it!
Then, I got to see one of the main reasons I wanted to get into the Wicklow mountains – Lough Tay (or Guinness Lake). Fun story, actually on the Guinness family estate in Wicklow. I did not know that. The lake even looks like Guinness!
After weaving through the mountains, we made our way to Glendelough to see an ancient ruins of a monastery. Absolutely beautiful place. We only had about an hour there, but it was well worth the little stop.
By the time I got back to my hostel, I was spent. Tomorrow is my second to last full day in Dublin, so I have a few last-minute fun things planned. Stay tuned!