“The Journey is the reward” (Quote: Steve Jobs)
The first place to visit in Ireland by motorcycle is definitely Glendalough. But that is not because of its spectacular scenery, rich history or archaeology; it is because of the journey through the Wicklow Mountains.
You need at least fifteen minutes to leave Dublin. The “Firehouse Road West” leads directly up to the mountains. Following this road it is obvious why Ireland is called the green island. Houses disappear, traffic sounds become silent and mountains rise up.
Normally the 60 kilometres road should take around one hour. Nevertheless it is important to arrange enough time for stops at panorama views.
Especially it is worth to take a break at the 718 metres mountain Gravale. As far as the eye can see is untouched nature. No houses, no cars and above all no sounds are present. The feeling to listen solely to the blowing of the wind is quite an experience.
The best day for a tour is within the week: the small roads are almost completely empty. Instead of tourists sheep will cross your way – on the fields as well as on the roads itself.
After the arrival in Glendalough it is obvious: The journey is the reward. Nevertheless the glacial valley shows another beautiful side of Ireland: An early Christian monastic settlement that was founded in the 6th century; a 30-metre high tower; a graveyard and many churches built in the 12th century. They allow to step back into the past.
The old military route should be chosen for the way back to Dublin. On this road is a viewpoint over whole Dublin: a perfect place to have a picnic or just relax and smell the scent of freedom.
My recommended route to Glendalough: