1/2: Exploring West of Ireland

FOREWARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS LOADS OF PICTURES. ENJOY!

FOREWARNING 2: THIS POST IS WAY WAY OVERDUE.

taxi to city

It was raining that early morning on the first day of our tour (July 9). The weather forecast did not miss. However, we still looked forward to an enjoyable getaway. (Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.)

me and aga twhile waiting for the bushere comes the bus

We rode a taxi to get to GoBus stop at Burgh Quay, City Center. The bus came on time (7:02am). The driver checked our booking/transaction number before we hopped on and settled in the bus. And at 7:16am, as scheduled, we departed from Dublin.

kro kro kroeating aga

Kro..kro..kro… Somebody did not miss to nap and eat while on the way. 🙂

The drive was 2.5 hours. We were dropped at Galway coach station from where the Healy tour guides and fellow trippers awaited. And the tour began.

burren-tour-map

This was our “rough” itinerary. I grabbed this picture from the Healy Bus website from where I also booked this trip. Check them at www.galwaybustours.ie to save you from any confusion. When I was then doing my search for this trip, there were loads of websites saying about “Healy” tours. There’s bus.ie, healybus.com, healytour.ie.

the burren

Our first destination: County Clare. That is the famous The Burren. In the simplest explanation, it is a landscape of cracked bedrock (limestone). It’s nice to see and be amazed of this formation.

ailwee caveac sign

Our first stop: Aillwee Cave. This cave is in the Burren mountain. We paid the discounted fee of €5 for the cave tour which was a 30-40 minutes walk. They said we got that special price because we’re with a tour agency. The regular fee is €12.

hall at acac sign dbearfalls in the cavebear skull

The Bear Den. Bear skulls and bones were discovered inside when the cave was first explored. Our guide said the cave could have invited bears to settle here as shed because of its stable temperature.

up the burren

After the short cave experience, we further head onto the Burren region.

mini tomb

We passed by this stone arrangement, a megalithic tomb. Our next sight was the bigger version of this.

portal tomb signother touristyoung fellafeet scenewith the tombup close tomb

The Poulnabrone dolmen- said to be a site of ceremonies and rituals thousands of years ago. This tomb dates back to the New Stone Age. A rope barrier is in place to prevent tourists from getting too close to the stone for its preservation.

We only stayed there for 15 minutes enough to get to see the stone and take a couple of selfies. Then, we drove to the highlight spot of the day, the Cliffs of Moher.

first pic at moherdisplaymore displaycenter

The first thing that greeted us when we reached the place was the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. It is like a mini museum of everything about the cliffs.

the ledgesky experience

This is the Ledge- a virtual reality experience. The audience here is seeing the cliff from a bird’s eye view. It’s like following a bird as it flies over the cliffs and glides down over the waters.

cliffpanorama cliff entranceleft side cliffprotected habitatsignage

groupfie with photoomber

on the left clifffocus flowerselfie clifffallin memoryunstable cliff warningthe burren way cliff

sea stack at cliffcrossingat the edge selfiedaredevils

Part two of our adventure to come shortly.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

England Series. Day 1.

Going to the Harry Potter studio was on my bucket list that I wanted to tick off right away from this trip of ours to England. I almost missed it though because I decided to purchase our tickets the very last minute. It was two days prior our flight when I checked the website to do the booking. OH, MY GOD! There was no available slot not until October 16 (and we would only be there the 13th to 15th). I never really thought they ever run out like that. So I head over to FAQs in the hope of finding answers on how we would get tickets. As a desperate measure too, I right away sent an email to WB to spare me some tickets. LOL.
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Sneak Peek: 2-day West of Ireland Tour

We had a blast weekend! Agatha and I had our very first tour of Ireland (outside of Dublin). We booked it online with Healy Tours for only €90 each. That price is cheap considering it covered a two-day trip and an overnight accommodation.

From our traipsing, I got around 700 pictures. I know that’s a lot but that includes photos of garbage bins, blurred captures, and everything else that I still need to sort. So for now, here’s a peep of the fun we had in Galway and County Clare.

me at cliff preview
At the windy Cliffs of Moher
preview kyle more abbey
Kylemore Abbey