Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cliffs of Moher

As mom and I realized our free days left for touring were becoming fewer and farther between, we booked a day tour of the Cliffs of Moher. A place people have continuously told us to visit, and we now know why... 
The cliffs are absolutely breathtaking!
I could have sat up there all day looking down at the waves crashing into the rocks below.
It is though, rather dangerous and there are sings posted everywhere to be careful, yet people still climb under the rope to get closer to the edge. 
Now I understand wanting to get that exhilarating feeling as your feet dangle over the edge, soaking in the sun and sea around you - but after reading the numerous death reports (just while we have been in Ireland) from the various cliffs around Ireland - I think I will stick to the safer spots. Believe me, the view is still incredible!
There is also a beautiful visitors centre at the Cliffs with tons of information and even an interactive area for kids (or 23 year olds...) to play around in!
The sun was just starting to set beautifully as we left the Cliffs of Moher. Amazing!
Daylight held out a bit longer for us to see some more sights on the way back including the Polunabrone portal tomb. 
The rocky landscape around the tomb was just as interesting to me as the tomb itself.

One last stop in the last bit of daylight (that's the problem with tours late in the year - the sun starts to set around 4:30pm) but I think the low light was perfect ambiance for the fairy ring we walked around.
A fairy ring is a sacred circle of trees, with a small tree in the middle, here people have tied ribbons and papers to the small tree.
An amazing day filled with beautiful cliffs and magical fairy rings!

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