Thoughts and memories of living and traveling abroad

Ireland: Next leg – Lisdoonvarna and Cliffs of Moher

After our fun in Galway with the Volvo Ocean Race we took a bus about an hour and a half southwest to a small town called Lisdoonvarna, home of the Matchmaking Festival. And by small I mean small. The population is about 700.

The bus ride there was fun with great scenery. We were really getting into the picturesque (and green) view of what I believe truly represents Ireland. 

castle

water

There were these “fences” made of stone all throughout the country. 

rock on

road

After a short trip we made it to our hostel, the Sleepzone

sleepzone

zzzzz

We dropped our bags and walked back to the bus stop en route for the Cliffs of Moher. They are amazing! The Cliffs are 214m (about 700 feet) high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres (about 5 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. From the Cliffs you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

Needless to say… pictures don’t do it justice!

wow

splash

harp

moi

nice view

The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland. The area was designated as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive in 1989. Included within the designated site are the cliffs, the cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water, directly in front of the cliffs to protect part of the birds’ feeding area. The designation covers 200 hectares and highlights the area’s importance for wildlife.

splish

O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on the highest point of the majestic Cliffs.

O'Brien

tower

heath

atlantic

We tried…

us

Don’t fall!

ahhhhhhh

hang on

beach

me

us again

mooo

Moo

so greeeen

Sooo… we broke the rules a little and climbed under the barbed wire. It was Heath’s idea!!! I was so scared to sit here but I’m glad we did. It was so peaceful. 

beautiful

See the bit of terror in my face? 

ahhhhh

More moo

More moo

Heath LOVES it here! ha!

Heath LOVES it here! ha!

We were thankful for yet another beautiful, sunny day in Ireland! Back to Lisdoonvarna to find refreshments!

gulp!

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