Music & Moher

We stayed overnight in Kinvara, about 30km south of Galway.

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After dinner in what is purported to be the only thatched-roof pub in the world we headed to the other end of the main street to Connolly’s Bar.  In this tiny, family-run pub we experienced a traditional Irish music session – not the plastic version which seems to be trotted out to appease the busloads of tourists.

Despite our late night we left reasonably early the next morning as we were heading to the Cliffs of Moher and there was a forecast for possible showers in the afternoon.  We did not drive through the area known as The Burren but did get glimpses of the rocky landscape even as we drove along the coast road.

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Due to the rainy weather which is commonly experienced in the west of Ireland, many people do not get to see the cliffs through the rain, cloud and sea mist.  We were very lucky and this was the view that greeted us on an Irish version of a bright, sunny day.

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We spent some time here and walked a moderate distance along the cliff-top walk.  A relatively recent addition to the area is an interpretative centre which is an excellent design and is built into the hillside as you approach the cliffs.  It is very well hidden and has next to no visual impact on the landscape.  The movie, ‘The Edge’ literally gives you a bird’s eye view of the cliffs – certainly a different perspective!  There are numerous gift shops, also unobtrusively positioned.  We chose to make memories and photographs our only souvenirs of our visit to the Cliffs of Moher.

The road hugs the coast to both the north and south of the cliffs and while the scenery is not so dramatic, there are still beautiful views to enjoy.

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We continued south until we reached the Shannon River estuary which we crossed by ferry.  It saves about 80km on driving right around the estuary via Limerick.

Our final approach into Dingle was via Conor Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland.  After an almost completely fine, and sometimes sunny day, we found ourselves in cloud and rain as we approached the top of the pass which is barely wide enough for 2 small cars to pass.  I took this photo just before we reached the narrowest part.

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I think I can safely say that we have crossed this road off our ‘must do’ list!

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2 thoughts on “Music & Moher

  1. Marg Bartlett

    We had lunch at a pub in Stratford on Avon which had a thatched roof. The unusual thing about that was that thatched roofs we not allowed in Stratford, so they built this one just outside the town boundary- these days it is in the middle of the town.

  2. Thanks for that, Marg. I thought it was a fairly far-fetched statement. We are hoping to go to Stratford-on-Avon in the next few days so I will definitely look out for the pub there. 🙂

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