- We departed from Bantry and headed to our new self catered location just minutes from the sea side Village of Doolin in county Clare. The road trip by way of Limerick and Ennis took most of the day as we jogged through the country side at a leisurely pace to arrive at Peter Fitzpatrick’s Cliff Cottage on the hillside just outside Doolin. The word cottage, with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands in the distance, seems like such a humble word for the upscale residence that greeted us.
- There is no shortage of bars and restaurants in Doolin Village or in Ireland for that matter. In Dolin, we dined and drank at O’Connor’s Pub as well as McGann’s pub with live TRAD (traditional Irish Music) music as entertainment at both pubs. A quiet supper at Cullinan’s Seafood Restaurant & Guesthouse was another good choice of venue.
- We arranged to take a walking tour through farmland from Doolin to The Cliffs of Moher but the wet weather the night before and lack of proper footwear took that off the table thanks to the honest recommendation of the farmer tour guide. We drove to the Cliffs, walked the grounds, and were not disappointed in any way with the scenery. You must be there in person to properly have the eyes translate the view, in all its glory, to the brain.
- Off on a day trip to Kilfenora, at the Burren Interpretative Centre where we viewed a short video presentation and took in lunch at Vaughan’s Pub. After lunch, we toured a portion of the Burren* region then headed north to Black Head on Galway Bay and back along the Atlantic coast on another scenic side trip during the return drive to Doolin Village. We departed Doolin Village and drove north to Galway City for a few days stay.
- We arrived at the Jurys Inn Galway Hotel which was suggested and arranged for by a neighbor who works for Connectiontours.ca. The Hotel’s location was overlooking the River Corrib with Galway Bay in the distance and across from the Spanish Arch. This was in the Latin Quarter and could not have been better situated with parking next door and easy walking access to shops, restaurants, pubs and street entertainment of all types. Took a self guided walking tour to Eyre Square, Lynch Castle, The Galway Cathedral and oodles of shops! You cannot see all of Ireland in one trip but bypassing Galway on your first tour would likely be regretted!!
Next……..Dublin, Republic of Ireland
*The Burren (Irish: Boireann, meaning “great rock”) is a region in County Clare, Ireland. It is dominated by karst landscape and measures, depending on the definition, at least 250 square kilometres. The name The Burren is most often applied to the area within the circle made by the villages of Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna.