I backtracked into County Limerick so I could understand the terrain at Lough Gur, where the Tuatha dragons and clan members from Munster & Connaught Provinces reside. Besides the large lake (lough), there is a small community, the Grange Stone Circle- which is the largest in the Republic of Ireland with 113 stones and an overall diameter of 64 meters. The tallest stone faces north and two openings are situated east & west. The circle was used as a calendar, with the rising sun aligned through the east/west openings on the summer solstice.
Tried to get these photos side-by-side, but I think you’ll get the idea.
While investigating the site, I ran across an elderly gentleman recycling his bottles & cans for the week at the recycler at the visitor’s center, Timothy, the Grange Stone Circle caretaker. We exchanged postcards and talked extensively about the area. Now I have a better idea when to place the clan compound.
I then proceeded back to County Clare. I stopped at Drumoland Castle (pronounced Drum O’lainn) and the coastline at Kilkee and Loop Head.
The Cliffs of Moher were my final stop before finding a resting place in Doolin.
The weather is what the locals call: Sunny spells with scattered showers!!
The views from the Cliffs of Moher were awesome.
The sun peaked out sporatically, but the wind gusts were constant.