A Different Visit to Ireland

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The Burren

I left the Doolin area and headed up into the Burren. I found a castle, abandoned houses, an old school and an old tomb or something.
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Cows Grazing on the Burren

Driving through the Burren in Ireland I saw an amazing phenomena. Cows that seem to grow fat on pastures that are mostly rock.
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Caves in the Burren

The Burren is a fascinating part of Ireland, a truly unique place.  There are incredible panoramas with castles and ruins, dolmens,  standing stones, forts and portal tombs, 

You can’t see it, but under the Burren is networked with caves. Continue reading

Plants and Flowers of the Burren

Some see the Burren as just a barren, rocky wilderness. At first all you see is rock and maybe moss. But there is much more to the Burren. Continue reading

The Cliffs of Moher

If you are going to Ireland, you have to see the Cliffs of Moher. They are the Cliffs of Insanity in the Princess Bride movie.
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Along the Coast to Doolin Harbour

The drive from the Cliffs of Moher to Doolin was beautiful. I drove down R478, Ballard Road, along the coast.  I drove through Burren karst pavements, beautiful green fields, passed ruins and castles to Doolin Harbour.
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Craggy Island B&B

Craggy Island B&B
Ardeamush, Doolin, County Clare, Ireland

I had a wonderful surprise in the morning at Craggy Island Bed and Breakfast!

After a day around the Cliffs of Moher, I had a beautiful drive along the sea to Craggy Island Bed and Breakfast. Everything was new. Breakfast was delicious. Bev O’Connor was so very hospitable. Her husband, Adrian O’Connor is a local musician. It was an excellent choice to explore Doolin’s traditional Irish music pubs and the Burren. Doolin Cave is also nearby.
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Ballinalacken Castle

I left Doolin early, making my way toward the Burren. In the morning mist, I could see a tower in the distance. I found the entrance to Ballinalacken Castle near the intersection of R477 and R479, near Lisdoonvarna, Fanore and Doolin in Killilagh parish, County Clare, Ireland.
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Along Galway Bay

I made my way along the small bays of Galway Bay on R477. I saw Ballynacregga Castle and Finavarra Tower, another Napoleon Tower, this one with an oval footprint. The route drives between the beautiful ban and the solid limestone hills of the Burren.  I also visited the little village of Kinvarra and its quay.
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Dunguaire Castle

I left Doolin, wandered through the Burren and found my way to Galway Bay. I found Dunguaire Castle as I drove along the shore.

Dunguaire Castle is a tower house built around 1520 by the O’Hynes clan. It is near Kinvarra on the Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland.  It is named after the fort that was here before the tower house was built. The castle is small, with a 75 foot tower and defensive walls.
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Farms near Ardrahan

I drove through the Burren and along Galway Bay, then turned toward Shannon Harbor and the Grand Canal. Near Ardrahan I stopped to photograph a thatched cottage. I parked where it was a bit wider on the other side of the road. A woman came out and asked me to photograph her horse. It was one of the most wonderful things that happened on my trip. She showed me medieval ruins, farms and so many animals.
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The Deserted School Houses of Ireland

I drove by an old school behind Ballinalacken Castle not far from the Cliffs of Moher.  I wanted to learn more about it. Continue reading

Irish Peatland and Bogs

There  are a lot of geographic features in Ireland. Areas vary from the granite, sandstone and limestone mountains to the karst area of the Burren, with limestone, shale and sandstone to the basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway. There are fields and fields full of sheep. And some of those fields are bogs. Continue reading

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