The Wicklow Mountains are just south from Dublin offer a plethora of climbing on some pretty sweet granite. Wicklow is fairly extensive with a multitude of small bouldering areas scattered among the peaks and valleys with the smallest areas consisting of single boulders and the largest offering several days worth of climbing (there is a fair amount of trad-climbing as well). In order to optimize what little time I had I opted not to ferry around between the smaller areas but instead spend both my half-days at the largest offering, Glendalough.
Glendalough is actually a popular tourist spot that attracts people not only for it's natural beauty but for it's rich history and archaeology. Back in the 6th century a man known as Saint Kevin started a monastic settlement in the area and there has been people there ever since. The structures that remain today "only" date to between the 10th and 12th centuries but they are pretty awesome and well worth checking out whether you're a climber or a tourist.
An awesome little church with interesting stone roof and the impressive watchtower in the background.
The view looking back toward the parking from the boulders in Glendalough
A quick note to those visiting the area, you'll need to pay 2 euros (cash only) to park at the closest parking and the hike to the boulders is an easy 20 minutes on a flat road/trail. The parking is also locked at nights so I reckon a night session will require a different parking area. Here are some pictures of the area.
Lots of boulders.
Trying Wonderland. The photo doesn't do it justice as this was the best looking problem I saw in Glendalough
Karl on The Groove. Many thanks to Karl for the awesome tour my first day in Glendalough
Some awesome vein features.
The view of the boulders on the approach
The watchtower provides a great vantage point to scope for boulders or spot marauding vikings.