If heading up the east coast from Waterford towards Dublin, perhaps on the last day of your Ireland vacation, why not spend some time visiting Glendalough Ireland and Avoca Village in County Wicklow? A stroll around Avoca, a scenic country town and home to the famous Avoca Mill is the perfect place to grab a picnic (homemade jams and scones anyone?!) as you head towards Glendalough. A leisurely hike around the lakes and mountains is a great way to spend a day, before heading back to your last hotel to wind down a bit before you jet off home. Glendalough is definitely not your average ‘touristy’ location and is quite popular with Dubliners looking to get a bit of country air into their lungs without having to drive too far!
Powerscourt Waterfall is another must-see on the way back to Dublin, a small five-euro parking fee gets you in to the land and on a warm day, you must climb down into the waterfall and get some photos on the huge rocks and boulders that scatter around the plunge pool. The waterfall cascades down the rocks turning into a small, but fast flowing stream, where there are plenty of spots to sit under branches and watch the water flow. It’s a huge waterfall, definitely worth a visit!
If you can, head through the Wicklow Mountains on the way back into Dublin City. The mountains of Wicklow are certainly spooky and eerily beautiful in the evening, quite dark and a bit mysterious, a hotspot for Dubliners heading for darkness to watch meteor showers and keep an eye out for gaps and side ditches to park into around the mountains, there are some absolutely stunning views of Dublin City from up here! (Viewpoint is the most famous of all the places to stop here!) If you drive this way in daylight, you will see the barren lands of the mountains, Sally’s Gap and many farms and homes that are nestled in amongst the hills. Just watch out for sheep crossing!
California born Amanda Lynn lived in Dublin with her family for almost 21 years. This enabled her to gain a unique insight into daily life in both countries and cultures and she considers herself somewhat of an expert in knowing where to visit for a more local feel, without totally writing off a bit that ol’ traditional Irish experience!