Getaway to Ireland & why you need to look out for snow in February

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

I’m not entirely sure what inspired Matt and me to go to Ireland: the pictures we’ve seen, the extremely cheap Ryanair flights in the winter, or the fact that it was the filming location of the series “Vikings”. Probably all of the above.

Lake in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
Britta's Bay in Wicklow, Ireland

We rented a cottage in the Wicklow Mountains, in the middle of nowhere (yet so close to everything: mountains (obviously), forests, the sea, and Tesco). We had a kitchen, a fireplace, a very nice host with two adorable dogs, and an incredible view on the mountains. February is still quite cold for hiking and visiting, but we made do with warm clothes and shoes.

Glendalough in Wicklow, Ireland
Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

We visited Glendalough, went hiking in the mountains where we saw deer living their life, almost died because we climbed up too high and all the paths were frozen, got home anyway, and spent our evenings cooking food (and potato waffles. I freaking love potato waffles but they don’t have them in France! I'm so sad about that) and trying to get warm in front of the fire place.

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Coast in The Burren, Ireland

On another day, we decided to drive across Ireland to see the Cliffs of Moher and do a road trip in the Burren, which is a region in Ireland that has amazing landscapes (yes, that’s totally feasible in a day. Ireland isn’t that big).

View on Lough Tay, Ireland from the old military road
View on Lough Tay, Ireland - old military road

One of the most amazing (but terrifying) experiences was driving down the old military road in Wicklow and seeing the “Vikings” location of Kattegat. We decided to risk the drive although it was cold and the road supposedly closed – but we thought: “it’s not like we’re going all the way to the top of the mountains, we’ll be fine”. Well, that’s exactly what we did. And we weren’t fine. Luckily, Matt is a really good driver who managed to get us out of multiple situations where the car was sliding and couldn’t go up the hill. And once we knew that we would make it out alive, the amazing scenery was so worth it!

Driving down the Old Military Road, Wicklow, Ireland

We had a really good time in Dublin as well, however I somehow didn’t take any pictures…But I can’t wait to go back!

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