ATHENRY, DOOLIN, AND THE CLIFFS OF MOHER 9/3/13 - 9/4/13
Driving through the countryside, we stopped at several places that caught our eye. And this is exactly why we planned (or didn't plan) the trip this way. We had no schedule, no itinerary, often no exact destination. This was an adventure meant to be played out moment by moment, when the slightest observation on the side of the road or suggestion from a local café owner would change the entire course of the trip. A stop in Athenry was inspired by the traditional song “The Fields of Athenry” and conversations with friendly locals there led us on a magnificent drive along the coast to a small town called Doolin, a hub for traditional pub music.
The hike from Doolin to the nearby Cliffs of Moher was a series of majestic views that got better and better with each turn of the trail. Many people from around the world come to see this incredible natural beauty, for good reason. Unfortunately many get a short glimpse when they are dropped off by a tour bus. I would strongly recommend anyone intending to visit make the hike up to the cliffs. It is absolutely rewarding.