Born in a place surrounded by sea and mountains, for me, the sea means serenity and calm, the mountains mean life and peace. The week before I went on this trip, I met a girl on holiday from Dublin. Once she found out I was going to her home place and found out how passionate I am for being near the sea, she suggested I go to Brittas Bay. When we arrived we parked in the car park for 5E and walked along the dunes to this 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beach. The plan was to make a stop on our way down to Waterford and have lunch at Brittas Bay but... we didn't see a place where you could have something to eat or have a cup of coffee, so I would suggest, if you are thinking about going for the day you take some sandwiches with you and make the time to take it all in. It is a very picturesque place of natural beauty. As my friend Claire proudly mentioned, this beach won a European Union Blue Flag (the international emblem for the highest quality beach areas in Europe.) I couldn't agree more... ideal for swimming, providing it's warm or just go for it... take a walk and admire the wildlife species if lucky, and admire its delicate plants.
No doubt this is a very popular place for day tripping Dubliners etc., but I would not have known about it if it weren't for Claire. I imagine it would also get quite busy on good sunny days, so not sure if the parking would be a problem.
Check out Browne's Hill Dolmen near Carlow. Browne's Hill Dolmen is the largest of its kind in Europe with the capstone alone weighing 100 tonnes. The dolmen dates from around 2500 BC and is thought to have been the burial place of a local king.
The Great Sugarloaf Mountain not to be missed, to enable you to capture an impressive sight of the “Garden of Ireland”. It's simply breathtaking from the top of this mountain.
A neat little village on our way to Glendalough. The medieval church (see pic) is lovely, isn't it?