Galway to Doolin

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Start the day with a beautiful scenic drive along Galway Bay & Kinvarra Bay and into the heart of the Burren's lunar limestone landscape. Wonder at the 5000 year old portal tomb 'Pol na Brone Dolmen' before a coastal drive to a beautiful beach for a game of Gaelic footie! Relax over a pint of the black stuff before seeing the awe inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Doolin, home of traditional Irish music, is our overnight stop tonight and is sure to be a night to remember.

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Poulnabrone portal tomb at the Burren in County Clare is one of the world's best known and most visited dolmens.  Ireland is fortunate in having almost 200  dolmens and of course Brownshill in county Carlow is the largest.

  But when the setting is taken into account, and the wildflowers of the Burren, the isolation from a built environment, the quite, and the sheer magic are considered, Poulnabrone must come out on top. It is estimated as being 4,500 years old which places it at the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of Ireland's Bronze Age. We must not forget however, that when the dolmen was erected here 4,500 years ago the landscape probably looked very different.  There is evidence that they people who bult the many tombs on the burren actually farmed the area and the Burren would habe had a covering of soil with scrub, trees and grass growing there.  It was this very farming which caused the stripping away of the soil and leaves us today with the dramatis limestone landscape for which the area is famous.

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Yes....very funny I know...
Yes....very funny I know...
The sign to the portal tomb so I r…
The sign to the portal tomb so I …
The 5000 year old portal tomb Pol…
The 5000 year old portal tomb 'Po…
The Cliffs of Moher, incredible!
The Cliffs of Moher, incredible!
People in front of the band at Doo…
People in front of the band at Do…
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