28 September:

"The Quiet Man"

 The west coast of Ireland is a windy place.  We were bundled up

Swimming weather?

against the wind, but three young women swimming in Galway Bay didn’t seem to mind the cold at all.

We took a quick picture stop at Dunquaire Castle, a nice compact castle in good repair.  There was a beautiful thatched house across the street too.  But our real goal was the Burren, mountainous land in Western Ireland covered in bare weathered limestone.

The Poulnabrone portal tomb was on a high Burren hill.  Archeologists found the remains of 33 people who were buried there between 4200 and 2900 B.C.  as well as the bones of one baby placed there about a thousand years later.  It is believed to be the oldest Neolithic tomb in Europe.

Last sign plus 3 steps

The entire coastline is spectacular.  A wind surfer seemed to move almost as fast as our car.  After lunch in a pub in Doolin, we visited the dramatic Cliffs of Moher.  At the end of one paved path is a sign saying going further was prohibited, then a sign saying “private land,” then a sign in several languages saying to please not proceed, then a beaten path along the cliff.  Just three steps beyond the last sign was the best view of all.

Most stone walls have been of rough uneven stone, but the Liscanner stone was laid down in nice even layers and splits to make walls that look like they are made of paving stones. 

After stopping to watch surfers in Lahinch, we finished our first full day without even a rain shower at The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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