Exploring County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Trip End Jul 14, 2012


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Flag of Ireland  , County Clare,
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

In July I rented a car and we went exploring with Alice County Clare (south of Galway). After a quick stop at Kinvarra (to see the castle), we arrived at the imposing Cliffs of Moher which are the most visited spots in Ireland. The view was amazing and the weather was not so bad so we could see everything. I went to the Cliffs in March with a friend and as the weather was totally foggy, we couldn't see anything. So if you want to visit it, be sure that the weather is not foggy. For the visit, you have to pay 4 euros per person (for students) at the entrance of the parking but the Cliffs are really a spot to go if you visit Ireland. It is awesome in terms of size and panorama.



The advantage of the car is that you can explore as you want, so we stopped a lot during this day. After visiting the Cliffs, we stopped at Lahinch and in a pub in Milltown Malbay to have a good fish and chips. By the way, the best way to enjoy good traditional food in Ireland is to go in the pubs. Later, we stop at Spanish Point and at this moment, the weather became rainy. We were impressed because some people were having a swim in the sea as it was thunderstorm…crazy Irish!! :-)

Afterwards, we took the road back to Galway and decided to go across the Burren (National Park). This area measuring approximately 250 square kilometers is enclosed roughly within the circle made by the villages Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna. Its specificity is that it is a rocky area. Our idea was to stop and to go for a walk around Poulnabrone Dolmen which is one of the symbols of the region but we couldn’t find it (the Lonely Planet map wasn’t really precise). So we stopped later on the road and went for a walk which allowed us to have an amazing panorama on Galway Bay. At this moment we were lucky as it was not raining. Coming back to Galway, the weather was horrible on the road. It was so raining that we couldn’t see anything and there was maybe 10 centimeters of water on the road. This is the Irish weather!!
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