Ireland is known for their 40 shades of green where rugged mountain ranges dominate the skyline while cliff faces, crevices and underground caves are calling out to be explored.
With a total population of 6.6 million, the country is divided into four provinces: Leinster in the east, Connacht in the west, Ulster in the north and Munster in the south. Theses provinces are further split into 32 counties of which six are in Northern Ireland (UK).
On this particular day I departed the capital city of Dublin and headed west through 13 counties for my next craic.
“Craic” – Irish slang for fun/enjoyment.
On the three hour journey we spotted the Barack Obama’s Plaza.
Yes, an Irish gas (petrol) station named after the former USA President.
In 2007, US President Barack Obama discovered that his great-great-great grandfather was from a little village called Moneygall in Co Offaly, Ireland.
It’s a gas station with a convenience store, sandwich shop, Supermac’s fast food joint serving Papa John’s Pizza, and a coffee stand. Inside there is also an “exhibition” with images and videos of when the Obama’s came to visit.
Cliffs of Moher
Upon arriving in West Clare, close to Liscannor Village. We saw Ireland’s second most popular tourist destination, The Cliffs of Moher. Seen in movies like The Princess Bride (1987), Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince (2009) and Leap Year (2010). Locals call it Hag’s Head as they claim it resembles a woman’s head looking out to the sea when viewed from the North.
The Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. They rise to 120 meters above the Atlantic Ocean, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters.
Over 1.5million visitors per year.
Note – Admission Costs: Free for under 16s, €6 Adults, €4,50 for students (ID required) and Seniors (65+).
Built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien a descendant of Brian Boru (The first High King of Ireland). He believed that tourism would benefit the local economy and O’Brien’s Tower was built for visitors who came to see the Cliffs of Moher.
The main structure of the Tower was originally composed of two linked round towers built of fine local stone. One tower still remains and has a spiral iron staircase leading to a viewing platform at the top. On a clear day you can see across to the Aran Islands: Inis Oírr, Inis Méain and Inis Mór.
Note – It costs an additional €2 to enter the tower.
This region is a breeding site for over 30,000 seabirds and was classified as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988.
The area is home to large numbers of Guillemot and Razorbills, as well as Atlantic Puffins, Peregrine Falcon, Kittiwake and Fulmar. Some endangered bird species like Choughs also call this place home.
The Burren’s name is derived from the Gaelic word Boireann, which means rocky place.
The Burren is one of the largest limestone areas in Europe. Known for its moon-like landscape, you can find a combination of distinctive limestone rock formations with rare species of flora and fauna. Its unique appearance is the result of thousands of years of the erosion of limestone by acidic rainwater which left ruts and hollows between the rock surfaces. Today it’s home to over seventy five percent of Ireland’s plants species and a great place for hikers to explore the regions cliffs and caves.
My favorite town in Ireland. Amazing street artists, restaurants, stores and historic buildings.
Named after a woman who drowned in the river Galoia (Galvia) then eventually evolving into the Irish Galliamh, then anglicised to Galway.
Note – If you visit in November/ December, stop by the Christmas Market for amazing street food, music and picture opp’s.
If you’re going to be traveling for almost 700km’s you’d experience it best in a tour bus with heating, charging points, good music, WiFi and of cause a friendly and fun guide.
Thanks to our guide Aisling and driver Jack for an amazing day! ??