Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Burren

Last weekend we did a little exploring in County Clare. API, the program I'm in Ireland with, organized a tour. We went to the Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves, and the Burren. We were on the bus most of the day, but the country side is beautiful. I would love to go back some time, with more time to explore. The burren is an area of exposed lime stone, with rocky hillsides and fertile valleys. Ancient stone walls crisscross the landscape, cutting it up into small fields with a few sheep or cows in each.

A castle we stopped to look at:

Me at the Cliffs:


An excavated portal tomb:


A neolithic ring fort or "fairy ring":






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