Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough is a glen (long and deep valley of glacial origin where a river can flow down the valley) and a village in Ireland, located in the Wicklow County Mountains National Park. Its name means Valley of two lakes. The village was established by a hermit priest, Saint Kevin, in the 6th century on the site of a former monastery. Many of his followers wanted to follow him and settled in the valley too. There is a 33-meter round tower, which was used to protect relics, books and chalices, and a Celtic high cross known as Saint Kevin’s Cross. The village was established on the side of Lower Lake and the cliffs north of Upper Lake are recognized as popular climbing places.

Tips

There is no admission fee to enter the park or the site of the old monastery but you should leave your car in the car parks nearby and pay for your place. From here you can visit everything on foot.

You can visit all year round respecting the opening hours of the parking barriers, which are closed at night.

You will find several mountain trails. However, there are no guided or supervised hikes.

 

Renote peninsula, Trégastel, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany, France

The Renote peninsula is located on the Côte de granit rose; in Manche, and belongs to the French commune of Trégastel, in the department of Côtes-d’Armor, in Brittany. It is a protected natural place. You can enjoy the fauna and vegetation of the seaside with beaches and coves; the water is turquoise and the granite pink, which gives a beautiful effect of colors. Very close to the car park, you will find a beach on the right, easily accessible but you will also find other beaches a little more wild if you go around.

Tips

If you want to go around take the customs path and you will do the tour by walking for about an hour.

If you prefer, you can also take a guided tour.

The Saguenay-Saint-Laurent Marine Park, Quebec, Canada

The Saguenay-Saint-Laurent Marine Park is a place well known for the beauty of its landscapes and for the presence of marine mammals (whales, seals) and birds. This is the place where the river and the fjord come together. Different companies offer whale watching cruises in zodiacs or boats; ranging from 12 to 600 passengers. The excursions are accompanied by a bilingual guide or captain who takes pleasure in telling you about the whales and the fjord. The duration is approximately 2 hours – 2 and a half hours. Departures are from the Tadoussac marina or nearby. There are several species of whales but the only one that lives all year round in the St. Lawrence is the beluga, the others just come to feed from May to October.

Tips

It is advisable to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars if you want to have a better view, warm clothes, closed shoes and of course your camera.

In this special situation, it is mandatory to wear your mask.

You can also visit the CIMM (Mammal Interpretation Center) to broaden your knowledge.