Hello my loyal blog readers, happy Thursday! Unfortunately our days in Ireland are coming to an end. However, we had quite an eventful day yesterday– we visited the town of Kilkenny and the Wicklow Mountains, which was filled with gorgeous scenery, a field smelling of coconuts, and fun facts from our favorite tour guide from Wild Rover Tours.
We saw Kilkenny Castle and were given some time to roam around the small town. We explored the area and found it to be very quaint and relaxing. Our next stop was the Wicklow Mountains where we explored the trails that led to Upper and Lower Lake and stopped for some food on the way back to the bus. Afterwards, we had an appointment to see some sheep and sheepdogs, which was the highlight of the day for most of the group. Here are some pictures that highlight our day!
Further, yesterday’s trip allowed us to see some more of Ireland’s main tourist attractions. Although Kilkenny and the Wicklow Mountains were not nearly as touristy as Grafton Street or the Cliffs of Moher, these beautiful sites of rich historical value generate their fair share of worldwide explorers. From my perspective, when I first visited Dublin, I compared it to London since I spent time there last summer. The two destinations’ cultures are fairly similar; in order to analyze some competitive advantages of Ireland, comparing it to London is a good starting place.
Despite having very similar cultures, the Euro is currently weaker than the Pound, so traveling to Ireland from an American’s perspective is less expensive. Further, the natural hotspots like the Cliffs of Moher and the Wicklow Mountains are unique enough for travelers to make the trip. Additionally, if there is one thing we have learned on this trip, it is that Ireland is known for its famous distilleries, which naturally brings in connoisseurs from all over the globe.
On the other hand, Ireland’s lack of diversity might deter some tourists from visiting, since its culture is so focused on its deep-rooted history. With all the globalization and gentrification currently happening in and around Dublin, we can hope that in the future it will be a much more diversified city.