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This week’s That One Time In features Lucy Pilz from The Wanderlust Scout on her love affair with Wicklow, Ireland. This is her story:
Wicklow wasn’t what you’d expect from the plethora of movies that have been made in the area (Ps I love you, Game of Thrones). Of course it had the sporadic bursts of sunshine intermittent with torrential downpour, the emerald hackneyed hills, and a bustling pub on every corner and the never-ending 50 shades of greenery in the mountains. But, it was the painterly, panoramic wilds of Irish uplands, the granite outcrops, the echo and hiss of lingering traffic, and the overly-welcoming towns people that truly won and warmed my heart.
Wicklow is a magical oasis of greenery a mere 30-minute drive from the bustling city of Dublin. It is known as the garden of Ireland – and if you venture there, you will certainly see why. It is an untouched oasis of greenery that house some seriously brilliant treks, wildlife and an ongoing scenic vista.
Staying in the quiet town in our oxymoronic “5-Star” Hostel (not sure high end and hostel should ever be merged), we made the winding drive to the National Park. This drive was arduous and nail-biting; especially for those on a student budget (praying we wouldn’t scratch the car on the sharp turns #ThatsWhyYouGetInsurance); but oh so freaking beautiful. Out of nowhere would crop up ridges of monied villages and monastic settlements. You would think a chorus line of ‘Hallelujahs’ would be around every corner. Oh, I will never forget the day I felt my heart skip a beat!
Most people visit Wicklow for the scenery, or to hike. We visited for both reasons (and I secretly hoped I would somehow stumble across my own Gerard Buttler from Ps I Love You. Sadly, I am still waiting). Whilst I am not a hiker myself, I did decide to take on the basic hike – and boy am I glad I did.
The hike, with its brutal and changeable Irish weather involved leg-burning ascents but was pleasantly topped off with views of the grand lingering vistas – a true visual nirvana. Such beauty made the hairs on my not-shaven-for-2-weeks legs peak like some form of orgasmic prelude to one of the most scenic places in the world – that, or I was not dressed proportionally to the dismally cold Summer! I like to go with the prior for dramatic effect!
Whatever you call Wickow, it is a place full of juxtaposing landscapes that all of your senses need to visit.
MY TOP PLACES VISIT IN WICKLOW, IRELAND?
- Massey Estate
- Guinness Lake
- The Sally Gap
- Calary Bog
- Three Rock Mountain
- The Glenn of The Downs
Author’s Bio: Lucy Pilz from The Wanderlust Scout is a wanderlusting wordsmith about to embark on a big career move across the pond to London. Originally a beauty blogger at Skeeter and Scout, Lucy decided it was time to share with the world her previous and current travel adventures/thrill stories/tips – and The Wanderlust Scout was birthed, dedicated to scouting the world for the best in travel.
Lucy works in social media world by day, and blogs at night. She has a massive love for travel, is obsessed with Peonies, Pugs and Puns, drinks at least 1 can of Diet Coke a day and is a recovering One Direction lover (yes, a fully-grown fan of Hazza Styles)!
Interested in being a guest blogger for That One Time In? Email KP at
whereintheworldiskp [AT] gmail [DOT] com!