One of our favorite places we experienced while in Dublin was The Wicklow Mountains. The mountains are just south of the city and it feels like you're in a completely different world and back in time.
It was bit nerve-wracking driving a car on the other side of the road, especially through narrow mountain streets, but it was definitely worth the initial "omg-we're-going-to-die" feelings (shout-out to our homie Chris for being an awesome driver).
The hills of the Wicklow Mountains were speckled with yellow flowers and painted sheep among the small villages comprising of only a few buildings.
It was a gorgeous drive with the views changing every minute. After about an hour, we made it to the village of Glendalough, the ruins of an old town tucked in the valley of the mountains.
Glendalough was a little eerie (the foggy/rainy weather only added to this effect) but it was also beautifully peaceful.
Tombstones spread throughout the mountainside ranging from people who had died hundreds of years ago to people that died as recently as 2011. On almost all the tombstones, there were flowers, cards, terrariums placed before and it was clear that people still routinely visited and paid respects to their family and ancestors. Kind of crazy to think that we just stumbled into a piece of centuries old, Irish history.
After visiting the cemetery we hiked about the mountain for a bit and soaked in the gorgeous views of all the farm lands around us.
There is a stillness here in these mountains that exudes peace and tradition. It's a must-see when you're visiting Ireland.