Tuesday, July 7, 2015

We stayed in the village of Ballyvaughn in County Clare for two nights. County Clare is on the west coast of Ireland. Monday was our touring day. We started with a drive through an area called the Burren. This a strange landscape of exposed limestone that covers about 300 sq km.
While there is little but rock on the Burren, there are an amazing array of tiny flowering plants especially in the spring.
Surprisingly, despite the apparent barrenness,  this area supported large numbers of people in ancient times. There are many historic sites. We stopped to explore the Poulnabrone Dolmen on our way. This is an 4500-year old neolithic tomb.

Besides the Burren, the cliffs of Moher were the other site we were particularly interested in seeing. We did a boat ride and then visited the top of the cliffs.These cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe and reach a height of 710ft.

Notice O'Brien's tower on top of the cliff. We took a picture of it when we did our walk on the trail at the top of the cliffs.
 This sea stack is home to one of the largest sea bird colonies in Ireland.
 Here is O'Brien's column from on top of the cliff

You can O'Brien's in this picture. It gives some prospective to the height of the cliff.

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