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The Wild Wicklow Mountains

October 4, 2013

The Wicklow mountains are said to be thick with gold. They’re the first thing you see when you fly into Dublin, with the strangely sloping conical head of the Sugar Loaf rearing up majestically in the distance.There is a hiking trail called the Wicklow Way that starts in a suburb of south Dublin, Rathfarnham, and ends in a completely different county, Carlow, 127 kilometers later, and goes through some of the most picturesque parts of the country. These are old glacial hills, filled with  azure coloured corries, lakes left behind when glaciers dragged their heavy asses down the mountain. The area is full of old woods, stone circles, and rivers flowing fast and free. If ever there was a fairy country, this is it. Glen of the Downs, Roundwood, Glendalough, it is a place to get lost in and learn the way of the wind.

 

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