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    Nowadays there is only one bridge visible in such way, signs are showing old photogrphies, where there have been three of them. But the nature is at work again to create more.

    2017-05-14 11.07.09 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    View from the opposite direction.

    2017-05-14 11.14.19 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And this is to give you a feeling for the size.

    2017-05-14 11.16.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


      From there it is only a short hop to Loop's Head.

      Foto 14.05.17, 12 42 34 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      We had not been on a lighthouse since several days, so it was time to climp on one more...

      2017-05-14 12.00.50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      It was even a guided tour, and it was celebrated for us three people. It was a delight.

      2017-05-14 12.03.38 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      Lighthouses are fascinating places for me.

      2017-05-14 12.03.49 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


        It was lunchtime and after that beautiful morning we decided to follow our guides recommendation and have the first pub lunch of our life.

        2017-05-14 13.51.49-1 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        The Long Dock Pub in Carrigaholt is not only a pub, it has also a cafe with homemade icecream and a store with local products. So if you are visiting this peninsula, it is really worth a visit. The best place to get knowledge about this area!

        After a wonderful lunch and icecream we followed the WAW in Northern direction again to reach after a 1 1/2 hour drive one of the most famous attractions of Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher.

        2017-05-14 15.47.05 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        They are very high for sure. And impressing.

        Foto 14.05.17, 17 12 43 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


          And they are big. It is a long walk on them.

          2017-05-14 16.30.02 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          You will need the whole day, if you want to walk along all paths.

          2017-05-14 16.31.17 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          But the visitor crowds are massive. Even in low season the car parking was nearly occupied. And the coaches went on and off constantly.

          2017-05-14 15.58.27 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


            Fortunately the visitor centre is integrated in the hill. So only the car masses are spoiling the landscape.

            2017-05-14 15.31.34 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            To justify a quite remarkable entrance fee, the have built a small museum in there.

            2017-05-14 15.40.17 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            There is also a cinema inside, so in case of foggy weather you will be able to see what you would have seen...

            2017-05-14 15.40.22 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            Of course you can also find a row of souvenir shops here. Having seen such a lot of spectacular cliff lines before, most of them in absolute solitude, gives you a strange feeling to be part of this carnival here.

            Foto 14.05.17, 16 32 20 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


              What a nice trip and holiday you must have had. I like your pictures as they show a rough coast and cozy small houses (pubs) ;-) And one more thing: a heartfelt big thank you for giving us ha horizon that is actually horizontal


              • Ralf__
                Ralf__ commented
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                Hahaaa! Thank you for noticing! To be honest, they are not all horizontal in original shape, but i do that correction before posting!

              Fortunately our next overnight place, Doolin, has kept most of the original village character. No big hotels, just some B&B's and two campsites, so there is a "natural" limit of visitors. We had chosen the campsite near the harbour, with sea view and the O'Connor Pub in walking distance.

              2017-05-14 20.34.24-1 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              Doolin is also famous for it's music scene. Here the local people meet in various combinations each evening for a kind of session. They play very traditional folk music.

              Foto 14.05.17, 21 54 54 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              The musicians change a few times during the evening. The kids are superseeded by older ones, old men performing just one song inbetween. Very entertaining.

              Foto 14.05.17, 22 42 52 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


              • yvneac
                yvneac commented
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                I see that fortunately, things have not changed. They still are the world champions for live gaelic music. As my Irish friends said: the crack is mighty (there's a great atmosphere there)...

              Excellent trip report - the scenery is just mind-blowingly beautiful... one day, one day in the future, I will have to undertake a journey in your footsteps.

              I have no idea as to when, but this landscape definitely needs to be experienced!

              Even in rain, it looks charming!
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