Adventuring in County Clare
16.10.2012 - 16.10.2012 12 °C
Dawdley start to the morning... Breakfast featured our first experience of white pudding, which I rather enjoyed. Starting to run out of new foods to try! We dawdled a bit more, thinking about which castle to visit and working out how long it was going to get from A to B. Finally a decision was made - Simon needed seafood for lunch. So off we went to Moran's oyster cottage, sun shining on us all the way. Lunch there was amazing - and I don't even eat seafood! Simon had oysters grilled with garlic breadcrumbs, and a lobster. It really was a case of Simon vs the lobster, and even armed with a selection of weapons it seemed the lobster was winning at times... I probably confused the waiter by ordering seafood-less veggie soup, and seafood-less duck. Absolutely scrumptious!
We needed a bit of a walk after that, so we circumnavigated Dunguaire Castle, which was in a bit of a sad state of repair, but set in a lovely location with views over the bay. Walked into Kinvara for a coffee - really, could Irish people BE any friendlier?
Headed off to the Cliffs of Moher - the information centre thingy was not very exciting, but they did sell ice cream so it's not all bad. We must be getting used to the weather to be tolerating ice cream when it's only ten degrees! The actual Cliffs were impressive... The tourists were not, so many people ignoring the warning signs and going over the fence when it specifically says "do not go over the fence". Duh. There were lots of signs saying "need someone to talk? Call the Salvos" which made me think it might be a popular spot for jumpers... Gave the place a bit of an eerie feel.
We went through Ennis on the way back to Galway, but couldn't see any sieging going on (Siege of Ennis - it's a song...)
Into the hotel bar to watch the end of Ireland vs Faroe Islands - Ireland won 4-1, so the locals were happy! And the most rebellious thing we've done all holidays - we just had dessert for tea!! Apple pudding + Baileys coffee = winner. This is the life...