Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Our Ireland Adventure
Day 8

The Cliffs Of Moher and the Old Ground Hotel

 

Doolin Pier - Ireland


Today we bid adieu to the Cillcearn House. Our stay here made us feel very welcome and relaxed. We will miss our host Tom and his witty advice.

We had just one event on our agenda – a one hour cruise to The Cliffs Of Moher. Although we feared that we might arrive a tad late, when we got there we discovered our boat was delayed about fifteen minutes so we arrived in plenty of time.

We met the owner of one of the cruise business and he bought us a cup of tea and a scone as he discussed his last visited to the San Diego County area. He definitely knew his way around our town. His "lady" was born and raised in "Hell A" therefore he had visited Southern California frequently.

The cruise itself presented rough waters but the view was well worth it. Paul reminded me and a fellow passenger to keep our backs off the seat to avoid illness. I listened and am glad I did. Sadly, the other lady didn’t and suffered from sea sickness.

The Cliffs Of Moher rise to a height of over 700 feet. Our cruise set out from Doolin Pier and followed the cliffs as they climb to their magnificent height. I was awed by the epic cliffs as I learned that they have Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The Great Sea Stack (Branaunmore) also plays host to thousands of seabirds as well.

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The Cliffs Of Moher - Ireland

The hour went by too quickly and we were off to our next stop at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis.

Built in the early part of the 18th Century as a private dwelling and a hotel since 1895 the Old Ground Hotel has a long tradition and connection to the people of County Clare. Indeed the Old Ground has played its part in the Republics tumultuous beginnings and the now Town Hall once incorporated a jail.

I cannot say enough positive things about this establishment. The food was excellent and served quickly and always with a smile. The room was luxurious. The tile floor in the bathroom was heated!!!!! I loved it.

Old Ground Hotel in Ennis - Ireland

Old Ground Hotel in Ennis - Ireland

Old Ground Hotel in Ennis - Ireland

Old Ground Hotel in Ennis - Ireland

Old Ground Hotel in Ennis - Ireland

Old Ground Hotel in Ennis - Ireland


The hotel offered plenty of parking and is located in the middle of town right next to the Ennis Cathedral. The soft bells of the church rang sweetly on the hour.

Ennis Cathedral - Ireland

Ennis Cathedral - Ireland


Today is also the first day of our trip that we experienced any rain and it was a light rain at that. Paul and I have been very lucky travelers . . . . . knock on wood.

We spent the night walking down the narrow streets of Ennis. Unfortunately, it was after six and most of the shops had closed.


Night Walking Down The Narrow Streets Of Ennis - Ireland

Night Walking Down The Narrow Streets Of Ennis - Ireland

Night Walking Down The Narrow Streets Of Ennis - Ireland

 

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