Inisheer and Cliffs of Moher
Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
15Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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When we docked there were touring vans, horses and carts and bicycles to rent. We chose the bicycles and headed out the coast road on the north side of the island. Inisheer is one of the Aran Islands and they are well known for their stone fences and hand knit woolen sweaters. The fences were everywhere, enclosing small fields that sometimes had cows, or sheep or horses in them. There must have been a lot of stones on the island to make that many fences. It wasn't long till our road turned to gravel and in a few places we had to use grass connector roads to get where we wanted to go. We road to the end of the road and then headed back to the village. Then we headed up the road to O’Brien’s castle ruin and church ruin. On the way we stopped at a graveyard that has a sunken church ruin. You can’t see the church from the road as it is on top of a hill surrounded by gravestones.
Then we continued to the castle ruin, riding when we could and pushing our bikes when it got too steep. We had a great view of the whole island from there. Then we went up further to the more recent ruins of a church. Erin wanted to go out to the end of the island again but I didn’t want to, so she went and I rode back into the village. At least I rode most of the way
We got on the ferry to head to the Cliffs of Moher about 2:00. Again we were at the front with Julia and her dad. These sheer cliffs are 650 feet high at the highest point and 5 miles wide. What a sight! We could see people up on top all along the cliffs. Julia’s dad told us they close the gates to the top at 6:30 so we decided we would head there after the cruise. We sailed close to a sea stack that had kittiwakes, guillemots, and cormorants nesting and flying around. We took lots of pictures especially of the sea stack. Julia pointed out where she thought the Harry Potter movie was made so we took several pictures of that part. We got back to Doolin about 3:30 and got stuck in a traffic jam trying to get out of there. Cars were parked all along the road so that only one vehicle could go through and there were people still trying to get down to the pier. We finally got going and headed to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center on the top of the cliffs
All during the day today, I felt worse and worse, more and more tired. I have a head cold. When we got back to Doolin we went to supper at McDermott’s. Erin had fish and chips with salad and I had bangers and mash with baked beans. After supper we both had naps. Erin went to McGann’s and McDermott’s for Guinness and music. I stayed in the room and skyped Larry, wrote my blog, down loaded pictures and packed a little. Erin came in about ten and we were soon sleeping.