Finally, it was a morning when the sun was shinning brightly! A perfect day to visit the Cliffs of Moher and surrounding sights. But it was a morning where I found it hard to get the girls going. A promise to return to the Mocha Bean coffee and pastry shop for scones and tea finally got them out the door.
The Cliffs of Moher (photo) is one of Ireland’s most remarkable natural features. The limestone plateau of the Burren range plunges 1000 feet into the sea. They stretch for 5 miles along the cost of Clare. The nearest village is Doolin, the traditional Irish music capital of County Clare. And Ballyvaughan, just around Black Head Mountain, is a fishing village dotted with slate-roofed cottages. The whole area is referred to The Burren, a massive plateau covered with huge flagstones called clints (photo) broken by deep fissures through which millennia of rainfall have drained to form underground caves and rivers. An early surveyor declared it a savage land, yielding little. In fact, it is astonishingly rich in plant life, and abounds in stone forts and megalithic tombs dating back 3500 BC (photo). It was a good day.