The only way to experience the west coast of Ireland is by car – even if you are like me and have absolutely no sense of direction. I often find the most interesting subjects to photograph just by getting lost, though. Here is one roadside gem from County Clare, Ireland, found on one of my many mapping misadventures.
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.
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!