Great Ireland Adventure – Day 5 (Cliffs of Moher and Cork)

20160712_054010After a super quick breakfast, we were on the road to Cork with a side-trip to Cliffs of Moher. It’s about a 6-hour drive from Donegal to Cork and the locals were shocked we were doing it in one day. We had to laugh because a 6-hour drive in California wouldn’t give us a second thought. We thought maybe they knew something we didn’t. I will say that much of the drive was on country roads so there were a few white-knuckle moments along the way. If you’re ever considering driving in Ireland let me be the first to tell you that all the flora and fauna along the side of the road is actually covering a stone wall. There are no “soft shoulders” in Ireland! Thankfully we never had a need for a soft shoulder.

20160712_060220The drive from Donegal to Cliffs of Moher takes over 4-hours but it was stunning and we didn’t stop once. It’s everything you expect from a drive through Ireland and more!

 

 
Check out these curves!!
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The landscape was dotted with cows and sheep and it looked like Mother Nature blanketed the land with a green patchwork quilt. The only thing more brilliant than the greenery was the radiant blue sky that was highlighted with random puffs of fluffy clouds. It looked like a picture-perfect postcard from the Ireland Tourism Council…if there is one.
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20160712_065226Cliffs of Moher was breathtaking. I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t interested in seeing it, but since Sonja went along to Giant’s Causeway, I was going to return the favor and play along at Cliffs of Moher. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. Pictures cannot capture the magnitude of the beauty of this natural wonder. It’s quite a hike from the parking lot to the entrance and an even bigger hike to the top of the cliffs. It was fairly busy but we didn’t feel at all crowded or rushed. There were several places along the hike to stop and take pictures and just soak in the majestic views.
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Leaving Cliffs of Moher, we still had about an 1½ drive to Cork. By now we were both feeling tired and hungry so we stopped at a petrol station to grab a coffee and small snack before the final leg of our drive.

20160712_110315We arrived in Cork and found our hotel with no trouble. Our friend recommended the Ambassador because it was an older property with lots of charm and character, not to mention it had free WiFi and free parking.

 

20160712_111919Although we were in a room with a view it was basically the attic. Unfortunately for us the WiFi didn’t reach the “attic” so we were forced to sit in the lobby if we wanted to take advantage of the free WiFi. The elevator also didn’t go up to the 3rd floor (aka the attic) so we had to take the elevator to the 2nd floor then haul our suitcases up two flights of stairs to our room. Here’s the view from our attic room. It helped make up for the quirks at the hotel.

20160712_154903They did comp us a bottle of champagne for the inconvenience of not having WiFi, so there there was that.

Our first night in Cork was spent walking around stretching our legs after the long journey. After getting the lay of the land we headed back to the hotel for a bite to eat.

20160712_120027The best part of the meal was an unbelievable bread board with assorted breads, Irish butter, pesto and a tomato relish. As the waitress was walking across the room with it in her hand I was praying she was bringing it to our table. YUM!

Off to bed so we can meet up with Nicole tomorrow.

Dublin Pub Crawl stats:
Steps: 15,115
Miles: 6.51

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