We arrived at Shannon airport in the early hours
of Sunday April 17th. The weather was typical Irish wet and blustery.
The all night flight left us a bit road weary yet also very excited
about the days to come. We picked up our rental car and proceeded to
drive an hour or so to our first destination, the cliffs of Moher. The
morning drive took us thru County Claire past rolling green hills filled
with cows, sheep, stone walls, the occasional derelict ruin, picturesque
quaint small towns, a lovely little intro to the atypical Irish
landscape. When we arrived at the cliffs the weather had not improved
and the cliffs were barely visible thru the fog. So the next logical
step was to find a pub, (the first of many that we would frequent) and
have a Guinness, (the first of many that we would quaff). The pub had
some fine stew as well. The combination of no sleep, warm stew topped
off with a few Guinness left us a bit done in, so we checked into our
hotel and slept. We woke up later that afternoon to see warm sunny blue
skies, skies that we saw every morning thereafter until our departure!
So back to the cliffs of Moher we went for a few hours of hiking along
the cliff sides.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most
spectacular sights. The Cliffs of Moher rise from Hag's Head in the
south and reach their highest point (230 meters) just north of O’Brien’s
Tower. From this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay,
as well as The Twelve Pins and the Connemara Mountains to the north.
O'Brien's Tower was built in 1835 by
Cornelius O'Brien a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.
Herself in the doorway of O'Brien's
Some sort of air
plant growing on the side of O'Brien's Tower.