The Guinness Lake, the PS I Love You Bridge + a 6th Century Monastery.

Today we decided to be ‘real’ tourists, in the sense that we booked on a tour bus. Not normally our cup of tea, we wanted to see a bit of the Irish countryside and with the prices of everything in Europe, a coach trip was way cheaper than renting a car. So we got up bright and early and jumped on a Wild Wicklow tour bus, taking us through to Glendalough region to see some ‘hidden mountains and barren boglands’.

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We started driving through Dublin, our guide pointing out James Joyce historic landmarks all over the place. We head down to the coast, and stopped for a while along the cold waterfront.

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We stopped off at the beautiful Avoca Handweavers store, tucked away in a green, lush garden, and had raspberry cheesecake brownies and pear and vanilla scones.

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Onwards then out to the wilderness – we stopped off above the Guinness lake that provides all the water to the brewery. So, you’ve pretty much all drunk from this lake.

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Next up was a stop looking over the plains at all the peat – Eric, of course only thinking about whiskey, stared out and said ‘I shall drink you one day…’

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We head on over the bridge from the movie P.S I Love You where Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler meet. We drove over the plains from the battle scenes in Braveheart.

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We drove through the Irish ‘Hollywood’, taking a peek into Enya’s castle, Bono’s estate, Daniel Day Lewis’s modest house, and through Van Morrisons gates:

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Then we head over to Glendalough lake, then over to a 6th Century Monastic Settlement.

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Finishing the day with a toast of Jameson Whiskey, we head back to Dublin and finished the day back at Ireland’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head with warm bowls of Beef and Guinness stew.

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