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John Wayne ‘Quiet Man’ Statue, Cong, Ireland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Galway and drove north to the village of Cong which is located between Loughs Corrib and Mask. Cong is a pretty village which was the setting for the 1951 John Ford movie “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald.

Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

Next we moved west, stopping for scenic shots of Loch Corrib and some penned sheep.

Lough Corrib, Ireland

Black faced sheep, Ireland

Next to Leenaun and Aasleagh Falls where the Erriff River flows into Killary Lough.

Aasleagh Falls, Ireland

Next we drove north through the Dhulough Pass to the small town of Louisburgh where stopped for an excellent lunch at the Derrylahan Bar & Bistro. By common agreement the Irish Coffee served there was exceptional.

Here is a video clip of the start of the drive through the Dhulough Pass.

Louisburgh, Ireland

Louisburgh, Ireland

Next, on through Westport to our final destination of Sligo, County Sligo, where we checked into our hotel and then went out to explore the town which benefits from many shops and restaurants.

The Garavogue River at Sligo, Ireland

Today was unusual in that we experienced no rain.

Touring Inishmore, Ireland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Galway, West of Ireland drove west for about 1 hour to the port of Rossaveel where we connected with the 1015 am ferry crossing to Kilronan on the island of Inishmore which forms part of the Aran Islands, The crossing lasted 45 minutes.

Ferry at Rossaveel Harbour, Ireland

On arrival at Kilronan we connected with a tour bus which embarked on a 3 hour trip covering various aspects of the island including thatched cottages, seals, Dun Aonghasa Bronze Age Hillfort and site of Seven Churches.

Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland

Seven Churches, Inishmore, Aran Islands

Summer wildflowers at Inishmore, Aran.

Karst landscape at Inishmore, Ireland

Thatched House, Inishmore, Aran, Ireland

Seacliffs at Inishmore, Aran, Ireland

Dun Aonghasa Bronze Age Hillfort, Inishmore, Aran


Karst geology at Dun Aonghasa Hillfort, Ireland

Seals at Inishmore, Ireland

At end of the trip we returned to Kilronan where we shopped and availed of refreshments pending the 5.00pm return ferry to the mainland.

On return to the mainland we availed of dinner at a seafood restaurant and then checked into our lodgings in Galway.

Weather today was dull with intermittent showers.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Killarney in the S.W. of Ireland and drove north with a short stop at Shannon. We arrived early afternoon at our principal destination of the Cliffs of Moher which border the Atlantic Ocean, stretching for 5 miles and reaching heights of 702 feet. This is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction.

Summary information concerning the Cliffs:

  • Form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark situated in County Clare.
  • Almost diametrically opposite Dublin, on the east coast.  Each year about 1.0m people visit the site to facilitate which a large visitor centre has been built into the landscape.
  •  To the N.W. can be seen the Aran Islands.
  • The site features O’Brien’s Tower which was built by a far-sighted, eponymous landowner in 1835 to stimulate tourism.
  • The site is of geological significance, dating back to the Upper Carboniferous period, 320m years ago. Here can be seen bands of sandstone, siltstone and shale which contain fossil formations.
  • The nearest community is Liscannor, about 6 km distant.

Unfortunately, our arrival coincided with spells of rain notwithstanding which we did manage to obtain a full appreciation of the site.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

After about two hours at the Moher site we continued north towards our final destination for the day of Galway. However, we made a detour across the rugged Burren landscape to visit the prehistoric, Poulnabrone Portal Tomb which may date back about 5000 years and is one of 90 megalithic tombs in the Burren region. This tomb is situated in a karst limestone plateau 150 meters above sea level. Here archaeologists have discovered the remains of over 30 people. Information on Burren geology can be found here.

Poulnabrone Portal Tomb at Burren, Ireland

Limestone, karst landscape at Poulnabrone site

We finally arrived at our Galway lodgings about 6.00 pm.