Ireland has cliffs, famous and not quite as famous. The Cliffs of Moher are well known, and we were duly impressed by their craggy beauty.
The Cliffs of Moher are on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare. They stretch for five miles and rise 702 feet up. It is a busy place with hundreds of people at any one time visiting.
It is an easy, flat walk from the visitors’ center to take photos of the renowned site, and then you can hike up to the left or right if you want photos from different angles. The walkways are wide and paved and have railings to accommodate the many tourists. It was stunning.
A few days before, we had visited the Aran Islands by ferry. We hiked and climbed for about 45 minutes to get to the top of the Dún Aonghasa, The Black Fort, a prehistoric fort in County Galway built in 1100 BC.
Now, that was an effort. There were no paved walkways, no railings, and no defibrillators which I thought I might need before I reached the top. Amazing views of cliffs that rise 328′ up, and you could walk right up to the edge. There were only about 20-30 people at a time at the top. You can’t see this cliff without the hike so there were many in the group who opted to shop. It was worth the effort to make the hike.
New Hampshire has the White Mountains, Vermont is proud of its Green Mountains, and Maine is well known for Acadia National Park. These are all beautiful, but these cliffs are something else entirely. If you visit Ireland, they should definitely be on your to-see-list.
Before we leave the Irish waters, I promised a photo of the oldest lighthouse still working in the world, and that would be the Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford. It is 115′ tall and was opened in 1172.
My photo was taken from the shores of Waterford so it is not a good photo, but I borrowed one from Great Lighthouses of Ireland to see its beauty up close and appreciate its history. You’ve probably heard the old saying “by hook or by crook.” Well, they say it originated here.
New England boasts our share of beautiful lighthouses, but our oldest lighthouse is the Boston Lighthouse in Boston Harbor which dates back to 1716. It’s just a kid. 🙂
I have a few garden photos, some colorful doors, and a couple of amazing murals, but I’ll give you a break from my applause for the beautiful country of Ireland. ☘