|A village on the way|
The Cliffs of Moher stretch for about 8 km and are Ireland's most visited natural attraction. We parked the car and were pleased to note that the tour buses and crowds had not arrived yet. We grabbed our cameras, water bottles and rain coats (just in case) and walked to the Information Centre across the road. This area is well developed for tourists with some paved pathways. After checking out the tourist centre we headed up the path to view the Cliffs of Moher. There are no words to describe the view! We were fortunate that it was a clear, sunny day. Many arrive to find the area fogged in and not able to see anything. We walked to O'Brien's Tower. The tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru. The tower was built as an observation tower for tourists visiting the Cliffs of Moher. We followed a pathway along a stone wall and a neighbouring field of cows. Oh, and just in case you are ever doing that walk....yes, the fence is electric and turned on!!!! We didn't get as far as the cairn that marks the highest point at the Cliffs, but enjoyed the view from the wall instead. We walked back to the tourist centre and checked out the educational displays and then visited with one of the employees before heading back to the car park.
|Cliffs of Moher|
|Along the rock wall|
We left the Cliffs of Moher and headed to Killarney, our next overnight stop. We were traveling along more windy roads and had to stop to let a farmer move his cows across the road. It was also exciting and nerve racking to watch tour buses meet on the road ahead of us....there was almost no clearance between them and one bus would pull to the side to let the other bus by.
|Narrow tree lined roads|
|Waiting for the cows|
|The entrance to the Ardree B&B|
We finally settled on a place for dinner at the Salvador and I had a curry dish and Doug had pork chops. We listened to some of the street musicians and then found a pub that advertised Irish music. The Danny Mann was a great place to spend the evening. We found a couple stools at the bar and ordered a drink. We met a couple from Belfast who were sitting beside us and we enjoyed visiting with them as we listened to the music of a duo called Natural Gas. The Irish term for this is craic, we had a good laugh after they explained this to us. When they first mentioned that they like to come to the pubs for some "crack", we were not sure what they meant!!! The owner's daughter also entertained us with some dancing. It was a very enjoyable evening!!
|Music to sing along with|
|A young Irish dancer|