Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ireland - Cliffs of Moher

We drove from Adare to the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast. What amazing scenery. This is one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. We walked along the cliff path for at least an hour, stopping frequently to admire the views and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks. It was especially enjoyable further along the path away from the main tourist area. A new visitors center has recently been opened with a small cafe, restaurant, gift shop etc. It has been cleverly installed into the hillside so is fairly unobtrusive. We were lucky with the weather which, although very windy, was sunny and clear for most of the time. Pretty unusual for Ireland I would think. All in all, a tiring but enjoyable day.

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