Posted by: mdmusingsie | September 26, 2014

Westward, Ho!

Having exhausted our pocketbooks in Copenhagen, we headed back to Ireland for a trip to the West Coast. We booked a tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren which allowed us to part from the tour in Galway and spend a few days in the West.

We had beautiful weather for viewing the cliffs – sunshine and very little wind. It was even possible to see the Aran Islands, it was so clear.

Inis Oirr from the Cliffs of Moher

Inis Oirr from the Cliffs of Moher

Aran Island view from the Cliffs of Moher

Aran Island view from the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Signage on new walking trail

Signage on new walking trail

Past O'Brien tower view of the cliffs of Moher

Past O’Brien tower view of the cliffs of Moher

Since I was at the Cliffs two years ago, they’ve opened up a walking trail to/from Liscannor. People used to make the trip before, but now there’s a formalized path. It’s still an “unofficial” trail on private lands, which means the risk is yours alone, but when the weather is as nice as it was when we were there, it’s nice to be able to walk at least part way along the trail.

On the way back to Galway we stopped in The Burren. What amazing landscapes this island has to offer.

The Lunar-like surface of The Burren

The Lunar-like surface of The Burren

Views from The Burren to nearly rival the Cliffs

Views from The Burren to nearly rival the Cliffs

The Burren Landscape

The Burren Landscape

The tour guide was selling wristbands for a pub crawl in Galway so we decided to go for it. There are several pub crawls in Galway and this was the Shamrock. Five pubs are on the agenda, with about an hour at each and you get a shot of some kind of liquor at each stop. We missed the first one as we were having dinner, but at the next three pubs the free drink was a shot of either cherry or sour apple vodka. Not very high in alcohol content, these cordials, but pleasant to drink.

The three of us were the matrons of the group with the rest being the age of our children (if all of us had them), but we had no problem mixing with the youngsters including Luke, a fellow Wisconsinite, Josh a wanderer from Nashville, and the Debbie’s from Switzerland. Luke and Josh had been on the tour with us from Dublin to the Cliffs and Burren.

Only one bar had some trad music which they mixed in with a few sing-a-long popular tunes to bring the crowd along. The last place was modern dance music, which is just too loud and not really my cup of tea but my other two friends danced at least into one of the wee hours of the morning.

I think they should have a trad pub crawl – there’s plenty of pubs to support it. Probably not for the young-uns but then that’s not such a bad alternative, at times.

My Pub Crawl pals

My Pub Crawl pals

Josh (aka Nashville) taking his turn

Josh (aka Nashville) taking his turn

Luke (Wisconsin) playing beer pong

Luke (aka Wisconsin) playing beer pong

Sign in Barr on Chaladh pub in Woodquay, Galway

Sign in Barr on Chaladh pub in Woodquay, Galway

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