Dublin and surrounds
This morning our priority was to get to Harvey Norman at Carrickmines to purchase a replacement charging cable for the laptop. The sat nav device unfortunately did not have this near new retail development and we needed an alternative. Ian obtained good instructions from a service station attendant and we found the Harvey Norman store without too much trouble. We purchased the cable and then found a café in the mall and had some brunch.
From there we headed south to Glendalough. This is the location of an ancient abbey and pretty hillside lakes. The abbey dates back to the 10th century. Near the lake a waterfall was cascading down the hill through the trees. The sun came out briefly and we got some good photos.
Upon leaving Glendalough we headed further south and drove through some beautiful forests to Avoca and then across to the coast at Wicklow. Wicklow is a typical Irish seaside village with brightly coloured and well maintained shops and houses. We found a seaside hill overlooking the town with the ruins of an ancient castle around a thousand years old.
From Wicklow we travelled back to Dublin to check where we need to go in the morning to catch the early ferry to Holyhead. After finding the way we headed back to the southern suburb of Dun Laoghaire where we are staying at the Royal Marine Hotel. With a large brunch we didn’t bother with lunch. We quickly checked the cable worked and then had coffee and scones downstairs in the hotel’s casual dining area.
After the caffeine recharge we walked the local streets and looked for dining options for later. We ended up with a choice of one within walking distance. It was actually warm enough for Ian to walk the streets in a t shirt. No coat required. According to the car it briefly reached 19 degrees on our way back from Dublin Port to the Hotel. That is the warmest we recorded in our week here. Ireland has lived up to our high expectations. It is truly beautiful.