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.
There were these “fences” made of stone all throughout the country.
After a short trip we made it to our hostel, the Sleepzone.
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!
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.
O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on the highest point of the majestic Cliffs.
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.
See the bit of terror in my face?
We were thankful for yet another beautiful, sunny day in Ireland! Back to Lisdoonvarna to find refreshments!