These are some selected photographs from County Clare, Ireland, which is a very scenic county on the west coast. The terrain is spectacular and very unique. Two of County Clare’s main scenic attractions are the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. The Cliffs of Moher are a spectacular series of cliffs along the Atlantic Ocean, with heights of over 700 feet straight up. The Burren is a widespread region that is densely populated with rock. Both are unique and should be part of any holiday itinerary to the west coast of Ireland, along with County Kerry and the Ring of Kerry. All of these photographs were shot with a Sony Cybershot digital camera, and were edited in some way, such as to improve the appearance, etc. All photographs are copyrighted, and may not be used for commercial purposes or published without permission.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher run along the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare, and are among the tallest and longest ocean cliffs in Europe. The cliffs run for about 5 miles and range in height up to 700 feet. O’Brien’s Tower, which was built in 1835, is located near the tallest part of the cliffs. Moher Tower is located on Hag’s Head, the furthest out cliff, and is believed to have been built by the British in fear of a Napoleonic invasion. There are trails that run along the cliffs, some of which can be treacherous, particularly depending on the wind and weather conditions.
Bunratty Castle is an ancient castle located along a river in County Clare. The castle structure dates from around 1425, and it was restored in 1954. The site has been occupied dating back to circa 970, when it was a Viking trading camp. The castle is open to visitors, and you can even go to the top for a very scenic view, as shown below.
The Burren is a very barren and rocky region in County Clare, Ireland, and about 250 square kilometers in size. The Gaelic origin of the name means “great rock.” Centuries ago, someone is to have said “the Burren affordeth not a piece of timber sufficient to hang a man, water in any one place to drown a man, or earth enough in any one part to bury him.” While abundant in rock, there are dozens of varieties of plants and flowers that do flourish between the rocks.
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