Murroughtouhy

Murroughtouhy is one of my FAVOURITE places to go. It is located on the coast road between Ballyvaughan and Fanore in Co. Clare. It is a stop along the Wild Atlantic Way and from there you can see Galway bay, Connemara, Black head and the Aran Islands. 

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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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Driving around the Burren…

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I had a lovely post written on my day driving around the Burren but just as I posted it, everything disappeared.  Here’s a brief description of how I spent it.  I started off in Ballyvaughan and drove in the direction of Fanore.  My plan was to just stop whenever I saw other people stopping.

Just a few kilometres out, there were a tonne of cars stopped on the side and that was how I discovered Murrooughtoohy.  This is the point that you can see Connemara, Galway Bay, Aran Islands and Black Head.  It’s very beautiful and you can walk and climb across the Limestone pavements.

Off I went again and just before Fanore a few more cars had stopped to take picture of the beautiful scenery so I did also.  If the weather had been nicer, I would have stopped at Fanore beach but it was really dull so I didn’t.  I drove on enjoying the view until I reached Doolin and there I stopped into the Irish craft shop.  It was a nice spot and you can pick up some nice Irish gifts.  Doolin was packed and the buses were everywhere so I stayed going and was almost going to stop at the Cliffs. Then I saw the amount of cars and decided against it.  I stopped at the Rock Shop instead.  I had heard the most glowing review about it last weekend so I stopped in.  To say that they have a lot of stock is an understatement.  You could potentially spend the entire day just browsing around.  I didn’t eat anything there but I do hear that the soup is the business.

Continuing on I drove through Lahinch, Ennistymon and stopped to see the high crosses in Kilfenora.  The Kilfenora timeline is there also and free of charge and while I wasn’t patient enough to read it all, it seems really interesting.  Lisdoonvarna was the last stop on my journey and I got some great shots on Corkscrew Hill before I finally returned home.

Wild Atlantic Lodge- Ballyvaughan

There’s a few things I’ve noticed since I moved back down to the Burren. One is that everything starts with “Wild Atlantic……”Wild Atlantic Way, Wild Atlantic Walking tours, Wild Atlantic tours and the list goes on and on  and most recently it’s been the Wild Atlantic Lodge in Ballyvaughan.  Back in my day it was called Logues. What was wrong with Logues? Nothing, it just didn’t have the ring to it that Wild Atlantic Lodge has, or as someone pointed out WAL.

Now that that rant is over, I did decide to dine there the other night when doing an interview for my research.  As it turns out, they got a lovely new dining room and when I say lovely, I mean it’s lovely.  Totally different to the bar side of the venue but super new and it still has that clean new look about it.  A big shout out here to Jamie and the staff who are legends.

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This picture does the food no justice.  It was actually delicious.  

The menu has LOADS of choice but I chose the lasagne since I hadn’t had it in so long. It didn’t come like lasagne normally does, it came out looking better, like someone had put a lot of time and effort into making it from scratch.  I scraped the plate and then started in to the salad that came with it. Deceptively delicious is what it was.  We tried to figure out the dressing but couldn’t, my best guess was some kind or orange dressing but whatever it was, it was brilliant.  I skipped dessert in favour of tea and the damage for 2 main meals, a drink and the tea was only about 30 euro so pretty good.

It is a popular place so my advice is to go there early if you want to eat.  I’ll be like a bad smell there during the summer turning up whenever I don’t feel like cooking at home!