It was a long weekend and as the weather was nice, Dot and I seized the chance for a quick little walk in the hills. It was a fun day out. We took a series of interesting back roads from our place in Ballybrack to Glencullen and took in a brief section of the Wicklow Way up to the Fairy Castle hill. Afterwards we had a lite lunch at Johnny Fox’s pub, ‘the highest pub in Ireland’ and went to the new toy shop Hanley’s in Dundrum. All in all, a nice indication of how perfectly Dublin can combine the fine parts of town and countryside. I particularly liked driving the back roads south of the M50 through places like Stepaside and Kilternan.