The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most famous sights.
They are spectacular, entirely vertical cliffs that rise to over 200 metres in height.
As they are so popular, it can get pretty crowded and we had trouble taking a good photo, due to the crowd and the harsh light.
O'Brien's Tower is located just north of the Cliffs of Moher.
It was built by an eccentric landlord back in the 1800's to impress lady visitors!
It is basically a mini castle/tower that you can climb to the top of, for awesome view of the cliffs and the Aran Islands out in the Atlantic Ocean.
For all fans of irish folk-music I may highly recommend to visit Doolin, a small village west of Lisdoonvarna : Gus O'Connor's Pub - dating back to the year 1832 - with live-performances of traditional music every night in the summer-season. the sessions start at 09.30p.m. and last untill late at night.
Gus O'Connor's Pub is also well known for great food : the kitchen is open between noon and 09.00p.m.
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Doolin is also a great place to shop for music-casettes in that building that you may see on my picture - it is the first house after the bridge !!
O'Brien's Tower was built already in the 19th century by a local farmer for the many tourists, who came to see the famous Cliffs of Moher. You will have to pay a small fee and then you may climb up the steps in order to have a better view of the landscape around, but I am not sure, if I could recommend it or not, as the cliffs are even further away than at places, where you may walk directely along the cliffs - free of charge !
To step up O'Briens Tower might make sense on a clear day, when you want to have a better view of the Aran-island !
Bunratty castle is one of the major attractions for tourbuses, just a few miles off the airport of Shannon. The castle dates back to the 9th century but the way it looks today dates back to the 15th century.
Bunratty really offers a lot for the hasty tourists, who want to "absorbe the Irish way of life" within the shortest time possible :
In Bunratty castle they may attend a "Medieval Irish Banquet" with servants in historic costumes, live music , food and drinks, all is included in the price...
The performances will take 2 and a half hours
the hall offers 141 seats and 2 sittings : at 05.30p.m. + 08.46 p.m.
There is also a "Traditional Irish Night" in Bunratty
From April till October daily at 7.00p.m
The Poulnabrone-Dolmen is the most famous of the various megalith tombs that you may find in this area. The Poulnabrone-Dolmen dates back to 2500 B.C. and still today the scientists do not know exactely, how it was technically possible to build such heavy structures by the primitive tools of that time.
The Poulnabrone-Dolmen might easily be overseen, because it is not directely next to the road, but in a distance of maybe 300 meters - it is always the best to search for other cars and buses and follow their passengers - you will have to step / climb accross a fence of a farm, it includes a small & easy stair !
The walk along the Cliffs of Moher is the main attraction for the tourists, BUT only at a very few places you may look down the dangerous cliffs, that have a hight of 200 meters at some places.
No matter how far you walk along the cliffs of Moher, you will NEVER have a chance to find a path going down to the shore!
The best place to look down the cliffs and maybe see some birds is next to the parking, where you may lay on the floor and look down !!
Next to Bunratty castle you may visit the Bunratty Folk Park - the replica of a victorian village of the 19th century, including a Gregorian residence, a pub, several houses, a mill, forge, bakery, farmhouses even including cattle, hen, cats etc. just like on a farm still in operation.
At certain times employees will walk around in old costumes, and you may see the old police-officer, schoolteacher, blacksmith etc.
Bunratty Folk Park is open for visitore :
june till august : 09.30a.m. - 06.00p.m.
september till may : 09.00a.m. - 05.30p.m.
last admission 45 minutes before closing-time !
Kilfenora is my favorite place in the Burren for an interesting church-ruin and the very special Celtic Cross on my picture: the Doorty Cross, showing a bishop and 2 other people. Kilfenora has also quite a funny status inside the catholic church, because that small parish is at the same time an episcopate and their bishop is the pope - don't ask me, how this works, it is just a heritage of the 12th century that was never changed since...
On my other pictures about the church in Kilfenora you may see some of the very few great works of art that are still left over after the church had been destroyed several times.
At the small cemetery around the old cathedral-ruins there were once 7 high-crosses - see another one on my 5th picture !
You may enter the cemetery freely and without restrictions during the day !
In Kilfenora, close to the cemetery you may visit an interesting museum : The Burren Centre. There you see exhibits about the special flora and fauna of the Burren and get a good idea, what the Burren looks like underneath the surface.
Maybe it is best to start to explore the museum in the "Burren-Centre" first, before you enter the landscape of the Burren, so you have an idea already about the special and most interesting facts of that unique geological formation.
Something that you will realize, when walking over the rocks of the Burren is the special sound that it makes, when you hit the stones by your shoes, maybe you even find a hammer or other tool in your car...
Of course it is forbidden to take any stones home, BUT knocking on the rocks is not at all forbidden !!
Craggaunowen is the name of a museum , about 60km south-east of the Cliffs of Moher !
In that museum you may see an old Crannog ( an artificial island with some huts, surrounded by a wodden fence) and an old fisher-boat made of leather. Employees in traditional costumes will show you, how wool and pottery was made and how the meat was stored in the times of the iron-age etc. This museum was built at a place, where an old wooden street, dating back to the iron-age was found.
The "Burren" is a unique landscape, covered by vulcanic rocks, that seem to be artificially cut into giant cubes of different sizes, and inside the many gaps between these rocks you will find a big variety of tropical, subtropical, alpine and mediterranean plants and flowers.
NO-where else in the whole world you may find these plants growing togeather in a natural environment !
It is the combination of the grey rocks and the colorfull flowers that make the special atmosphere of the "Burren
Once in the Burren I was lucky to be able to watch a professional photographer taking pics of 2 vintage-cars there for the official Mercedes-calender.
I visited the Burren just after the Cliffs of Moher and it was a big contrast. The Burren is a very quiet place and I saw more sheep than people. The Burren is limestone that extends for miles and turns into moutains that border the ocean.
We drove along the narrow roads I noticed that May is a great time to visit because wildflowers grown between the limestone rocks. It's something you have to experience to fully appreciate it.
The Cliffs of Moher were one of the highlights of my trip. The cliffs are about 650 ft and go straight down. There are signs ner the cliffs saying that several people are killed every year because they stand too close to the edge.
There is a car park ( 4 Euro) and a gift shop and cafe before you walk up to the cliffs. We walked up to Obriens tower ( It costs 1 Euro to climb up) and saw great views of the cliffs from there. I'd give the cliffs 5 stars
Kilfenora is a small village with the ruins of a very small cathedral from the 12th century. Already in the 6th century a monastery was founded on the place where the ruined cathedral stands. Once Kilfenora was an important place for pilgrims, but now it is known for its high crosses.
There are three high crosses in the church yard, protected under roof. One of them is the Doorty Cross which is 800 years old. We got around 10 minutes to visit this place, but we were not told that in a nearby field, about 100 metres away, there is another high cross.
In the chancel there are two medieval tombs with carved figures on top. In one of them an unknown bishop is buried and in the other one a nobleman or cleric.
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