|Cliffs of Moher looking left|
May 21 - Monday
After a short stop in Adare ( bathroom and shopping ) we continued to the Cliffs of Moher. Again the drive provided great scenery.
The parking lot was busy as was the restaurant ( decent lunch ) and the one gift shop I visited but the cliffs viewing areas are large and spread out so it didn't feel crowded.
There was a light cool breeze as we walked up the hill and steps to the top. Stunning views.
Inside the visitor centre there is a walk through display/information gallery worth the visit.
|Looking back at parking lot and walkway up. Restaurant, gift shops and toilets built into the hills at left.|
|View down to local town, we passed sandy beaches and a links golf course ( lots of sand traps! )|
|View tower, reproduction, extra charge and really no need.|
|close up of rock formation|
|The Burren, neolithic portal tomb|
|Very small section of the Burren|
|looking down into the crevices in the stony ground|
|same tomb different view|
|Stone wall as we walked from the parking lot. One of the view vertical rock placements we saw.|
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|Dunguaire Castle. Our dinner and entertainment spot.|
|View from the road as we walked to the castle.|
May 22 - Tuesday
After a short stop at a Connemara Marble shop and factory ( nothing caught my eye ) we continued on through a portion of Connemara National Park. There was a light mist falling when we stopped at a peat bog for a close look. It really was a wet soggy place. The piles of peat get turned as they dry out. These bogs were hand dug. Pat said there is less waste when the traditional method is used. We passed fields and fields of peat and seldom saw houses.
|Worth the walk.|
|Stakes of peat, still very wet.|
|All alone on the long road.|
Kylemore Abbey and grounds form a large part of the park. Once a private home it became a convent and school until recent years and now relies on tourism. The house is worth a quick look inside but does not live up to the outside. The gardens are spectacular. The original Victorian walled gardens are being reclaimed and are worth a wander.
|A little hard to see but there are reeds in the water held down my rocks.|
|section of the walled garden|
|the reeds, once pliable, are used to stake up plantings|
|treed area outside the walled garden|
|another section of the walled garden...the rocky mountains are a wonderful visual backdrop|
|free standing rock wall was once part of a glass greenhouse, several have been restored|
|lake and view from the terrace of Kylemore|
|inside Matt Malloy's pub in Westport, short beer stop .. feeling much improved and I'm sure it was due to the beer and not the cold medication|
|We shared the Atlantic Coast hotel with international riders and support teams participating in the Ras. |
The route coincided with portions of ours and we saw..and slowly followed great packs of bikes. Many bike clubs in the area came out and followed portions of the route as well. Interesting traffic jams on very narrow roads.