Date: 7th June 2019
Travelled: 24 kilometres from Valleymount to Glendalough, County of Wicklow
Visited: Wicklow Mountains National Park and the Miner’s Trail
Stayed: National Park car-park, €4 with toilet, water and bin. N53.00675, W06.34448
Budget: 5 days @ €123 per day (include ferry crossing)
After a quiet and uneventful evening in the pub car-park at Valleymount, we have slept in a little. 5.30am is a lot better than 4.30, so perhaps we are leaving the time-zone change behind us. Mind you first light is around 4 am and the birds are chirping away noisily by 4.30.
It’s a fruit and coffee breakfast and we are on the road by 8am, driving the Wicklow Gap.
We decide the Wicklow Gap and its view, make the perfect spot for a camper-car breakfast, so it’s English smoked bacon, eggs and some French St Dalfours’ jam on toast and another coffee as we take in the view.
We continue on to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. We plan a walk here today, but find with horror that parking here is €15 per day for a motorhome. I wasn’t overly rude to the woman at the gate, but I indicated my displeasure. We continue on another kilometre to find a second car-park at €4 per day with services. So we settle in.
Map of Wicklow Mountains National Park and the car-park
After a late lunch and a rest we venture out again this time in the opposite direction. The LP describes the ruins of an ancient monastic complex. So we follow the path downstream for 20 minutes.
So we make our way back to the car-park, there are a few midges buzzing around and we are keen to get inside and lock up. Cannot say it was a great nights sleep as the security guard appeared annoyed by our stay.
Michael and Pam