Time to share some experiences from the most iconic place in Ireland ... and with a reason! Cliffs of Moher are 120m high cliffs that rise above the Atlantic ocean, and reach maximum hight of as much as 214m! The views are simply breathtaking.
The journey to the West started early. My friend Maria and me joined the tour from Dublin. The first stop that day:
OK, but the real first thing we visited was the Village of Kinvara. It lies in the county Galway and I was kinda excited to stop there, because this village is the place, where the story The New Policeman takes place. I read that book for my Irish class and its a lovely story about Irish magic and mythology. Also, the Dunguaire Castle is situated near the village.
The next stop was at the Corcomroe Abbey, whic is a very pretty deserted abby, situated at the Burren. Burren is a stoney-landscape in the West of Ireland, and also a National Park. It is renowed for a wild beauty - totally agree - and another interesting piece of information is, that 3/4 of Irish flowers can be found in the Burren. Impresive for a stoney landscape, hmm?
As we were driving to the abbey, we drove past this field, which was nicely cultivated, except for its far end. The tour guide explained us that this is because on that place there used to be a ringfort. In Irish folklore it goes, that whoever disrupts the ringfort, will make the faries very mad, as the ringforts belong to them. If you, for example, break a little piece of a three growing at the ringfort, you will have seven years of misery. So even today people still respect this tradition.
The first cliffs we saw were The Baby cliffs (The name comes from comparison to the Cliffs of Moher, duh). They are just as pretty, however not as dramatic, since they are much lower. Byt lovely anyway. :)
And then, finally, The oh-so-famous Cliffs of Moher. And then, disapointment. Exactly at the moment we arrived at the cliffs, there came the fog. And when I say fog, I mean the Irish kind of fog, thick and sticky kind, when you cant see the tip of your nose. So not nuch fun, expecting the amazing landscape and getting this:
And then a miracle happened. 20 minutes latter, in one minute, the scene changed from the upper picture to this:
I will end now with the story. It was a very eventful day, ful of all kinds of surprises. All I can say is please, please come to Ireland! Its SUCH an amazing country!