Yesterday we walked the Burren in County Clare with Shawn, a farmer, who showed us plants that grow on the tundra flourishing alongside orchids! This landscape was formed over 340 million years ago with glacial-era limestone, caves, fossils, and even archaeological sites to visit.
Then we went on to the Cliffs of Moher after some Guiness stew for lunch. It had been misting all morning. As we drew closer to the cliffs, fog settled in. By the time we arrived it was so thick we could hardly see anything. Rain came down as we left the bus and hurried for the visitor center.
Everyone was so disappounted, but when we stepped outside, it had stopped raining and the fog was lifting. We hurried up, up, up the walkway and there they were – 724 meters tall, formed over 300 million years ago and carved by time. Our spirits lifted like the fog when we gazed upon the beautiful cliffs rising up from the sea. Erosion by the sea waves are forming sea caves that are clearly visible. O’ Brien’s Tower serves as a viewing point.On a very clear day, you can see all the way to Galway Bay.
Later, when we get to Dublin, we hope the WIFI band is strong enough to send photos. Here in Ennistymon the photos just won’t upload to the blog. Frustrating, but will share photos later and when we return home.
Today we are off to Bunratty Castle, Folk Park, and then on to Adare, County Limerick.We will do a walking tour of Adare, said to be Ireland’s prettiest village.