Waterford city is a place founded by Viking invaders from Scandinavia who liked it so much they decided to settle down there. The city – and by extension the county – still owes much of its history, layout, appearance and mentality to the Vikings who arrived in the Dark Ages and made it there home.
In Tipperary, medieval religious history lives on in the various monasteries, friaries and convents sprinkled throughout the county and greater region, culminating in the massive and majestic Rock of Cashel. The mythological origin story of Cashel claims that the ‘Rock’ landed in Cashel from the mountain called Devil’s Bit when St. Patrick is said to have blasted the Devil himself from a cave. In any case, the Rock of Cashel is beautiful heap of medieval stones representing the ancient might of the Church.
In Wicklow, snuggled amongst the beautiful mountains find the ancient site of Glendalough, an important monastic settlement and centre of learning, knowledge, and history. Combine hiking with history when visiting the region, as the best way to enjoy Glendalough is by hiking through the greater region.
In Kilkenny, explore the medieval city to learn of the colourful history of this ancient city, visiting castles, round towers and more along the Medieval Mile.
Visit the natural side of the Ancient East by hiking in the popular yet breath-taking Wicklow Mountains before stepping off the beaten track to visit the Comeragh Mountains in the south. Meet a friendly colony of sea birds on the remote Saltee Islands off the coast of Wexford.
I have already raved about Wilderness Ireland to people I met my last few days in Ireland, to people on the planes home, to friends here at home. The only cumbersome moment was having our lunch in a plastic container that didn't fully seal so there was some leakage into the backpack....how's that for a privileged complaint? Seriously, I was well aware I had stumbled on (I'm still not sure how I discovered Wilderness Ireland....I think an email...) an experience I would forever cherish. I'm still processing. I know travel enhances us but this trip did so in ways I could not have imagined. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 25/07/2019
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