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Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin September 6th 2019

Vrijdag 6/9/2019 – Rondrit door 'The Burren' Met een Mercedes busje en een plaatselijke authentieke Ierse Gids, die hartstikke goed Nederlands praat, want getrouwd met een Amsterdamse, een hele dag op toer kris-kras door de 'Burren'. Een 360km2 uitgestrekt Wereld Unesco geopark met maanlandschappen. Een stenen woestijn, op een kalkstenen plateau in de ijstijd ontstaan door schuivende ijslagen en waterinzijpeling. Tussen de stenen nu zeldzame arctische en mediterane planten die men nergens in Europa zo verzameld vindt. Wel geen bomen. Hoogstens ergens een struik. Toch resten van bewoning. Zelfs dolmen uit het neolithicum, en hier en daar ruïnes van vroeg christelijke abdijen en met muren omgeven graasland en stalletjes. Zeer speciaal.... read more
The Burren - Maanlandschap
The Burren - Rolstenen
The Burren - Tot in de oceaan

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin September 5th 2019

Donderdag 5/9/2019 – Verplaatsing van Adare naar Doolin (125km) Doolin aan de Atlantische kust, vlakbij de 'Cliffs of Moher' die we vanop de camperplaats in de verte kunnen zien. Dus obligate stop aan de enorme parking van de Cliffs. 16€ voor 2 personen en je kan binnen en dan een heel stuk verder wandelen naar de diverse uitzichtspunten. Ruimte genoeg voor de massa toeristen die hier op en af lopen en massaal dezelfde foto's maken. Het lijkt niet direct zo, maar deze Cliffs zijn +200 meter hoog en 8 km's lang. Spectaculair zicht. Spijtig geen zon. Toch positief, want het regent niet. Onderweg hadden we eerder een afspraak voor een geleid bezoek aan het Bunratty Castle een prachtig Middeleeuws kasteel in zijn huidige vorm herbouwd rond 1425. Alle muren staan nog recht en de 4 torens ... read more
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin October 7th 2018

A lot — ok, a LOT — of driving today from Kenmare to Doolin because of GPS misguides. Was fine up to crossing the River Shannon by ferry, but then the gypsy (GPS) took us a good 50 miles off target, the Cliffs of Moher. Then took us equally off course into the middle of farmers’ fields. Then so late to our destination that we bagged it and headed for Doolin. THEN, I tried going the 6 miles myself while Sharon tried to recover from the trauma of tiny-laned, hairpin-turned, tour bus hogging roads, and got lost twice. I needed a beer, and found a nice local Irish red ale to sooth my frayed nerves. We settled into our very nice B&B and headed out for dinner and live music at the pub up the street. ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin October 20th 2017

Signs, Signs, everywhere are signs, Do this, don't do that! Why don't you read the signs! In Ireland, signs are key! whether you are driving, searching the street, or finding your way thru pub walls! Some of the Ireland countrysides, take a bit more courage than others. The Clifden to Doolin travel-day was our most challenging with a two hour-stop in Galway's Friday afternoon traffic. It was indeed a roadtrip day not to be forgotten anytime soon. Checkout some of the key signs on our journey.... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin October 20th 2017

This trip taught us: We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail! So we awake to lots of clouds and wind, an amazing breakfast on Maeve's tables, and the vision to "take it to the Bay... !" Just two mile walk down the road will place your feet on Doolin Bay, "but stay away from the pier" says our hostess. The Bay, the storm damage, the majestic - "Grandness" of it all. What a beautiful morning of exploring, visiting merchants and experiencing the Wild Atlantic Way. and who knew? Caves are no longer my "thang". I sure didn't enjoy the trip thru Doolin Cafe today.... read more
these two (Terri and David) always have such warmth between them...
 the Atlantic shore
Can you see him???  That's Michael standing at the shores of the Atlantic shore

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin September 12th 2016

Ireland Day 3 I am glad I brought my cape and overshoes, no not the batman cape but the yellow one which all road bikers laugh at. They will learn one day. As I set off this morning it was just a fine drizzle but within an hour it settled down into steady rain, forming big puddles in my cape above my hands and enough to fill my water bottle. This was a shame because once I got onto the minor roads the scenery could have been good, as it was visibility was not good enough to see across the bays. Luckily the wind had dropped from yesterday's ferocious to fast enough to make life harder when it was against me. I was glad of a cafe stop at Kinvarra just after Dunguaire Castle, where I ... read more
Lunch stop
Drowned Rat
Doolins Craft Shop

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin July 6th 2016

Gaaab Okay de her busture er begyndt at være lidt for meget, men jeg får altid en fantastisk oplevelse som belønning. Jeg fik kun sagt farvel til Mary inden jeg smuttede. Det hele blev lidt forhastet. Senere i dag ville der komme en ny pige, der også skal hjælpe, så det bliver rigtig fedt. Jeg skiftede fra den ene bus til den anden i Donegal, så jeg nåede ikke at få noget mad. Jeg var pænt sulten da jeg kom til Galway. Jeg fik en forfærdelig burger fra et fastfood sted. Jeg var stadig vildt sulten bagefter, så jeg valgte selvfølgelig at raide slikhylden i en butik, fornuftigt valg. Jeg gik tilbage til stationen for at finde min næste bus. Det ville heldigvis kun tage to timer med den. Jeg blev sat af lige ud for ... read more
The Cliffs of Moher
Fyrtårn på Inisheer
Skibvrag på Inisheer

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin July 23rd 2015

OK, today was as close to perfect as a travel day gets for me. I wasn't overly sure what I would do in the morning. I'd planned to catch the bus at around 1pm to continue the tour, buy since we'd gone the other way I had until 4pm to kill. The hostel guy suggested I walk from Doolin to the Cliffs and meet my bus there instead, which is pretty great considering that had been my plan yesterday had I got to the hostel the time I expected. The walk from Doolin to the Cliffs is supposed to take 2-2.5hrs so between my lunch stop and ten thousand photo breaks it took a little over 3 hours. (I took... 630 shots today. To be fair, about half of those are the waves crashing in and ... read more
I love the waves
Low area
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Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin October 13th 2014

Geo: 53.016, -9.37758So this morning I was up early to get packed and out the door. Even though I had only been in Tralee 2 nights I had stuff all over the hotel room, hangovers do not inspire tidiness. I was on the road just after ten and making my way to Tarbert. I was really winging it as I had not done any research on when the ferries leave. Fortunately for me there is one very hour. I had to wait about half an hour for the ferry, and then the trip across the Shannon was only half an hour again. The ferry pulled in at Kilrush and from there I drove to a little place called Kilkee where I stopped for lunch. From there on I think I stopped at every second town for ... read more
Lehinch beach
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin July 9th 2014

Day 23 - Aran Islands - A trip back in time We started the morning with a good breakfast and some laundry before heading to the west coast and the ferry to the Aran Islands. Anne really wanted to see the islands and the nearby Cliffs of Moher, the home of millions of nesting seabirds. The Aran Islands are 3 islands off the west coast of Ireland near Doolin. The largest only has a population of 900 people. Ferries regularly travel between the islands and the mainland but the 30 min crossing can be quite rough. Today was a "mild" day but still provided a bit of chop and rocking. The ferries were nothing like the ferries across the SF Bay, being much smaller. Michelle and Tony enjoyed standing in the bow watching the waves and ... read more
Ready to Depart
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Irish Pub




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