Many of my posts lately have been within an urban setting. There is a reason for this-I am not one to rent a car in another country, I prefer to travel by public transportation. While this has its advantages in terms of ease of travel and a chance to interact with local people, it also limits where I travel as I explore the place. As someone who formerly taught social studies, I have a very strong sense that the land plays a strong part in the development of cultures. To totally miss seeing and experiencing the land found outside of urban settings is to miss a chance to better understand a place and its people.
The first week that we spent in Ireland was with a tour group (Harp & Eagle Tours) exploring County Clare in the west. It was a good introduction to Ireland, and the daily coach trips gave an opportunity to see and admire the landscape while we traveled. The majority of the photos in this post were taken either through a bus window or when we took a break in our travels to explore. Rolling hills, farmlands, narrow country roads, wild horses, and an occasional disused castle were all part of the passing landscape. I was repeatedly struck by Ireland's rugged natural beauty and want to explore more of it in future travels.
I hope that you enjoyed your visit and will come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.