Inisheer and Cliffs of Moher

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
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Trip End Jul 31, 2011


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Flag of Ireland  , County Clare,
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We got up at 8:00 and had breakfast at 8:45. We had muesli, I had yogurt, Erin had a bacon and cheese omelet and I had scrambled eggs with bacon.  Of course bacon over here is more like a thin slice of ham.  We got a clear, warm, sunny day.  The best one of the trip = no fog, mist or rain, only blue skies and sunshine.  We went straight to the ferry terminal which was only 2k down the road.  We got there just before 9:30 and were able to take an earlier ferry that was just leaving.  On the way over we met a young lady and her dad who are Americans living in Italy.  He is a consultant with an U.S. Army base.  Julia attends an Italian school.  She has been in Italy since she was 3 so she speaks like a native.  She also takes German in school.  She told us that some of the latest Harry Potter movie was filmed at the Cliffs of Moher.  We talked most of the way over standing on the front of the upper deck and enjoying the roller coaster-like movement of the boat.  The crossing to Inisheer took about 45 minutes

When we docked there were touring vans, horses and carts and bicycles to rent.  We chose the bicycles and headed out the coast road on the north side of the island.  Inisheer is one of the Aran Islands and they are well known for their stone fences and hand knit woolen sweaters.  The fences were everywhere, enclosing small fields that sometimes had cows, or sheep or horses in them.  There must have been a lot of stones on the island to make that many fences.  It wasn't long till our road turned to gravel and in a few places we had to use grass connector roads to get where we wanted to go.  We road to the end of the road and then headed back to the village.  Then we headed up the road to O’Brien’s castle ruin and church ruin.  On the way we stopped at a graveyard that has a sunken church ruin.  You can’t see the church from the road as it is on top of a hill surrounded by gravestones. 

Then we continued to the castle ruin, riding when we could and pushing our bikes when it got too steep.  We had a great view of the whole island from there.  Then we went up further to the more recent ruins of a church.  Erin wanted to go out to the end of the island again but I didn’t want to, so she went and I rode back into the village.  At least I rode most of the way.  Some of it was too steep and I had to walk my bike using the brake to keep it from getting away from me.  At the bottom I turned in my bike and went to find the one and only Craft Store.  When I got there Erin was out front with her bicycle.  We went in and tried on sweaters.  We both intend to buy an Aran Isle knit sweater while we are here but they had a small selection.  So we decided to wait until we go to Inishmore at our next stop. 

We got on the ferry to head to the Cliffs of Moher about 2:00.  Again we were at the front with Julia and her dad. These sheer cliffs are 650 feet high at the highest point and 5 miles wide.  What a sight!  We could see people up on top all along the cliffs.  Julia’s dad told us they close the gates to the top at 6:30 so we decided we would head there after the cruise.  We sailed close to a sea stack that had kittiwakes, guillemots, and cormorants nesting and flying around.  We took lots of pictures especially of the sea stack.  Julia pointed out where she thought the Harry Potter movie was made so we took several pictures of that part.  We got back to Doolin about 3:30 and got stuck in a traffic jam trying to get out of there.  Cars were parked all along the road so that only one vehicle could go through and there were people still trying to get down to the pier.  We finally got going and headed to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center on the top of the cliffs.  It was a lot of climbing up stairs and I soon petered out after all the bike riding.  So I only went to the top of the highest part.  Erin went to the top of another cliff while I waited at the bottom of the stairs.  We visited the gift shops and then left.  Erin finally found a flag of Ireland magnet for her fridge. 

All during the day today, I felt worse and worse, more and more tired.  I have a head cold.  When we got back to Doolin we went to supper at McDermott’s.  Erin had fish and chips with salad and I had bangers and mash with baked beans.  After supper we both had naps.  Erin went to McGann’s and McDermott’s for Guinness and music.  I stayed in the room and skyped Larry, wrote my blog, down loaded pictures and packed a little.  Erin came in about ten and we were soon sleeping.
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Toni on

Oh, I do hope you feel better soon.

peggy on

Time for a hot lemon tea. Feel better soon.

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bigdhaas on

Best pictures yet!

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