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Cliffs Moher - Finalist in new 7 Wonders of Nature
Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. Located in county Clare, the Cliffs of Moher are amongst the most impressive places to see in Ireland. The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone, with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs. One can see 300 million year old river channels cutting through the base of the cliffs.There are many animals living on the cliffs, most of them birdsted in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of seven wonders of the world nominations. To the south of the cliffs is Hag's Head and the cliffs reach their highest point just north of O' Brien's Tower. The Tower was built by Cornelius O' Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to impress female visitors. The seastack, Breanan Mór, stands over 70 metres above the foaming waves. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most visited attractions and when you've been there, you'll know why.
The Burren Centre Kilfenora County Clare Ireland -
The Burren, from the Gaelic word Boireann is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. With its innate sense of spiritual peace, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs
and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura which few people leave without wanting to experience again.
Aran Islands -
Loved by every visitor, the Aran Islands are 3 of the most unspoilt Islands
Galway City/Salthill tour by Helicopter:
See Galway city centre and Salthil like you've never imagined. Beautiful sights of the city as you fly above the roof tops to Salthill with its stunning veiws of the famous Galway Bay
Cliffs of Moher/Burren/ Additional option stop off Moran's on the Weir Oyster Cottage for 1 hr lunch
Connemara - Maam Cross - Abbeyglen Hotel (stopover 1hr lunch option) - return Journey Kylemore Abbey/Ashord Castle/Lough Mask/Lough Corrib -
Extended Commemara Trip - Maam Cross - Abbeyglen Hotel (stopover 1hr lunch option) - return Journey Kylemore Abbey/Ashord Castle/Lough Mask/Lough Corrib / Clu bay/Croak Patrick-
Golfers Scenic Delight - Cliffs Moher /Burren - Lahinch Leisure and Golf Hotel - Doonbeg Golf Resort 5* Hotel - with option of 1 hr stop over for lunch -
Best of Ireland Day Excursion: Cliffs Moher/Burren fly on to Kerry Killarney to the Skellig Michael the Blasket Islands with 15minute Coffee break along the way, Stopover at Aran Islands for 2hours for Lunch and over to Connemara covering Clifton Twelve Pins Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey.
The island of Inis Mór ( meaning the big island) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. Well known internationally, it is steeped in history and resembles an outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There isn’t far you can go before being somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and little reason to question its importance in modern Irish Culture.
A Unique Landscape
Today the Island features the Aran Jumper and celtic Arts and crafts such Basket Weaving and Dancing. Such is the culture of the islands 850 residents, many people akin the daily rituals as going back in time where you can still find the horse and trap and hear the gaelic language spoken as the first language and its consequent tradition.
Beaches & Activities
The eastern side of the island with clear views of Connemara’s 12 pins mountain range is a splattering of some of Europes cleanest white sandy beaches fronting onto clear turquoise water and is host to a variety of water activities. The fishing port of Kilronan harbour is dotted with yachts in summer and is a hive of activity particularly in summer when in Kilronan village there are numerous festivals and places to eat and drink. The favoured activies for holiday makers on the island are walking, fishing, cycling, swimming, sight seeing and just relaxing in the magnetic, majestic, magical energy of the island itself.
Prior to Kylemore becoming an Abbey, it was built as a Castle and the first stone was laid in 1867. One hundred men were employed a day to constuct the castle which took four years to complete with construction costs coming to a little over £29,000.
The Castle covered approximately 40,000 square feet with over 70 rooms and the principal wall was two to three feet thick. The facade measured 142 feet in length and is made of granite brought from Dalkey by sea to Letterfrack and limestone from Ballinasloe.
There were 33 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 sitting rooms, ballroom, billard room, library, study, school room, smoking room, gun room and various offices and domestic staff residences for the butler, cook, housekeeper and other servants.
In 1920, Kylemore became an Abbey and is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. TheCommunity of nuns, who have resided here for 189 years, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. Founded in Ypres, Belgium, in 1665, the purpose of the Abbey at Ypres was to provide an education and religious community for Irish women during times of persecution here in Ireland. Down through the centuries, Ypres Abbey attracted the daughters of the Irish nobility, both as students and postulants, and enjoyed the patronage of many influential Irish families living in exile.
The Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael and Small Skellig, stand aloof in the Atlantic Ocean some 12 km southwest of Valentia Island, County Kerry.
These Skellig islands are world-famous, each in its own right: Skellig Michael is known throughout the world of archaeology as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the Early Christian period – now designated a World Heritage Site; Small Skellig is equally renowned in matters of ornithology as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets – the second largest colony of such seabirds in the world.
A wisp of cloud often adorning the peaks of these pinnacles creates a volcanic impression! But there is nothing volcanic about these Skelligs rocks; they are created of the same 350–million-year-old Devonian Sandstone that runs right through the backbone of Kerry - from the county’s south-western headlands to the shores of Killarney's lakes.
The Blasket Islands
(Na Blascaodaí in Irish - etymology uncertain: it may come from the Norse word "brasker", meaning "a dangerous place") are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, forming part of County Kerry. They were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population. The inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland on 17 November 1953. Many of the descendants currently live in Springfield, Massachusetts and some former residents still live on the Dingle Peninsula, within sight of their former home.
The islanders were the subject of much anthropological and linguistic study around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries particularly from writers and linguists such as Robin Flower, George Derwent Thomson and Kenneth H. Jackson. Thanks to their encouragement and that of others, a number of books were written by islanders that record much of the islands' traditions and way of life. These include An tOileánach (The Islandman) by Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Peig by Peig Sayers and Fiche Blian ag Fás (Twenty Years A-Growing) by Muiris Ó Súilleabháin.
The six principal islands of the Blaskets are:
The west tour "an turas siar Diamond" is the ultimate luxurious scenic tour entailing Irelands most spectacular sights. From take-off the Helicopter will route along the coastline over to the Burren "Boireann" one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe to Irelands most visited tourist attraction the world famous Cliffs of Moher "Aillte an Mhothair" before crossing over to the largest of the Aran Islands - Árainn (Mhór) / Inis Mór) Inis Mor.
Here we can stop over for up to a 5 hour stay where you can explore the fascinating, rich and unique tradition of the Island at your leisure with compliementry lunch at a local restaurant before returning to base.
Visitors to the Island can explore the Island by Horse-drawn carriage, Hire bicycles or simple take a leisury stroll through the windy byways ( a private tour guide can be hired on request to ensure nothing is left undiscovered)
Tours can be extended to include some addtional legendary sights such as Kylemore Abbey Connemara etc
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