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Ireland 2008: Doolin to Glendalough

Our sixth morning in Ireland saw us saying good-bye to Margaret as we began the trek from Doolin to Glendalough.

Cliffs of Moher One Last Time

We stopped at the Cliffs of Moher on our way out of town to view the Cliffs in the sun. Breathtaking. After the Cliffs, we truly began our cross-Ireland trek to Glendalough.

Crossing Ireland

We figured out Irish signage on the trek across the country from Doolin to Glendalough. We learned to look for the next town, not our end destination or the next large city. This was working great until we came to one roundabout that only listed street names… Thankfully there was also a gas station at this roundabout so we were able to get directions! We also stopped to take pictures a few times. The tree-less hills and mountains are so strange after the forested hills and mountains of home.

Doolin to Glendalough
Doolin to Glendalough, Ireland interior.

Riversdale House Bed and Breakfast

We reached Riversdale House B&B in the afternoon and settled into our room. Our hostess asked if we needed anything else and we asked about laundry services. I forget the price she quoted, but we were happy to let her do it than lug the dirty clothes into town!

Riversdale House
Riversdale House B&B.

We did take a walk into town from the B&B. There’s a neat stone “path” through the stream outside their house to a walking trail which leads to town.

Riversdale House upstream
Looking upstream before crossing in front of Riversdale House.

St. Kevin’s Monastic City

While walking into the town, we found the ruins of Monastic City. Another ruin site which must have been something to see in its heyday. The ruins are spectacular now. St. Kevin spent most of his solitary life in Glendalough (Glen of Two Lakes). After his death, the area became an impressive city devoted to piety and learning until around the early 1600s.

We wandered around for quite some time before heading back to the B&B to get some rest before heading into Dublin!

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