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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 » Bunratty September 2nd 2019

Early departure from Westport after breakfast. It's yet another drizzly day, and the traffic is noticeably worse as parents drop off their kids for the first day of school. We are headed south toward Galway and eventually to the cliffs of Moher. En route, a number of interesting topics come up. One thing you can say about small Irish towns (and cities, too) is that they tend to be remarkably clean. The streets are mostly free of trash, cheery flower boxes abound, front yards and homes are well looked after, and graffiti is minimal. Part of it is cultural, in that the Irish have a tradition of taking pride in appearances. But Tony tells us there actually is a annual Tidy Town Competition, and it's taken very seriously. The subject of the bright coloured markings on ... read more
John Wayne and Naureen O'Hara
Cong Abbey
Lynch Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Cliffs of Moher May 7th 2019

Day 08 Today was a travel day, moving from Galway Bay area, to Cobh. Galway Bay was our base for setting out and seeing some of the sights we wanted to see. Leaving Galway Bay, we went up to see the Cliffs of Moher, before turning and heading for Cobh. Today was mostly driving, which is why there are not as many pictures. We saw cows, sheep, horses and donkeys as well as stone walls, of various degrees of upkeep. In Cobh, we are going to begin searching for the Keating connection to Ireland, where we know some things, but want to fill in the gaps if we can. Using the Water’s Edge Hotel as our base while here. Dinner at the hotel, finish the blog entries and get caught up with today’s activities. It shall ... read more
We arrived before the 100s of tourbusses.
The Cliffs and the Wild Atlantic Way marker.
Gallager's and JP Clarke's Country Pub

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

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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ummm!?  what does that say?

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 October 19th 2017

after a full day of travel & rain storms, the clouds clears and Maeve appeared in the door of her Doolin B&B. She welcomed with a kind smile, key instructions and shared wisdom! "See that sun?", the eight heads shook in affirmation, "well, get to the Cliff's now. Those sun rays will be fast fading tomorrow!" Maeve then lead us to our rooms, where we dropped our suitcases, agreed with Maeve's recommendations on a dinner-meal location (pub across the street), and headed to the most majestic sites of the green isles, with very few numbers in the crowds enjoying the views with us. The sunset and the wonderful pub food and trad music hours later, allowed the most stressful day to be washed away by the beauty of the countryside and the people who live on ... read more
a quick stop in the winding roads and countryside
Welcome! Welcome!  My name is Maeve, welcome ye, all.
the setting sun lightly kissing the cliffs & shores

Europe » Ireland » County Clare October 16th 2017

Yes, you read that right. I never in a million years would have guessed that my first hurricane would be experienced in Ireland. I kept humming different "hurricane" tunes in my head, such as Scorpion's "Rock You Like A Hurricane". Our original plan this day was to do a slow and leisurely drive to Dubln, while stopping off at various sites. We were most looking forward to visiting Cashel Rock. Maybe next time. We awoke on time, and were easily on the road by 5am. The winds were still calm and there was a light rain. It felt eery, knowing what was just off shore. The traffic was light and we made great time. When we got near Dublin, the traffic was heavier, but it was moving along fine. It was about 7am. The winds had ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Clare October 15th 2017

We decided to stay close by this day, and visit the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Many guide books that we read had said this place is a tourist trap. I do not agree. We thought it was well worth the visit. I would say that it is similar to Colonial Williamsburg in the USA. A great place to see and learn some local customs and history. We awoke about 9am, and had a lovely breakfast provided by our Airbnb host. Their home was very nice. So peaceful, warm, and inviting. We spent several hours wandering the maze that is the Folk Park. After that, we crossed the road to have lunch at the Creamery Bar. I had some more fish and chips with a Guinness. It was good food and service here. After lunch, we ... read more
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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