So meanwhile it’s my last out of 5 weeks here in Ireland and I have already explored, admired and enjoyed lots of things in this beautiful country. But last weekend I probably capped it all off, sightseeing-wise:
Again I booked a daytrip with Paddywagon, as I did 3 weeks ago, when visiting the Ring of Kerry. This time the trip headed to the County Clare and probably to one of Irelands most visited sights.
I visited the famous CLIFFS OF MOHER.
After a short stop in Limerick, where we collected a few more tour guests, the journey continued towards the County Clare with a nice entertainment by our driver Michael. The views during the ride to the Atlantic was actually not THAT spectacular, because the only thing to be seen was fog. But the arrival at the coast side topped everything. The route led us on narrow streets through a place called “The Burren”, a huge, rugged area …but then…beyond a hill the sight changed completely.
No clouds. No fog. Just blue skies and rays of light reflecting in the wide ocean. We stopped at a small cliff at first to get some fresh air after the ride and get a first impression of what lies upon us. So the tour continued and at lunch time we stopped at a neat restaurant in a small, charming village next to the sea. Once more, I got surprised by the frankness of the Irish people as I sat down (after running around to take as much photos of the numerous crows as possible) to eat my sandwich, a man from the village came by and we had a nice conversation.
But the main event of the day was yet to come. After a short ride of 15 more minutes we finally arrived at the CLIFFS OF MOHER.
Neither words nor the photos can describe or capture the breath-taking sight correctly. The beauty of this place is simply amazing. From the parking space we walked a few stairways and plateau-like constructed terraces up to a platform where we finally caught a view on this world famous cliff formation as it almost protrudes 700 feet from the sea in a right ankle. On the top edges of the Cliffs I saw people seeming to be as small as ants and I really understood how immensely huge this place was.
On the right side of the area also was an apparently tiny tower, the O’Brien’s Tower on the very top of the cliff. In the almost two hours of our stay we tried to cover as much of the area as possible and often peeked down the abyss with a queasy feeling.
Basically there was no real protection than our common sense of safety. The areas where you could go really close to the slope were marked with signs and fences indeed, but at least really stood at the precipice – at your own risk!
Nobody really wanted to go back, but at the end we had to obey the tour’s agenda and we went back to Cork.
It is definitely an experience you should not miss, when you visit Ireland.
But it is very important to have good weather. Probably you won’t see anything visiting the cliffs without sunshine and clear skies, we’ve been told. So you should probably check the forecast for the County Clare when you plan your trip.
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