I loved the atmosphere in this buzzing little town. I explored the harbour and coastline and then wandered around the cobbled streets in search of music and Guinness (neither were hard to find).
Cliffs of Moher
Wow. The Cliffs of Moher are staggering, rugged and beautiful. These sheer rock faces rise 200m above the sea water and the coastal path takes you right to the edge of them.
I walked to Fanore Beach from Doolin taking the Burren Way. It was wet and windy but I got this beautiful, wild beach all to myself, so totally worth it. The Wild Atlantic Way living up to it’s name.
One evening I sat at Doolin harbour for over two hours hoping to meet this dolphin, the sun set and no sign. The next day my ferry to the island was delayed by an hour so I sat again, eyes peeled on the blue, and just before my boat arrived it paid off!
Dusty the dolphin is a resident of Doolin, often seen in the harbour guiding the ferries in and out to the Aran Islands.
Aran islands – Inis Oírr – Plassey Shipwreck
The wild Atlantic at its true force. The Plassey Shipwreck lays to rest on the coast of Inis Oírr. It’s an eerie site with the howling winds and crashing waves in the background, giving you an idea of the powers that put it there. And the reason I’m not smiling in this photo is the horizontal rain has got in and gone down through every layer of clothing I have on.
Fun fact: It’s the shipwreck in the opening credits of Father Ted.
Aran islands – Inis Oírr – Lighthouse
I knew I didn’t really have time to get to this lighthouse before my ferry left Inisheer (the last ferry back to the main land that day) but I couldn’t resist it. The ocean was fierce, the sea birds were hoovering above and I was alone with the elements…I then had to run back across the island to the harbour and caught my boat by the skin of my teeth!