Today I got to know Ireland’s green scenery during our excursion to Glendalough and the Powerscourt Gardens. We drove about an hour south of Dublin to the countryside in County Wicklow.
Glendalough, which means “the valley of two lakes,” was our first stop. It’s a very tranquil place most well known for its medieval monastery. During the 6th through 9th centuries, it was home to a prosperous community—art and education thrived thanks to the success of the monastery.
We took a guided tour of the ruins of the ancient abbey, including a cemetery full of Celtic crosses.
Even though it was raining, we walked down a trail to get a closer look at the glacial lake. The views were beautiful and the fog added a mystical feeling to the whole setting.
Next, we continued on to the nearby Powerscourt Estate. We stopped for lunch in the house before touring the extensive, perfectly manicured gardens. There were over 250 kinds of trees throughout the property! The Wicklow mountains in the distance made for the perfect backdrop.
While all the different gardens were gorgeous, the colorful Japanese Garden was my favorite one.
It rained on and off throughout the day, but my group and I didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits—we decided that it gave us an authentic Irish experience.
Have you ever been to Glendalough? What did you think?