In Wicklow: Bray Head

I like to start my hikes very early in the morning. Especially in Summer when it is hot and sunny out. I got up at 5:30am to catch the sunrise. As I have mentioned on my facebook I am trying to see more beautiful things during my day. That morning was particularly stunning at 6am, no one is around and it was really peaceful. PhoebeGill150501037

Bray Head is clearly seen from a lot of angles, it’s a hill that is surrounded by amazing cliffs and has some great walks for you to do! There is the Bray to Greystones walk which I have never actually completed and there is the Bray Head Loop.PhoebeGill150501126The path leading up to the top can be both rocky and paved. I always opt for the more uneven, steep path because it’s more fun. There are gorgeous trees and tiny streams that I like hopping over and around. PhoebeGill150501001You can keep going once you reach the top but the last time I did that a fog descended and I went off track and I got a little lost so I recommend you stay on the path and if fog comes down just turn back. PhoebeGill150501046The views from the top are beautiful you can see beautiful hills, all of Bray town and the gorgeous bay. I like sitting at the top under the cross and just taking it all in. PhoebeGill150501099PhoebeGill150501012I recommend you bring proper foot wear as there is a lot of uneven surfaces as you go up, it can also get steep so just be carful of twisting your ankle. It doesn’t take long at all to get to the cross so you don’t need to bring food and water but if it is a hot sunny day then water is a good idea.

This location is a great spot for some exercise and beautiful views. I definitely recommend you stop off here as you start your trip into Wicklow.

Happy Travels!

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In Wicklow: Glendalough

In Wicklow: Glendalough

One of my best friends and I went to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow recently. We are both bloggers/youtubers and it is great that we can come together and create and hang out while getting content to show all of you. So here are a few shots from that day.
PhoebeGill150211027There are lots of trails, paths you can go on, I haven’t actually explored all of them yet, I can’t wait to do the top trail, I was waiting for it to become a little bit nicer weather. I will probably make a video of it on my channel some time in the future. 

PhoebeGill150211101Glendalough is a Monastic site, it’s ruins are located near the lower lake. The most well intact and impressive is the round tower a classic site of Glendalough.

PhoebeGill150211118What I love most about this area is the wildlife and the colours. This patch of forest has always been covered in green moss when I go. It is always beautiful.

PhoebeGill150211106In winter the hills and the ground turn brown and will slowly get more colourful as the months go on. There are birds everywhere, it is great to stop and wait by the upper lake to see different species fly around and hear their calls.

PhoebeGill150211109There is something I look for every time I come to Glendalough. The first time I came here, I saw a stag and a doe. They were beautiful and ever since I always keep an eye out in case the deer are hiding in the tall grass. Can you spot the deer in this picture?

PhoebeGill150211162There is also some resident mallards that are always up for being in pictures. 

PhoebeGill150211192Glendalough is a perfect place in Summer or in Winter. I love spending time here all year round. I go on birthdays or days off, if I want some exercise or I take a picnic with some friends. It is a must do in Wicklow. When you visit it you’ll know why they call it the Garden of Ireland.

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In Reykjavik: View From The Top

In Reykjavik: View From The Top

Something that you have to do in Reykjavik is go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja. It is absolutely beautiful!

There is an admission fee of 700isk (€7) that you buy in the shop just past the entrance.

There are four sides of the tower to get a panoramic view of the city. But three of them are the best.

1. The stunning view of Mt. Esja.PhoebeGill150112019

2. The straight view of downtown Reykjavik. With the colourful buildings and gorgeous view of the water.
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3. The view of where the sun rises and the expanse of the city.PhoebeGill150112058The views are so beautiful and well worth the 7 euro. Have you been up the tower?

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In Cape Town: Table Mountain

In Cape Town: Table Mountain

PhoebeGill141017007This has to be the most spectacular tourist attraction in a city I have ever been to. You can see it from all over the city. The peak is 1086 meters above sea level, has more species of flora on its hills than the entirety of the UK. The cableway takes no time at all and is quite fun really. The top of the mountain has a path to follow and gives you amazing views on each side.PhoebeGill141018023

There are lots of outdoor activities you can do on the mountain. I saw hikers and rock climbers on my trip. Bring water and a snack if you want to hike, again, it’s Africa, it gets hot!PhoebeGill141018021

The Dassie are the little creatures that live on the mountain and they are the cutest angriest looking animals are lovely. Don’t feed them or do anything weird as they do perch quite close to the wall.PhoebeGill141018008

Tips:

  1. There is a cloud that descends on the mountain, the table cloth that covers the peak. Which means there is no point on going up the mountain. There is also a really strong breeze that means the cableway will close. All of this said, when it is a clear fine day everyone wants to go up, whatever the time or day. It will be packed!
  2. Book online. Get your tickets so you can go into a separate line, that brings you straight to the cableway.
  3. Go early. Going up first and in the first cable car means you don’t have to wait. It’s much nicer. You also have the rest of the day to do what you please.

I very much recommend this if you can! It’s absolutely stunning.

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In Graskop: The Mountains

In Graskop: The Mountains

We took a day out of our 3 days in the area of Kruger to go to the mountains. Lots of driving, probably around 7 hours. The landscape just left of the Kruger park (nearest where I was staying) is just stunning! We visited God’s Window, Berlin Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels and we went to Pilgrams Rest for lunch.PhoebeGill141013088

God’s Window:

A really pleasant lookout point and walk. There is a walk up to rainforest terrain. The lookout point is 1829m above sea level so the air does get thinner as you go up. Keep that in mind. The view out is beautiful, green and luscious. It can get quite cloudy and you wont know until you are up there.

Berlin Falls:

80m waterfall that drops into a beautiful valley that looks out over the beautiful mountains of the area.PhoebeGill141013100

Bourke’s Luck Potholes:

This stunning point in the Blyde River Canyon has the most amazing erosion. Such a beautiful area, really recommend this site. Note, do not throw coins into the canyon, there are fish in the water and it’s not fair on them so just don’t.PhoebeGill141013081

The Three Rondavels:

Such beautiful mountains, these naturally shaped peaks are named after the three wives of Chief Mapjaneng. The three peaks are called such because they look decidedly like rondavels, the westernised version of the African-style hut.PhoebeGill141013096

Pilgrims Rest:

Pilgrims Rest is a town that has been kept the same since the gold rush days. It is quaint and has all the old stores and buildings that echo the dutch style. I was not a fan of this stop as, as soon as you get out of the car you get people walking up to you with boxes of stuff to sell, asking you to buy something. Also let it be known that when you park your car, it is washed even if you do not ask for it, so I would make it known to the people sitting near by that you do not want it. It’s tough because this is how people make their money but it is quite the bombardment. Lunch was had in one of the buildings, the few that were open were buffet style which looked quite bad. We chose the menu and I had a toasty that took 45 minutes to make but it was edible after a morning of exploring.

This area is stunning! I really recommend you explore, it is so beautiful. The mountains always are.

Happy Travels!