Picking the Perfect Day Trip in Ireland: Bunratty Castle to the Cliffs of Moher

Today was another long day, but well worth it!!   The weather held off mostly.  We were lucky to have a rain shower at sunrise & sunset, and it gave us beautiful views of a double rainbow both times. The rolling hills of Ireland are truly very beautiful….and green!! We visited another medieval castle Bunratty and then drove to the Cliffs of Moher, which are the highest cliffs in Europe and a stunning sight to see.  Then, we finally ended our day in Galway City.

We left Killarney for a 2 hour drive to Limerick, where we joined a larger tour group for our drive to the Cliffs of Moher before ending our day in Galway.
We left Killarney for a 2 hour drive to Limerick, where we joined a larger tour group for our drive to the Cliffs of Moher before ending our day in Galway.
The rain clouds and blue sky above green fields.
The rain clouds and blue sky above green fields.

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With the rain that Ireland gets, rainbows are very common....so, I can see how the legends associated with rainbows, Leprechauns, and gold got started in Ireland, as we saw 3 double rainbows during the day at sunrise and sunset.
With the rain that Ireland gets, rainbows are very common….so, I can see how the legends associated with rainbows, Leprechauns, and gold got started in Ireland, as we saw 3 double rainbows during the day at sunrise and sunset.
Lookin' for me pot o'gold
Lookin’ for me pot o’gold
We have seen hundreds of castles throughout Europe. This is the first one that looks like it was straight from a movie. There is a draw bridge, hidden holes where people would throw boiling tar or water onto people trying to get inside....one of the more movie like castles I have seen. Outside Bunratty Castle. Built 1425. This is the 4th castle structure built at this location. The first was a Viking structure built in the year 900. 900! CRAZY!!
We have seen hundreds of castles throughout Europe. This is the first one that looks like it was straight from a movie. There is a draw bridge, hidden holes where people would throw boiling tar or water onto people trying to get inside….one of the more movie like castles I have seen. Outside Bunratty Castle. Built 1425. This is the 4th castle structure built at this location. The first was a Viking structure built in the year 900. 900! CRAZY!!
Inside Bunratty Castle. This is the center meeting hall. A fire would have been created in the center of the floor and the smoke would escape straight up through a hole in the ceiling.
Inside Bunratty Castle. This is the center meeting hall. A fire would have been created in the center of the floor and the smoke would escape straight up through a hole in the ceiling.
View from the top of the castle
View from the top of the castle
Lookin for me grog winch!!!
Lookin for me grog winch!!!
The cliffs are the highest in Ireland at a maximum height of 700 feet.
The cliffs are the highest in Ireland at a maximum height of 700 feet.
Using the zoom lens to try to get a sense of the waves crashing against the cliffs
Using the zoom lens to try to get a sense of the waves crashing against the cliffs

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The colors were pretty cool....the greenish blue Atlantic Ocean against the lush, green cliffs with grey vertical stones against a light blue sky with puffy white clouds.
The colors were pretty cool….the greenish blue Atlantic Ocean against the lush, green cliffs with grey vertical stones against a light blue sky with puffy white clouds.
Cemetery with Celtic crosses....a combination of the pagan symbol of a circle and the Christian cross.
Cemetery with Celtic crosses….a combination of the pagan symbol of a circle and the Christian cross.
One of my most favorite pictures taken as the sun was at a great angle for taking pictures!!
One of my most favorite pictures taken as the sun was at a great angle for taking pictures!!
And, just as we started our day with a rainbow, we ended our day with a rainbow as we entered the City of Galway, where we would spend the night. —
And, just as we started our day with a rainbow, we ended our day with a rainbow as we entered the City of Galway, where we would spend the night. —

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