The World Class Traveler

The World Class Traveler

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cliffs of Moher


Today I am heading to one of Irelands most visited attractions, The Cliffs of Moher! Yes, I am a tourist and I must see this natural wonder.

The cliffs take their name from an old fort called Moher, which once stood on Hag's Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs.

The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 394ft (120 m) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head and reach their maximum height of 702ft (214m).

There are many options for getting to the Cliffs, but I have chosen once again, Lally Tours!  Because Lally Tours personnel were so friendly and accommodating to my needs when I went to the Aran Islands (read about my day here ) I knew that I would be in good hands!

Lally Tours offers a non-stop express service that is a non-guided shuttle service to the Cliffs of Moher.  Plus I get a 2 full hours to explore on my own!

Needless to say, the views are breathtaking!

O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King Of Ireland. Cornelius was the local landowner and was a man ahead of his time, believing that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy & bring the people out of poverty
The tower stands proudly on a headland of the Cliffs of Moher

The Burren Way is a short walking route of 26.5 miles (45km), which follows the Clare coastline, Cliffs of Moher and crosses the limestone plateau.
I won't be walking 26 miles, but I did enjoy a much shorter walk on the Cliffs! 



If you ever find yourself in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher are a must see, believe me!  But I must head to the East side of Ireland now and check out what Dublin has to offer!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Aran Islands

This morning I am anxious to take a little cruise over to the Aran Islands!

And to help me do this I booked with a great tour company "Lally Tours"
From my hotel I took a bus to the city center of Galway where I then made a short 5 minute walk to Lally Tours.
Lally Tours gets you to where you need to go!  They worked with my schedule and provided me the bus and ferry transfers I needed to get to the Aran Islands.  However, once on Inis Mor, (Inishmore) I was free to roam this beautiful island on my own!

After about 40 minutes, I could see that my decision to visit Inis Mor was going to be amazing!
Note:  Lally Tours does not provide transportation once on the Aran Islands.  However, there are options on getting around once you disembark from the ferry.  You can choose from a line of vehicles waiting with locals ready to take you on your adventure, or rent a bike and peddle the island.  I chose a driver with a van!

The island of Inis Mór (Inishmore) meaning the big island, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.  It is Well known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There isn’t far you can go before being somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and little reason to question its importance in modern Irish Culture.

Dun Aonghasa is Isnis Mor's biggest attraction and that is where I'm headed!
Oh but wait, I must have a picture of this traditional Irish home!

I better let you know that once you arrive at Dun Aonghasa..........

...........You must walk to get to the top!

That's where I'm headed, see it?

A beautiful view looking back at the Atlantic Ocean

Happy Cows!
Kind of looks like the surface of the moon, don't you think?

And at the top, the views are unbelievable!!

Located on the 300ft cliff side or south side of Inismór, Dun Aonghasa is a semi circular stone fort over looking the Atlantic with daunting and dramatic views that stretch the length of the Island.

Just to give you a little perspective on just how small these passage ways are, I'm 5'3" tall!!

While making my way back to the ferry I was able to see more of the country side and history of this island.

A mix of old with the new

Since I have a new friend, I will have to make sure I come back!

I loved sharing my day on Inis Mor with you!  And again please consider Lally Tours and tell them Carla from Carlas Got The Travel Bug sent you!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

True Irish Hospitality in Galway!

Acorn House Bed and Breakfast
Is an adorable Bed and Breakfast in Galway with a very friendly hostess!
Maureen Higgins - Owner
sweet, she loves hearing about your day
always available for your needs
Pamphlets, what to do in Galway, tours, restuarants, all do
4 rooms on 2nd floor
More rooms on 3 rd floor

1st floor lounge area.
Type of Breakfast at request of guest
Home style breakfast traditional Irish Breakfast
toast jam, tea/coffee
continatal with yogurt.

When booking your stay, please mention you found Maureen's lovely place here on Carla's Got the Travel Bug!