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Skipping the cliffs of Moher & visiting the Burren

Ireland 2008


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large_1297706_14339646699663.jpgNext morning at breakfast we met an Italian couple also staying in the B&B, their route is opposite ours so we could exchange the must sees ahead. First we went back to Quin [Quin-travel-guide-938508] to take a picture of the abby right across the streed from the pub where we had dinner last night. Then its off to the famous Cliffs of Moher. At Lahinch we started following the coastal route again. At the Cliffs of Moher we found out that parking only already cost €8,- I really thought that was crazy much! So we skipped those famous cliffs. A bit further up the route, at Doolin we could see the cliffs in the distance and I must say I don\'t think they are specially more beautiful than the ones at Portmagee [Portmagee-travel-guide-938466] although those are not 8 km long. At Doolin we could take a boat trip to the cliffs but it was rough seas, we just got off a boat (Skellig islands tour) and we kind of had it with those cliffs. Off to the next site!

Well actually we are already at the next site, the Burren, it means rocky place, and so it is.large_1297706_14339646703953.jpgAnd across the pub, the abbeyThe limestone pavement as they call it looks really weird but beautiful. It is such a special landscape that there actually was a film crew filming. We visited Aillwee cave, how that was discovered is a nice story: In 1940 a farmer saw his dog disappear in a hole, he went home, got some candles and went in after the dog. The animal was alright sitting on a ledge in a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. the farmer took the dog and went home not telling about the cave for 33 years. In 1973 he finally told about what happened and the cave and today it is open for visits. The cave was formed by an underground river carving a egg shaped corridor, after the river dried up the sides caved in which gives it the special shape it has today. Entrance fee was €15,- but besides the cave you can also visit the bird park with lots of birds of preyand a cheese making farm.

At Poulnabrone we visited the famous dolmen, it is said to be a prehistoric gravesite (I was told the dolmens in the Netherlands weren\'t graves so i\'m not sure this one is) We had to wait for a whole bus Dutch seniors to leave but then we had the dolmen all to ourselves.

Next B&B in Clarebridge is right next to the pub, great!

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:34 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes cliffs nature coastline

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