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    The Cliffs of Moher

    by sue_stone Written Jul 11, 2004

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    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.

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    O'Brien's Tower

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

    by MalenaN Written Mar 26, 2013

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    The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is situated next to the car park. It is mainly an underground building in the hillside and it blends in very well with the surroundings. In the visitor centre there is a gift shop, bathrooms and two cafés. There is also an exhibition, The Edge. The exhibition is about the cliffs and is shown with four thems; ocean, rock, animal and man. The Ledge is an audiovisual theatre.

    I came to Cliffs of Moher on a daytour from Galway and in the price of the tour a ticket for the visitor centre was included (6 Euro in February 2013). As it was a sunny day, though cold, and as we didn’t have more than 1h and 15min at the cliffs I was not interested in spending time inside. Only on the way back to the bus did I go inside for two minutes to have a quick look. To visit the cliffs doesn’t cost anything.

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    High Crosses in Kilfenora

    by MalenaN Written Mar 28, 2013

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    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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    Gus O'Connors Pub for all fans of irish folk-music

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 !!

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    Poulnabrone Dolmen

    by MalenaN Written Apr 1, 2013

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    We made a 15 minutes stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of many Neolithic toms that can be found in the area. The tomb is more than 5000 years old and when it was excavated in 1986 the remains of 33 people were found, together with pottery, a stone axe, stone beads, arrow heads and more.

    The surrounding limestone landscape is also very interesting.

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    Ballyalban Earthen Ring Fort

    by MalenaN Written Apr 1, 2013

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    Our next stop was at Ballyalban Earthen Ring Fort, a circular structure with earth banks. Those earthen rings were often topped by a wooden palisade in old times. Sometimes they are referred to as Fairy forts. We only got around 5 minutes here, just enough time to take a walk around the circle.

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    A brief stop in Ballyvaughan

    by MalenaN Written Apr 1, 2013

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    Ballyvaughan is a village in the north western corner of the Burren. It is situated on the south shores of Galway Bay and lots of tourists pass here on their way to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. We made a short stop at a pub in Ballyvaughan so that people who wanted could use the bathroom. We were also encouraged to buy something to drink, or a snack, in the pub. The bus driver said it was okay to bring back coffee on the bus as long as the cup had a lid on it.

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    Dunguaire Castle

    by MalenaN Written Apr 1, 2013

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    The first stop on the Cliffs of Moher and Burren tour was at Dunguaire Castle. Dunguaire Castle is not in County Clare, but in County Galway.

    Dunguaire is a small castle built around 1520 by the O’Hynes clan. In the end of February it was closed, but between May – October you can visit the interior. For that there is an admission. The castle has got a scenic location and we got 15 minutes to walk around and take some photos. On the way back to Galway we also made a short stop but only to take photos from the road. As the tide was high then we got photos of the castle with water in front of it.

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    Ballyreen

    by MalenaN Written Mar 25, 2013

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    After visiting the Cliffs of Moher we drove along the coastal road on the way back to Galway. North of Doolin we made a stop at the cliffs of Ballyreen. The cliffs are not as high here as they are at Cliffs of Moher but it is a beautiful place. When we visited the sea was calm, but I can imagine that it is quite spectacular when the sea is rough and high waves hit the rocks.

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    Cliffs of Moher

    by MalenaN Written Mar 26, 2013

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    Cliffs of Moher is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. It is a spectacular sight to see the high steep cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest point the cliffs are 214m.

    I had hoped to go here independently and to hike along the coast for some hours, but unfortunately the bus connection between Galway and Cliffs of Moher was not god on a Monday in the end of February, so I ended up on an organized day tour instead. The promised 2h at the cliffs turned out to be 1h 15min, so not much time for hiking. When leaving the bus I went straight up to O Brian’s Tower, a round stone tower from the 19th century from where there are good views over the cliffs. There was an admission of 2 Euro to enter so I skipped it and walked back to follow the path above the cliffs to the south instead. In the beginning of the trail a new path has been constructed next to the old one, which is closer to the cliff edge, and between them there is a stonewall. A bit further away there is no stonewall and the path goes quite close to the edge. Unfortunately I had too little time to hike all the way to Hag’s Head.

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    Lunch in Doolin

    by MalenaN Written Mar 28, 2013

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    During the tour to Cliffs of Moher we stopped at a pub in Doolin to eat lunch. The pub was Gus O’Connors Pub and it was very busy as we arrived but we all seemed to find a table anyway. Before leaving the bus we had been told to take a seat, look at the menu, remember the number on the table and then order and pay at the bar. I ordered a beef and Guinness stew for 10 Euro (February 2013). It came with a piece of bread and butter and tasted okay.

    We had 45 minutes for this stop, but they had been very effective in the pub with serving the food so the whole bus was ready in time.

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    O'Brien's Tower

    by globetrott Written Sep 19, 2005

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    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 !

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    Bunratty castle

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

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    The Poulnabrone-Dolmen

    by globetrott Written Sep 19, 2005

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    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 !

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