The Cliffs and the Burren

Another day in County Clare. Today we began in my favorite place in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher. They rise up to 700 feet in places and are magnificent in all seasons.

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A bit foggy in the distance, but still stunning.

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There is a cave here. The sign said it was used in the film Harry and the Half Blood Prince…with Dumbledore retrieving the locket I would guess.

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The cliffs are dangerous near the edge because they can crumble. So you are meant to stay inside the wall. I just love this sign.

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O’Brien’s Tower in the distance. Built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien to impress female visitors. You can go inside and climb up for am amazing view.

Next stop the Burren. Right near the Ailwee Caves there is an old earthen ring fort. We discovered it on our first trip to Ireland. It is not as famous as other things in the Burren, but I love it.

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You can see the wall here.

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And here. It is very peaceful inside the ring fort.

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This is the view from the ring fort. So green and lovely, even in the winter.

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The other side of the ring fort. I love the moss on the trees.

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A pond in the middle is a result of the recent rains.

It is a charming place.

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Back in the car, driving into the Burren, we spotted this young cow….trying to snack on the ivy on the wall. What is it about cow eyes? Gorgeous!

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The Poulnabrone Dolman is a portal tomb dating from the Neolithic period, probably between 4200BC-2900BC. It sits in a stony field in the Burren. There is a rope around it now, but the first time we were here it was just sitting there. Majestic really. We were very lucky today to be the only people at the dolman. Sometimes it is crowded with tourists.

The Burren Perfumery is in the Burren so we stopped by there. I wanted to see the gardens there in the light. Definitely worth it. Even at this time of year when most of the flowers have gone, the garden is beautiful.

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This is a willow arch like Colette makes. There is a bench beneath it…it would be a shady, green spot in summer.

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Green bracken growing on the gray stone wall.

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I liked this structure amid the flowers.

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Do you see the “person” in the bed? Fantastic!

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A mossy stone circle in front of the stone wall. Just lovely.

We left the garden and headed up the coast to have some tea.

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I will leave you with this view of the sea.
Tomorrow is another day.

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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2 Responses to The Cliffs and the Burren

  1. Lovely photos!
    If you like photography, we’d like to invite you to participate in our next Travel Photography Competition. Here are the details:
    http://hitchhikershandbook.com/your-contributions/travel-photography/
    Happy travels!

  2. wspines says:

    HI Patti,
    Your pictures are great, glad you got to The Perfumery, hope you liked it. Going to Florida instead of Ireland worked out.
    Carole

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