Galway to cork with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle enroute
Up early for wheels to roll at 0800. The weather is overcast and we really are praying to the great Goddess for clearer sky's. The trip from Galway to the cliffs is not long in a kilometre sense however the road is twisty and turny and only 2 lanes. Once again providing great opportunities to showcase Aiden's great driving skills!! The other positive aspect of longer coach rides is the option to catch up on lost sleep for some of the group 😉
Mother Nature smiles upon us because as we get closer to the cliffs the blue skies open up. The Cliffs are in the bay of larnach (sic) We stop at 845 to enjoy the unbelievably scenic view.
Mother Nature and her sunshine prince continue to bless us as we travel thru county Shannon and into county Clare to cliffs official spot. We have an hour and a bit to walk about this site in the glorious sunshine. The pathways in the main area are accessible by all and there about 10 tour coaches on site. I Continue the walk up the hill past the OBrien tower To get a better vantage point. The cliffs remind me of the Napali coast (lanai) and the color today of the green against the blue of the sky is breathtaking.
After an enjoyable visit we get back on the magic bus for our visit to Blarney. Keeping the vibe pretty low key we watch the Princess Bride. Now the line "cliffs of insanity" make sense after seeing the real cliffs. 😆
For those of you familiar with Richard Scarry children's illustrations - going to the Castle will remind you of the story of Patrick the pig. The young pig couldn't speak a word (only say oink) and his parent were worried for him. So they heard that if he kissed the Blarney Stone he would be given the gift of gab. So they took Patrick to kiss the stone and "lo and begorreh" he immediately begins to wax poetically. However Patrick now has no "off" switch and his regaling of stories and songs have his parents wondering if they did the right thing. Anyways, that is what's running thru my mind when I think of Blarney Castle. Here is what our tour manager shared with us:
The castle was built in 1446 by the McCarthy clan - an original wood structure was built in situ circa 1200. The First stories of the power of Blarney Stone (gift of eloquence) date back to legend in the 1400. McCarthy was running into legal trouble building his castle. The fairy Gilenda told him to kiss a stone and he would be able to win his judgement in front of the judge. McCarthy won his case and took the rock back and incorporated it into the walls of the castle. Fact or fiction? The castle was used by William of Orange in the 1600 as a fortress and is Currently part of the Clohart family for many generations. I just can't get over the narrow stairs, they are even smaller than the ones in the staff corridor at the Palliser Hotel.