Scenic day tour of county clare
Sep 01, 2006
Dec 28, 2006
I finally made it to the cliffs of moher and the burren, two of the most impressive places along the west coast of ireland. As usual, the weather forecast was completely wrong. They called for bright sun and clear skies and we ended up with thick fog and heavy rain at the cliffs. I wouldn't want it any other way. The burren, a 150 sq km barren limestone landscape was formed some 300 odd million years ago during the carboniferous period when Ireland was only a pipedream in the eyes of the geologic gods. As a part of Pangaea, the supercontinent, and located on or near the equator, Ireland was mostly a shallow water tropical environment. However, over millions of years of lithification, compaction and serious erosion, the burren landscape today is a barren landscape somewhat resembling a moonscape. The area is world-renowned for its geology and flora/fauna, home to some 400 arctic, tropical and mid-lattitude flowers. Unfortunately I only saw one of the 400 flowers. The other amazing stop of the trip was the cliffs of moher. 600 ft high shear cliffs overlooking the aran islands and open atlantic beyond. The views were breathtaking and the lack of safety precautions was astounding. We figured anything similar in the U.S. would have 10 ft. electric fences and security guards galore. Not the case in Ireland. They repeatedly cautioned that at least one or two people meet their fate every year at the cliffs... falling off to a quick and violent thud against the chilly water below. Let's just say we were careful not to get too close to the edge. It was another great day trip with great scenery and history only a short drive from Galway City. Hope you like 'em. Cheers.