Friday, October 14, 2011

Ireland 2011 - Chapter 5 - The Cliffs of Moher

We really enjoyed our stay in Dingle town. The pub at our hotel offered live music in the evening, so we finally had a chance to hear some wonderful, foot-stompin' traditional Irish music. And my mom and I had our first Irish coffees! Mmmmm!

We had a free morning in Dingle to wander around and check out the town, do a little shopping, and visit the local farmers' market.

Produce at the farmers' market in Dingle, County Kerry
The new crop of potatoes was in, and we saw signs all over the countryside for NEW SPUDS.

Farmers' market at Dingle

Goose salami, bison salami, and Irish chorizo at the Dingle farmers' market
Kelp products at the Dingle farmers' market

We did a lot of driving that day - from Dingle through Tralee to Tarbert, where we took a ferry across the River Shannon to Kilrush. But it was a beautiful day and the sun was shining, and I didn't have a care in the world. I just sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed being chauffeured around and watching the gorgeous scenery go by.


For years and years, I have longed to see the famous Cliffs of Moher, and this was the day my wish came true! We were giddy with anticipation as we walked up to the edge and saw this jaw-dropping scene ...

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

This is the highest cliff, at 700 feet!

Cliffs of Moher

 There are warning signs like this all over the place ...


but stupid American college kids still insist on doing this ...

People at the top of the 700' high cliff

The "green" visitors' center is built into the hillside, so it doesn't spoil the area around the cliffs.


We finished up our day at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, where we had a beautiful view of the waterfalls, the village, and the church ruins on the hilltop.

The falls at Ennistymon, County Clare
Begonias in the garden at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon

Tomorrow it's on to County Galway and Connemara.

1 comment:

Sue said...

Cliffs - When we were there, people would crawl out on their bellies and look over the edge. Not this chick! I enjoyed the Cliffs from very far away.

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