The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top Visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.
The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland. The area was designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds under the EU Birds Directive in 1986 and as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988. Included within the designated site are the cliffs, the cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water, directly in front of the cliffs to protect part of the birds’ feeding area.
Pensive while looking out over the hills through the grass and rushes, with a beautiful view of Newport and Westport… Photographs (Sepia and Black & White) taken in Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland with a fabulous view of Croagh Patrick
This fine weather has everyone out gardening and planting in the West of Ireland. With the fresh vegetables like potatoes, carrots and cabbage planted, lets hope we can sample some of these home grown delights very soon 🙂
Ben Bulben, sometimes spelt Benbulben or Benbulbin (from the Irish: Binn Ghulbain), is a large rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, an area sometimes called “Yeats Country”.
These photographs of Ben Bulben were taken from Rosses Point, Co. Sligo on a bright, sunny day with a blue sky at the backdrop in April 2012.
Windmills / wind turbines in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. They are on a raised site with some television mast and amazing view of Croagh Patrick and the surrounding areas in Co. Mayo. Along with the windmills there are a number of bogs up the hills / mountains for turf cutting.
This Achill Henge, a take on the well known Stonehenge is located on a hillside in Pollagh, Achill, Co. Mayo. This controversial Stonehenge-esque concrete structure on Achill Island was erected by developer Joe McNamara. Sources close to the Achill native say that he had designed and planned the towering structure so that it would align with the solstices – on June 21 and December 21. The sun would rise on those mornings over the mountains in Achill and shine through one of the gaps in the outer ring and light up a centre-piece.
However that centre-piece has yet to be built as construction on the site ceased on Sunday, November 27 and the following day McNamara gave an undertaking in the High Court not to recommence any work.
The shots I took above were late in the evening so apologies for the quality, but I intend to return soon earlier in the day, on a fine day, with a wide angle lens in tow… so watch this space 🙂