Wicklow Way Day 5 Glenmalure to Glendalough

Jul 20, 2011 by

Before we set off next morning we had a chat with our fellow residents, the first we’d met on our trip! There was a guy from Italy and couples from Switzerland, Germany and Holland. One of the best parts of travelling is meeting people. 

Ann said the weather was ‘soft’ which meant rain but you could hardly tell. She suggested a route which deviated from the Wicklow Way to get to Glendalough; this would give us better views of the Glendalough lakes but was not recommended unless the weather was clear.

We set off into the forest, climbing steadily. I could feel the rain on my face but my hands were dry, weird. More deer crossed our path as we climbed a steep section up onto open moorland. We decided to check out the alternative route even though the visibility was not good but agreed that the path was not well enough marked to risk it in the mist and re-traced our steps. More woodland walking took us down to the valley of Glendalough

There are two lakes and many paths so some people choose to spend an extra day here. It was very busy and came a quite a culture shock to us but, although there were lots of people, they weren’t intrusive and it was still a peaceful, beautiful spot. There is a small cafe and nature centre by the lakes and when you have passed the monastic city, a visitor centre, hotel and souvenir stands by the village of Glendalough where we arranged to be collected.

We finished the day in glorious sunshine. Kiera, our hosts’ daughter picked us up from the hotel and drove us the short distance to our night’s accommodation. Our b and b, Bramble Rock was in a very quiet situation, on the outskirts of Laragh. Kiera served us with coffee and cake and we were shown our well appointed room. Everything here was of an exceptionally high standard. We had our evening meal at the Wicklow Heather, a short walk down the road. It is deservedly a very popular choice for locals and tourists and I would advise booking to avoid disappointment. Don’t miss the atmospheric Writers’ Room with photos and first editions from Irish writers, as well as one of the best selections of Irish whiskey in the country. The food was delicious and the hotel offers a shuttle service to the local accommodation.


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