To Lahinch via the Rockshop in Co. Clare

Hi all,

Irish weather ranks very high in daily conversation, especially if the weather turns particularly wet and nasty OR if the weather turns out unexpectedly sunny and warm!
As it happens, the first part of the Easter Holiday was dreadful, with lot’s of rain and cold winds. It reminded me of autumn back in October. Come the weekend, a weather transformation took place, and we went from autumn weather to 18 degrees, blue skies, sunshine everywhere.
This means people flock to the coast, so we thought we’d do the same and head for Lahinch in Co. Clare.There is an element of confusion, as Lahinch is also spelled as Lehinch, but regardless the way it is spelled, it’s the same place.

We started off our drive in Ardrahan, and passed via Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. Just outside of Ballyvaughan is a lovely picnic area, Just drive through Ballyvaughan, and take the right fork. Drive passed Monks on your left, and after a short drive you’ll see the picnic benches on your right.

We then drove passed Fanore, which has a fabulous beach! Next are some breathtaking views over the ocean, taking in the limescale scenery, on they to the Cliffs of Moher.

The best known tourist attraction in Co. Clare are the Cliffs of Moher, As we have been there soo many times, we gave it a a miss this time. It was a perfect day though for visiting the Cliffs, and the place was teeming with people, as it was sunny and blue, clear skies! The roads were packed with day trippers and tourists visiting the Cliffs! 

It’s a bit of family tradition at this stage that we go to visit the (maybe less known) Rockshop, which is located on the same coastal  road as the Cliffs of Moher, just a little bit further down to the left.

It’s an oasis of all kinds of stones/gemstones, both local and imported, a museum dedicated to the excavation of Lime Stone in the area and the history around this, and they have great selection of jewellery. The kids love going there too, as the shop has all kinds of gadgets for kids( dinosaurs in eggs, insect related gadgets) and much more.

Another reason I love going there is the yummy cakes/muffins you can get there:) If you are lucky and the weather is nice, you can sit outside on one of the stone tables, Fred Flintstone would be proud to see the stone table I was sitting at!

And then onwards to Lahinch! Lahinch was badly hit by storms in 2014 and many of roads in and around the promenade were damaged.

I think a lot  of work has been done since, as all looked in order when we were there. Truthfully, we couldn’t really see too much of the promenade as it was packed with people!

I had some difficulty even finding a parking spot, it was just so busy!

We then finished up with a meal in one of the local restaurants, and went home. 
A great day was had and can’t wait to go again, to smell the salty air!!
Cheers,
Katleen

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