In Love with Clare

The Cliffs of Moher in the morning!

On Monday I drove from County Kerry to County Clare, Ireland, and I’m now staying in the little tourist town of Doolin, a 5 minute drive from the Cliffs of Moher. After a grueling 4 hour drive, I checked into The Half Door Bed and Breakfast. If ever you happen to be in Doolin, you will want to stay here. Upon arrival, the owner, Anne, made me a pot of tea – which really hit the spot as the rains rolled in and the wind picked up. I felt right at home!

Last night, the wind blew so hard the rain stung when it hit my face, so taking pictures was out of the question. I camped out in Mcdermott’s Bar and Grill instead, where a young man asked if I would hire him to be my leprechaun. He said for a meager $100 a week, he would grant all of my wishes and cook me bacon and cabbage. I told him I wasn’t hiring. He told me my Irish accent wasn’t that good. After 1 1/2 Guinness, I returned to my B&B to get some peace and quiet.

When I woke up this morning, the sun was shining! Even though I wanted to chat with the other guests and enjoy my full Irish breakfast, I ate quickly and then hit the road to see the Cliffs of Moher and some other popular destinations before the hordes of tourists descended upon them.

Another rainbow!

The Cliffs of Moher were easy enough to find, but Poulnabrone Dolmen was hidden out in the middle of County Clare, and I can’t tell you how many wrong turns I made trying to find it. Finally, I asked a tour driver, who had stopped his van to let his passengers take a picture of the castle above with the rainbow. He said he was heading there next, and because I was a redhead I could follow him. Ha. Good thing, because I would have driven right past it!

Poulnabrone Dolmen
Example of limestone pavement in The Burren (Poulnabrone Dolmen in the background)
Random building along the road


6 comments on “In Love with Clare”
  1. sheokhanda says:

    Ireland is a beautiful place to be. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pics. The sea shore and climate add such exotic look to it.

    1. Thank you! It’s so beautiful, I often think of returning.

  2. Mary says:

    I love the photos. We visited the Cliffs of Moher almost 10 years ago, but knew nothing about Poulnabrone Dolmen. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Mary. County Clare was truly the gem of my trip – worth several closer looks! Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of those things you might miss if not looking for it due to the very rocky landscape.

  3. Nick Lewis says:

    So MUCH history in these structures. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Nick! Hopefully you will like the rest of my photos I am posting as well! (Now that I have computer access again!)

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