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Ireland — Venturing from Dublin; The Burren


The Burren

With two days of touring the city behind us, Dublin now became our base for venturing out into other areas. So, on Day 3 we found ourselves on a tour that would take us to the Cliffs of Moher (which I showed you last week), the Burren and the city of Galway, all of which are situated on the west coast.

The Burren — Limestone “pavement”

Today I’ll concentrate on the Burren, which is in the Burren National Park. The Burren itself is an interesting piece of geology. “Burren” is derived from the Irish word Boireann, which translates to “Great Rock”. And great it truly is.

The Burren

This great rock feature is a limestone “pavement” covering quite a swath through the Irish countryside. Within this pavement are grikes (fissures and crevices) separating huge clints (flat slabs of limestone).

Grikes (fissures) separating Clints (stone “pavers”)

As you can see, our tour wasted little time scrambling out onto the limestone to explore this incredible, alien landscape.

Heading out onto the Burren

So, let’s just take a look around before we continue on to Galway:

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Fun Photo Friday — Cliffs of Moher Favorites


Irish Green and Steep Cliffs

Next week we head for a photo stop at the Burren, and continue on to Galway. Until then, here’s today’s Fun Photo Friday favorites of the Cliffs of Moher:

Rugged Surf
Stepped Cliffs
Courtesy of Cornelius O’Brien
Stonehinged?

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Ireland — More of the Cliffs of Moher


Cliffs of Moher

Today we continue with our look at the stunningly beautiful Cliffs of Moher. For more information here is the link to the official website.

Cliffs of Moher

Between the information I gave you on Monday and the link above, there isn’t a whole lot I have to add other than if you decide to go, you’ll be sharing your experience with the 1.5 million visitors drawn to this site annually.

O’Brien’s Tower

With that in mind, let’s just go today with a little gallery of area sights. Click on any image below to enlarge and to bring up today’s slideshow:

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