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Departure: 11:00am, Merchants Road, Galway
Return: Around 7:30pm, near O’Connell Street, Dublin
Leaving Galway, wake you along the Galway Bay. You will see Kinvara, the fishing village and Dunguaire Castle on your way through the Wild Atlantic Way.
Next stop is the Burren. The Burren National Park is home to 75% of Ireland’s native flora. All the major habitats, e.g. limestone pavement, hazel scrub, calcareous grassland etc. can all be found in this park. The word “Burren” comes from the Irish word that means a rocky place.
The rocks that make up the Burren were all formed around 300 million years ago. There are two major rock types – limestones and siltstones. Limestones were formed in the warm tropical sea near the equator. Siltstones were formed from sand and silt being washed from the rivers to the sea. After these rocks were formed, the big collision between continents caused the folding of the rocks resulted in the Burren.
CLIFFS OF MOHER
You get a minimum of 1.5 hours here at the Cliffs of Moher. Included in your ticket is the admission to the Cliffs of Moher’s Visitor Centre. The Cliffs stretch for 5 miles and is 702 feet in height at the highest point. On a clear nice day, you can easily see Galway Bay, Aran Islands, the Twelve Pins and even the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry!
The Cliffs of Moher were formed around 320 million years ago. Heavy rainfall created floods and washed mud and sand into rivers flowing to the sea. The Cliffs was situated at the river mouth. The silt, mud and sand were dumped at the mouth and over time, they compacted into solid rock and became the Cliffs.
This abbey is one of the oldest monastic sites in Ireland, dating back to the 7th century. It contains a round tower which is over 30 metres tall, with the only doorway being 7m above ground level. The word Kilmacduagh means “church of Duagh’s son”. It was believed that St. Colman MacDaugh’s girdle fell to the ground when he was walking through the Burren. He took this as a sign and built a monastery on this spot.
Loughrea means “the town of the grey lake”. The limestone lake covers an area of 260 hectares. It was formed during the last Ice Age. Next to this beautiful lake is the town where you can get some snacks and drinks before we head back to Dublin.