After arriving by ferry in Dublin, we headed straight for Wicklow National Park so we could wake up for Matthias’ birthday above the Guinness-coloured Lough Tay. Atmospherically misty, purple heather everywhere, sheep everywhere. Climbing in Wicklow was alpine-like with long approaches and committing multi-pitches. Stunning scenery though very wet. On recommendation of Gordon (great tip, thank you!) we escaped the rain by heading for the Copper Coast via the quaint but touristy Kilkenny. Gorgon’s advice afforded us our 1st Irish swim on an empty white sandy beach & ideal overnight spot.
One of Wicklow’s many Guinness rivers:
Chance beach finding, just south of Wicklow (coordinates N5250’8.11” W66′-34.08”), perfect for wild camping