Monday, 4 April 2016

Galway and the West Coast

A long day of travelling along narrow country lanes.  Whilst it is slower, you do get to see more of the interesting countryside.  Actually if it wasn’t for the white stone cottages I could be in New Zealand.  Crossing the border from Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland proved to be uneventful.  There wasn’t a physical border crossing point.  One moment we were in one country and the next in another.  There were no identity checks for the ferry to Scotland so movement between Ireland and England is rather porous.

Eventually the coastline was reached.  It’s rugged with many inlets.  I made numerous stops along the way to take photos.


I would love to have the exclusive rights to supply white paint in Ireland Smile


At one point the road became a short causeway between two lakes and there was an interesting looking house to the right on the far side of the lake.


What do the Irish do with their rubbish?  Apparently they tie it to a ‘fairy tree’.


Eventually I reached The Cliffs of Moher


The girls from Red Bull had arrived in their mini pickups to dispense complimentary drinks.  They were all blonde, excited, giggly and appeared to be having a great time racing around the countryside.


The nice entrance gates were unmanned.  The entry ticket was purchased from the ramshackled booth in the carpark.

This is what wikipedia has to say about the cliffs.

The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair) are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head and reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north ofO'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres to the north. A round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien. From the cliffs and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pinsmountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs rank amongst the top-visited tourist sites in Ireland and receive almost one million visitors a year.


O’Brien’s Tower

It was at this point my camera battery went flat so I reverted to the phone camera.


There’s ‘free’ wifi in the two star hotel, hence the blog post.

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