Town, Castle, River - and Golf
About halfway from Cork to the Cliffs of Moher is Shannon, the only town in Ireland that was not established until after the World War II. The river Shannon, the longest and most abundant in Ireland, flows into the bay of the Atlantic Ocean near Shannon. In the Middle Ages, numerous castles and manor houses were built on the banks of the Shannon, which can be explored today, for example, on a trip by houseboat along the 370 kilometre long river. The area around the town of Shannon is now particularly popular for fishing and golf. Shannon Golf Club offers a huge area for teeing off during the day and sunsets directly over the estuary in the evening.
Seriously Steep: The Cliffs of Moher
Further north, 200 kilometres from Cork, the Cliffs of Moher rise 214 metres above the Atlantic. A hiking trail leads along the coastal headlands, which were secured by a safety fence a few years ago. The magnificent view was preserved, stretching all the way to the Aran Islands. The 30 species of birds that nest here in rocky furrows can enjoy this view every day. Puffins, with their striking red beaks, can also be spotted here in large colonies. You should still have binoculars with you – or switch to the water: by boat, visitors can get close enough to the cliffs to watch the birds in droves on the rocks.
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