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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Cliffs of Moher on a Very Foggy Day

The Cliffs of Moher
County Clare, Ireland

We were so fortunate to be able to return to the Cliffs of Moher a second time in completely different weather conditions. 
This time it was VERY windy and VERY foggy.
In fact, it was so windy that we stayed away from the cliffs’ edge to keep from getting blown over!
These conditions are, actually, more like a typical day here. 

The green shines through the fog!

Wild flowering plants peek over the limestone walls.

We can barely see the ocean through the fog. 

These steep cliffs are perched 600 feet above the churning Atlantic Ocean. They are bordered by an extensive cliff-top trail that offers majestic and breathtaking coastal views.

It’s beautiful with or without extreme weather!

Our friend, Sally, is trying to stand still in the wind. 
Where has her hair gone?

The wind gusts are strong!
That’s me hanging on!

You can climb to the top of the O’Brian Tower for a fee of a few Euros.
 But, it was closed at this time since there wasn’t much of a view.

There’s an ocean out there...really!
The Wild Atlantic Way is appropriately named!

Just love the limestone rock walls.

A Foggy Foggy Day!

A lot of walking can be done in this area!
We had a very nice time but hope to do much more walking another time.

The trail along the cliffs’ edge gets very narrow so
be smart and save that walking for a calmer day.

Feet, Hooves and Wheels

Feet, Hooves and Wheels
There are few motorized vehicles on the Aran Islands, especially on the smallest island, Inisheer.
Locals and tourists get around by horse, horse and carriage, bicycles and by walking.
We chose horse and carriage and walking.
Renting a bike would be time!

Stacked limestone rocks makes very cool bike racks!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An Trá Mór

On Inisheer (Inis Oírr) there is an idyllic cove at the main landing pier known as An Trá Mór (the big beach).
Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland

We would liked to have seen a few but they weren’t around. There are plenty of dolphins near where we live in Southern California so it wasn’t a huge disappointment.

Most of the island is very rocky with high cliffs. 
There are two sandy beaches on the island and this is the largest.

Rock comes in all forms and colors.

 It’s low tide.

A little abstract photography of water and sand amused me for awhile.

There is plenty of room to wander in peace here.

The color!

Crystal clear water.

The Inisheer Marina

It seems the Inisheer Islanders prefer to keep their boats on the sand.
Here’s three and there were more!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Lovely Inisheer Horse

Just Walking Around Inisheer
A lovely Inisheer horse was taking a rest and didn’t mind us gazing at her.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Flaherty's Bar

Inis Oírr Hotel
Flaherty's Bar
Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland 

We truely enjoyed our late lunch and a pint of Guinness on this day. 
We toured the island by horse and buggy and have a little time to enjoy this pub and a beach walk before catching a ferry back to Doolin on the Irish mainland.
What a great pub, so colorful, so warm and cozy!

The view from the window by our table. 
There is a car, so unusual here!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Horse and Buggy Ride on Inisheer

One of the traditional ways to get around Inisheer, the others ways are bicycle riding or walking.

We chose a horse and buggy and my husband (left) was asked to be co-pilot.

There is our ferry still docked in the small harbor. It eventually went back to Doolin and returned during the two hours we had to enjoy the sights.

A boat in the grass...something a little different!

The three Aran Islands are essentially big chunks of rock, littered with millions upon millions of small rocks. Over centuries, islanders have created grazing land, a few square feet at a time.
(Atlas Obscura)

They cleared from a small area, piled the rocks elegantly into dry stone walls, enclosing a small patch of ground. Sheltered from the wind, the small scraping  of topsoil stayed in place and began to accumulate -- a process helped by the islanders drying soil-enriching seaweed on the walls.
(Atlas Obscura)

MV Plassy, or Plassey, was a steam trawler launched in 1940 and named HMT Juliet in 1941. She was renamed Peterjon  and converted to a cargo vessel in 1947. She was acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951 and renamed Plassy.

On March 8, 1960, while sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass and yarn, she was caught in a severe storm and ran onto Finnis Rock, Inisheer, Aran Islands.

A group of local islanders, the Inisheer Rocket Crew, rescued the entire crew (11) from the stricken vessel using a breeches buoy — an event captured in pictorial display at the Bational Naritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire.

Several weeks later, a second storm washed the ship off the rock and drove her ashore on the island. 

The wreck still lies on the shoreline and is a tourist attraction. In early January 2014, Storm Christine shifted the wreck's position on the coast for the first time since 1991.

Tourists likely built this small cairn.

Detail of a rock wall.

A stone house house on Inisheer, Aran Islands.

The instability of the walls make them good barriers against livestock that are reared in the area. Animals who have learned from experience that they collapse rather easily keep themselves away from the walls.

An abandoned rock house is covered in vegetation.

This thatched roof house belongs to the driver of our horse and buggy. 
He told us if we got stranded on the island because of 
weather and a wild ocean we could stay overnight here! 
We made it back but it was one wild ride!

The tourists on this island are often Irish from the mainland.

St. Cavan's Church and Graveyard
St. Caomhán (Irish)

A Row of Celtic Crosses

A Sunken Church
St. Cavan's Church Ruins
St. Caomhan's (Irish)
St. Cavin's Church is a ruined church, built in the 10th century, at the location of the saint's grave. The entrance is now below ground level, as the church was nearly buried by drifting sands. It is now excavated and is kept clear of sand by the islanders.

Celtic Crosses With a View