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The Making of Day 8, Ireland Knitting & Craft Tour; The cliffs of Moher & a Guided Foraging Walk in the Burren

Welcome to Clare, the Wild Atlantic Way, and the Burren. I have been falling in love with County Clare and the Burren for half my life now. I love for us that we can spend time here and share of the counties most beautiful and beguiling natural treasures.

This morning, we’ll board our ferry and say goodbye to the Aran Islands and head over to visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher which rise to over 700ft above the churning Atlantic swells. While here, we’ll have a chance to visit the Atlantic Edge Exhibition Centre along with strolling out along the cliff network.

Afterwards we’ll stretch our legs a bit more for a refreshing walking tour with Tony Kirby who will showcase an area of outstanding botanical beauty featuring Arctic, Alpine, Mediterranean and Maritime plants. The location also features spectacular views of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, and Connemara along with prehistoric monuments. As part of this tour, Tony will assist us in foraging and unearthing different plants/species for your dyeing workshop with me the following day!

We’ll then enjoy the drive over to Ennis and check in to our last hotel of our tour, the Old Ground Hotel (which by the way, I recently heard mentioned in the book I’m listening to on Audible, The History of Rain by Niall Williams. I cannot recommend his books ENOUGH!! Delightful and charming with down to earth stories of Irish life.)

I know we may be a bit worn out from the days excursions, but going for a wee stroll in Ennis to find a cozy pub may be in order. It is one of my very favorite places to visit and is a delight to go strolling through the lanes and alleyways. May also be a nice early morning walk by the river.

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