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If the weather is bad, I am rarely impressed with the place I visit. But in spite of the bad weather I have always come back impressed by the beauty of County Mayo in Ireland. I don’t think I would like to live in such a desolation, in fact there was a job for me there, very good one but the nearest little town, Galway, was 1.5 hours driving away. I gave up. County Mayo competes with Donegal for the title of the most remote or wild destination in Ireland. And believe me, in Ireland: the further you get from Dublin the more beauty and kindness you will find. Here we have visited Achill Island, which among other attractions is famous for Croaghaun.

Croaghaun (Irish: Cruachán) is a mountain in County Mayo, Ireland. At 688 metres (2,257 ft), it has the highest sea cliffs in Ireland and Great Britain as well as the third highest sea cliffs in Europe (after Hornelen, Norway and Cape Enniberg, Faroe Islands).

The funny thing is that we have never managed to see Croaghaun cliffs. It was a day with a very changeable weather. It was raining frequently. In spite of it we attempted the hike. As usually in Ireland the path was not marked at all so we got deep in mud and after hour of getting more and more dirty and heavy clouds approaching we decided to quit. We have thought at that time that whatever we see in this photo are actually THE cliffs just later we realized that they were after a turn to the right. The highest point which you see in this photo is actually called Little Saddle Head and the furthest point at the left belongs to the Achill Head.

Interesting to note that the most popular in Ireland Cliffs of Moher are 3.5 times smaller than Croaghaun.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5459 W: 104 N: 13890] (55578)
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