Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

I wanted to make use of the sunshine last week so I decided to head to the Cliffs and do the coastal walk. It all started off so well.  I took the coast road from Ballyvaughan and the weather made the place look so good.

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Eventually, I made it to the Cliffs.  The cost of the car park for a student is just 4 euro.  I arrived at about midday so there weren’t too many in the car park.  The coastal walk is only 8km so I headed off with my phone, water, a few walking snacks and great intentions.   I’ve never developed such an aversion to people as I did on the coastal walk.  They are everywhere. I mean literally I couldn’t escape them.  I had to line up to take my photos as every one and their friends were taking photos also.  I thought that when I was over the “official” Cliffs of Moher part, it would all quieten down and be grand.  No such luck.  It was possibly the least enjoyable experience I’ve had in Co. Clare. i turned around after about 3km because I was getting so annoyed.  Not to worry, next time, I’ll start on the other side and end at the Cliffs.  I took some pictures that you can see below.

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Lough Boora Discovery Park

I don’t know why I haven’t gone to Lough Boora Park before. There is no excuse other than pure laziness.  This week my good friends Marcy and Bob came all the way from Hawaii to see me so I obviously wanted to show them something Irish, the bog. The signage for the Park is excellent and there is no way you can go wrong. That is a pure compliment from the woman who regularly gets lost on the way to new places.  The facilities are brand new and really well kept. There is a €2 charge for the car park and after that, it’s free!!!!! This makes it a perfect day out for everybody.

We chose to walk but you can also rent a bike or bring your own.mas  We initially intended to do the 3.3 km walk around the sculpture park but ended up walking for about 2 hours. The park is a photographer’s haven so don’t forget the camera.  There are several options for your visit depending on your time availability and fitness level.  The shortest route is the sculpture route at just over 3km.  This is followed by the farmland route which is 6km.  The mesolithic route is 9.3km.  The last two are quite long, Finnamore Lake at 11.7km and finally Turraun Route at 15.8km.  These give you plenty of choice depending on your interest.

Here are some photos I took along the way;

 

Overall, I had a great day and I’ll definitely be back with my bike, perhaps in the autumn when the leaves have changed.  The only bad thing about the visit was the amount of litter that we encountered on our walk.  For such a beautiful area, it was disappointing to see the litter.   You can find out everything about Lough Boora on their website, http://www.loughboora.com/wp-content/themes/boora/tablet/index.php