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  • yvneac
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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)...

  • pakarang
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    Thank you for following, Yves. And correct me, if i don't remember right and write rubbish!

  • Ralf__
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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!

  • Ralf__
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    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

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  • Sterkoder
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    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 a horizon that is actually horizontal
    Last edited by Sterkoder; November 23rd, 2017, 08:58.

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  • Ralf__
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    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

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  • Ralf__
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    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

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  • Ralf__
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    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!

    http://www.thelongdock.com/carrigaholt_home.htm

    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

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  • Ralf__
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    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

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  • Ralf__
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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

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  • Ralf__
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    Our next stop was at the bridges of ross. They will speak for themselves:

    2017-05-14 10.52.45 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The sea is here doing a lot with the coastline, the changes can be clearly seen within decades.

    2017-05-14 10.59.02-1 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Between these rocks there are lots of bays, caves, tunnels and bridges!!

    2017-05-14 11.05.08 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    The owner of the campsite handed us over a little map of the peninsula, and recommended to change the direction of driving. The reason was the better photolight in the next morning. Her told us, we would see the most spectacular rocks with the sun in the back then. Further he told us some small detours to remote places and recommended the pub with the best lunch food. And again we followed the advices and were rewarded. Look at the cliffs near Kilkee:

    2017-05-14 10.15.28 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    2017-05-14 10.15.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Some pictures look similar in this thread, for sure, but it is really a delight to be on your way in such scheneries and you will never get enough of it!

    2017-05-14 10.26.01 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    The WAW is not leading to Limerick and our guide book was not telling much interesting things, so we took the ferry from Talbert to Kilkee, to cross the river Shannon. Now we had again a heavy rain shower.

    Foto 13.05.17, 17 08 12 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The ferry came, but the rain continued, so we did not leave the car! And that on a ferry! I did that only once before - in Scotland!

    2017-05-13 16.21.30 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Although we had left the peninsula part of the WAW, the moouth of the river Shannon is forming one more peninsula: Loop Head. Here we found a nice camping site with only very few people on it. And the owner gave us a complete tour proposal for the following day. And look at the evening sky:

    2017-05-13 20.35.26 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    The view from the peak to the Great Blasket Islands, which were inhabited until 1956. Now people go there for birdwatching.

    2017-05-13 11.35.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Since we had to go back no the same way, because there is only a dead end road, we passed Dingle again and now we stopped in the wonderful fish shop near the harbour! What a picture! Yummy!
    We bought the wonderful fresh pollock for our dinner.

    Foto 13.05.17, 13 30 37 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    https://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/serv...em/o-cath.html

    To avoid driving the completely same way back to the National road, we decided to cross the Connor Pass, although it is closed for vehicles of more than 1,83m wide. It is the highest pass (456m!) of Ireland and we read a lot of it in the tour guides. So we were a bit frightened about this crossing. And then... nothing. No outstanding spectacular sight, no remarably narrow road, that was nearly boring! So we took no pictures. If someone wants to watch it, have a look at youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HdTufriD6c

    So we proceeded in direction to Tralee and left the peninsulas and stopped at Blennerville, because we noticed a familiar Dutch-design building.

    2017-05-13 14.32.02 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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