Glendalough and Kilkenny

And while it seemed like no time had passed, I was already on the last leg of my trip. Mom and I flew to Dublin last night and explored downtown. So today we decided to head out of the city.

As y’all will remember, I just adored Glendalough, and I thought my mom would too.  So I found us a day trip that goes to Glendalough and Kilkenny, which I hadn’t been to yet. It was nice to see Glendalough when it was green and not covered in snow, and I particularly enjoyed the fact that there was a little band playing outside our lunch spot.

Our next stop was the Wicklow Gap, way up in the Wicklow Mountains.  We passed waterfalls, reservoirs, bogs, and spectacular panoramic views.

Our final stop was Kilkenny.  The main reason for stopping was to visit Kilkenny Castle which we did, but we managed to get a few other museums and some town wandering in too.

Mom loves old houses that are furnished from the time they were built, so we went to Rothe House & Garden.  Built between 1594 and 1610, it was the home of the renowned merchant, landowner and Mayor of Kilkenny City, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their eleven children, and is really worth a visit.

And we finally made it to the castle.  We did a tour inside, and wandered around the massive (and gorgeous) gardens, before heading back to Dublin.