We saw a sign that said “Bromore Cliffs” and decided to take a look. When we drove in and were paying the parking fee, the owner of the land, Mike Flahive, came by and talked to us. This land is his farm and he has fenced off part of it to preserve the scenery and allow for safe viewing by the public. He also included pictures and explanation – it was so beautiful and while maybe not quite as high as Cliffs of Moher, it was like having that beautiful scenery but all to ourselves!
At the far end of this cliff is the ruins of Doon Castle.
Zooming in on castle ruin
we were amazed at the layers of uplifted rock and how it curved in places
This area has at least three waterfalls. When the winds are blowing hard from the Atlantic, the water blows UP the falls.
Below is the remains of an iron age promontory fort. To the left is a rock higher wall (now overgrown with grass) but it was a walled area that people would come to if under attack. They lived in nearby “ring forts” that were much smaller. Originally many of them would have wooded stockade above the rock wall.
This photo shows how large the promontory fort was. All the nearby families would gather here in times of danger.
This is a World War II bunker used to watch for any approaching ships. Behind it are the remaining back walls of the promontory fort.
inside the bunker
Another cliff area at Bromore showing the flat edge of the shale rock. We were told that during high winds, pieces of rock also blow up to the top of the cliffs and it is a dangerous area. They sometimes have winds of over 100 mph up these cliffs.
Heather that has faded but is bright purple when blooming
Below is one of two ringforts on Mike’s farm – all that remains is stone walls that would have enclosed the small homes of several families.
Bill with Bart the horse