The Wild Atlantic Way and Lisdoonvarna

We took a trip down the northwest coast of County Clare on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, lunching in a great pub and restaurant in Doolin, a lovely wee seaside village. Doolin is situated 8km from the famous Cliffs of Moher, and, after lunch, that’s where we headed.

The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair) are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, and they rise 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 metres just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometres to the north.


When we were standing looking at the cliffs, my imagination went wild, never mind the Wild Atlantic way. It looked to me as though the Creator had tidied this little bit of coast up, by taking a giant pair of pinking scissors to it, scattering the cut off bits, the Aran Islands, and leaving a beautiful zig-zagged edge.

The Cliffs of Moher have appeared in several films, including The Princess Bride (1987) (as the filming location for “The Cliffs of Insanity”), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), and Leap Year (2010).

After getting blown about a bit, we took our red noses and frozen fingers back to the car and headed towards the cottage again, taking the road that goes slightly inland this time. It was a lovely road, and we stopped to have a look at Lisdoonvarna, a town celebrated in a song of the same name written by the Irish folk singer, Christy Moore, and in the old Irish folksong, ‘Catch me if You Can,’ sung here by Brendan Shine

The present town is a comparatively new one by Irish standards, dating mainly from the start of the 19th century.

imageIn September each year one of Europe’s largest matchmaking events is held in the Lisdoonvarna, attracting upwards of 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The month-long event is an important tourist attraction, and has a 150 year-long history.

I couldn’t help reflecting that being a matchmaker could be a bit of a dangerous occupation. I mean, what if it all goes belly-up and the match turns out not to have been made in heaven but somewhere else all together? Can the couple get their money back? Might they not be tempted to take their frustrations out on the poor old matchmaker?

Think I’d rather keep well out of it when someone’s choosing a marriage mate. I did fine choosing my own, but would not like to presume to know who would suit someone else.


Another fun, delightful day in Southern Ireland.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grace
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 11:03:22

    Glad to see you having a good trip!

    Liked by 1 person


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