These boots are made for walking – the backroads of Ireland

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Ireland is know for it’s rolling hills of green and fences made of stone, so we decided to get out of the Dublin and enjoy some of the countryside in the small town of Doolin.  Doolin in on the west coast of Ireland and is known for it’s ferry that runs to the Aran Islands, the proximity to the Cliffs of Moher, and for the tour buses that always seem to stop in the town for lunch before heading out to the next destination.

Getting to Doolin from Dublin took a little bit of finesse as we didn’t have a car, and the bus from Dublin to Galway then onto Doolin was a little bit pricey, but we made it there (more on exactly how will be in a later post).

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We made it to Doolin around noon, and after asking directions from the pub owner and a donkey (no kidding but we were exasperated at the time), we found our bed and breakfast.  After dropping our bags off we took off and headed down to the Doolin Pier which was about a 45 minute walk for us. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe stopped and took tons of pictures on the way to the pier.  The scenery was stunning.  There is no other way to describe it.  The pier was closed (it closes in October and reopens in Spring) but we walked down to the rocks and proceeded to fill up my SD card with massive amounts of pictures.  This was the Ireland I had always heard about.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next day we headed out to Doolin Cave which was about an hour and half up the road from where we were staying.  We walked along the back roads enjoying the views, animals and the sheer lack of cars.  We saw a car maybe every 15 minutes or so, but it was mostly farm equipment on the road.

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We arrived at Doolin Cave right when they opened and donned our hard hats and headed down a ton of stairs (no elevator) into the cave to see the great stalactite.  They claim it is the third largest stalactite in the world, which I am not entirely sure about, but it’s impressive.  Very impressive.  I highly recommend heading to the cave if you ever get a chance.

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Whenever people talk about Ireland, I hear about how renting a car and driving around is the best way to see the island.  I have never rented a car and tried that so I can’t compare, but I can honestly say I had an absolute blast walking around the backroads.  Had we been in a car I would have missed some amazing views, and I am very grateful (even if my legs said I wasn’t) we got the two days to explore by foot.


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