Poulnabrone, Kilfenora Crosses, Dysert O'Dea, The Burren - May 31st, 2012

Today it poured. We had a rain in abundance. Thank goodness we went to see the Cliffs of Moher yesterday - with clouds and rain like this, I doubt the Cliffs would be visible in their dramatic glory to the unfortunate visitors on this day. Our plan had us visiting the strange limestone landscape called the Burren. This is a big sheet of rock that was scrapped clean by the glaciers of the Ice Age. The result is a desolate land devoid of trees or much of anything else. But it looks cool!

We stopped at the world famous Poulnabrone Tomb, this was constructed much like other portal tombs we saw. This might be the largest one those, or maybe it is famous because it sits on the dramatic eerie landscape of the Burren.

We tried to find the official Burren National Park, but ended up driving down a few narrow Irish lanes without much luck. Eventually we made our way over to see the High Crosses at Kilfenora. Then we drove down to the Dysert O'Dea archaeological area, which has a bunch of ruins from the medieval era.

We found a brand new Burren National Park visitor's center, and they showed us the map on how to get to the official park lands. There are even three hikes you can do across the rocky landscapes. We drove out to the park, but it was too wet to do any of the hikes. On our way to the Bed & Breakfast in Galway, we stopped off to see the "leaning tower of Ireland" - a round tower in Kilmacdough that leans a couple of degrees away from true.

The Marless House, the B&B where we stayed, isn't actually in Galway, but on the western outskirts. We parked the car there, then walked down to the sea shore and along the city walk into the restaurant area, where we had pizza at an Italian place called Roberta's.

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Poulnabrone Tomb

Caherconnell & Parknabinnia

Kilfenora High Crosses

Dysert O'Dea

The Burren National Park

Kilmacdough Round Tower