: Royal Spa Hotel, Lisdoonvarna
Options: A 27 Miles B 37 Miles C 54Miles
thing this morning we will visit Dunguaire Castle. Its situated
just on the edge of Kinvarra village. In fact you will be able
to take some excellent photos of Kinvarra from the battlements.
The castle was built in 1520 by the O'Hynes clan on the picturesque
shores of Galway Bay. This restored 16th century tower house sits
on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay just outside the
village of Kinvara.
will have seen many similar Castles (Tower Houses, to give them
their correct title) over the past two days so it would be a shame
not to get to explore such an excellent example. After the visit
to Dunguaire its back on the bikes and out into the Burren landscape
again. We take some of the quietest roads you will find along
the West coast of Ireland. No no commercial traffic.
As always the support busses will be on hand to give you
a lift to the top of any hilly sections you choose not to cycle.
We get you into some spectacular scenic areas of the Burren again
will also visit the village of Kilfenora (good spot for some lunch)
featuring the ruin of Kilfenora Cathedral which is dedicated to
St. Fachtna, who founded his monastery here during the sixth century.
The original church was probably wooden and was later replaced
by a stone building. Murrough O'Brien burned the abbey church
in 1055 and killed many of the inhabitants. Repairs were carried
out between 1056 and 1058 but the building was plundered in 1079
and accidentally burned in 1100. The present structure dates from
between 1189 to 1200. Kilfenora cathedral was built in the transitional
style with a nave and chancel. Samuel Lewis described it in 1837
as "a very ancient and venerable structure with a massive
square tower, commanding a very extensive and interesting view;
the aisle is at present undergoing repair, and is being fitted
up as the parish church".
your way trough farmland and forestry you will arrive in the village
of Lisdoonvarna. This little village is renowned in song and verse
as home to the best craic in the West of Ireland. We will be staying
with Ann in the Royal Spa hotel for two nights. Staying in Lisdoonvarna
for two nights situates us within striking distance of the Cliffs
of Moher. The cliffs can somtimes dissapear in the sea mist that
rolls in from the Atlantic. being based a short drive from the
Cliffs for two days means you double your chances of visiting
these spectacular cliffs in the optimum weather conditions. Remember
you will not be cycling up to the Cliffs as there is way too much
uphill. We will take you to the viewing area in our buses. The
Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions.
They are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers
over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.
O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs.
From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well
as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop
Head to the South. Sea mist can sometimes spoil the spectacular
views from the cliffs. If its a nice evening we will take you
up to see the Cliffs in the support busses before dinner.
Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff
nesting seabirds in Ireland. The area was designated as a Refuge
for Fauna in 1988 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA)
under the EU Birds Directive in 1989. Included within the designated
site are the cliffs, the cliff-top maritime grassland and heath,
and a 200 meter zone of open water, directly in front of the cliffs
to protect part of the birds' feeding area. The designation covers
200 hectares and highlights the area's importance for wildlife.
visiting the Cliffs we head back to Lisdoonvarna for dinner. Good
food and great traditional Irish music session make for the perfect
end to the day. No packing suitcases tomorrow morning so you can
stay to enjoy the entertainment a little longer tonight.