Glendalough derives it’s name from the Irish name for the area, “Gleann Da Loch” which roughly translates as “glen of the two lakes”. It was a cold enough day so we only got a good look at the lower lake, but I’m looking forward to visiting again!
We spent last weekend driving – up to Bray in Co. Wicklow, visited Glendalough, The Sally Gap and promptly got lost a few times on the way to Avoca!
On Sunday we returned to Cork, but took a detour via Tullow and Carlow to visit Killkenny. We called to friends in Fermoy and arrived home late last night.
The N11 on the east coast is very impressive! Getting to Killkenny from Bray is a chore however. There are only secondary roads the whole way, but the scenery is amazing and we saw bits of the country we hadn’t been to before!
This is the first photo from that trip taken at Glendalough.
The round tower in the background was built sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries. Round Towers were built to protect monastic scriptures, gold and property from Viking raiders. The only entrance is far off the ground, and easily defended.
I’m certain that most Cork people pass this house daily and haven’t a clue as to it’s previous occupant’s contribution to the world we live in today.
Looking out from Blarney Castle yesterday morning.
Red sky after a beautiful sunset in Garrettstown last Sunday.
The original high-res version is even better!