on April 21, 2006
It seems that two very popular points of interest for tourists visiting Ireland are Killarney's Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare. These are most likely always included in an organized tour of Ireland. However, each time I do see the Cliffs I am a bit disappointed with the overall area. Especially on my last visit, most of it was under construction and it seemed lacking, as the first exposure of sight-seeing trip. I have been told, and I wish I knew then, that many people recommend doing the "Loop" Drive instead, much more inclusive of the Irish countryside and seascape and wonderful cliffs along the coastline drive. It would be from Ennis take Route N68 to Kilrush, then N67 to Kilkee, then R487 to Kilbaha on to Loop Head, which is a dead-end point. Then turn around and go back up to Kilkee again and follow N67 to the Cliffs of Moher, or past the Cliffs to Doolin and Lisdoonvarna. Don't skip Kilfenora, we had a wonderful time there. Two great pubs.It was extremely cold and windy when we were last at the Cliffs, and my friend wore a "bomber hat" with fur ear flaps. Somehow, I will always remember her in that hat when I think of the Cliffs of Moher; with her pure white hair blowing in the wind against a bright-blue sky. Quite a sight she was besides the Cliff's backdrop. O'Brien's Castle is very dramatic, as it takes command of the area, and we used it's strong walls as a wind break to take in the scenes. Besides the steep drop of the cliffs into the sea, I was also intriqued with the sheep that were grazing on the steep side of one cliff. They must have magnetic feet to keep from kareeling into the sea. If you have to make a choice of picking the Cliffs of Moher over something else, I would almost recommend to choose the something else. Perhaps others would disagree with me, but something just doesn't hit the mark when it comes to the Cliffs of Moher.
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