Heading for the hills.
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My South African friend who live is London popped over to Dublin for the long weekend to celebrate her birthday and do something different. She has never been to Ireland before. As arrived at about 5:30pm on Friday May 29th, her birthday. As it was late by tthe time she had got to her accomodation and checked in, fresshed up etc it was pretty late in the evening so we headed for dinner and a few drinks. As it was her birthday and she's a planner in terms of travel she had decided she want he birthday dinner in Town Bar & Grill. I'd never eaten there before and was looking forward to it as I'd heard good things about the place. I had reserved a table a couple of weeks previously and boy was I glad. The place was packed to the rafters. We had an excellent meal, and rough planned the rest of the weekend.
Saturday morning we went to the Mountains. The sun was beating down and I wanted to show my friend what I consider the real Ireland, the Ireland out of the city. We went to Glendalough, it was bedlam. I abandon the car and went to the information center to fidn out about the different trails. We hiked the orange trail, as it's easier and my friend didn't really have hiking shoes. We stop of to take pics etc.
It took us about 2.5 hours to get back to the car but that was us taking it easy and enjoying the weather and sights and wandering through the monastic village. After Glendalough we shot back over the mountains, through the Sally gap, up by Lough Tay/Lugalla onto Powerscourt and ending up in Glencullen for the hooley show in Johnnie Fox's. There is not a whole lot I can say about the area other than it's amazing. I'll let the pictures do the talking. Lugalla is a mountian that is popular for rock climbing,. Luggale Estate, is a 6000 acre estate deep in the Wicklow Mountains, and is owned by the Guinness Family. The buildings on the estate, including the luxurious Luggala Lodge, used to be rented commercially for much of the year. (Michael Jackson stayed there for 3 months when hiding out in 2007) The estate has been used as the location of some major films, including Zardoz and Excalibur.