Rocks and stones
| August 26, 2015

Hello again! ;) Today we are located in the Co. Clare, where the landscape is more stony and bare than in the other parts of Ireland.

Locations to visit

THE BURREN | So is called a piece of land in the North of the county. Burren comes from the Irish An Bhoireann and means "stony place". It looks like a moonscape: only stones, not much vegetation. We've only driven along the borderland, so I didn't get to see the whole Burren area but the difference of the Burren and the usual landscape of Ireland in direct contrast is quite impressive, too.

There is also a Burren National Park you can drive through, it's certainly worth a visit!

After a well done sightseeing and taking photos, you can have a little break at the Burren Coast Hotel. You may be certain to have a very nice view from the terrace and good food. Of course this might be an option to stay, too, but I can't tell you anything about it (didn't stay there).

CLIFFS OF MOHER | I would call it the most visited and best known tourist attraction of Ireland. Since Ireland is a quite flat country, at this point the cliffs of the West coast drop down about 200 m. This natural spectacle attracts so many people that the official visitor center and associated parking place was full when we arrived. They told us to come back in 2 hours, so we drove along the road to find a place to have a little picnic.
About 500 m behind the visitor center, a sign lead right to a parking place. We took the country lane, which was quite narrow, right behind a trailer and drove about 3 km through the fields. Near the end of the ground there was a farm and its owners guided us to park our car on a big meadow. It's been only 2 €, at the visitor center you pay per person (in fact for 4 adults it is about 24 € - visitor experience building included). Of course you can book Wild Atlantic Way Guided Tours there and things like that if you're interested!

The walk from the farm to the cliffs was about 30 minutes. Dogs are not allowed to enter the gate to the cliffs because there is no fencing around the ledge. From this place you can walk again along the cliffs back to the visitor zone and the O'Brian's Tower. Instead of walking there, we made our little picnic with a Wild Atlantic View, quite good.

DROMOLAND CASTLE | Found this one in an information issue about Ireland. I didn't know that this castle is a Hotel & Country Estate. As we undertook the journey, we wanted to have a look of course. We strolled through the park, while a wedding celebration was going on in the ancient building. There's not much to talk about except it was beautiful!

I also loved watching...

... the homes of the Irish. Since my dad or brother had to drive, I've been spending time on watching houses. In Ireland most people own huge lots with a front lawn and a slip road to the estate. Everything is clean and neat and so so lovely. Sadly, many pictures were blurred because I took them while driving but here are some good ones to show you (the most beautiful homes only popped through the woods and weren't good to see, but the little spot was enough to hint at a dreamy estate)!

I am wearing
Blouse Tom Tailor
Sweater Vero Moda
Jeans Zara
Boots Ted Baker
Parka Rainbow
Bag Fiorelli

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