Beautiful weather, breath-taking scenery, excellent company, and a great cause. The trip to the Burren in aid of Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary was a very good day. See pictures from the event.

Back Into Daylight is home to up to 110 rescued animals. They promote veganism and strive to show people how wonderful all animals are, and that they are not ours to eat or use in any way.

The day started in Dublin where we met to board the bus at the Hugh Lane Gallery in a 55 seater bus. Originally we were told that the bus would meet the size of the group but the person who generously donated the bus and tour made sure we would have a very comfortable ride. The day was already off to a good start.

The trip across to Oranmore was more about waking up (you know who you are;)) and saying hello in between a quick toilet break in Enfield and a collection point in Oranmore. From here the sites to see were too many to count, Dunguaire Castle, Galway Bay, the view from Corkscrew Hill, Kinvara village, the Burren landscape, old ruins, fairy rings, fairy trees… We passed through Lisdoonvarna village where the Europe’s largest Matchmaking festival was in full swing.

In the Cliffs of Moher, the skies were blue, the sun was shining. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction and it’s not hard to see why. They are stunning. Not only could we see the Cliffs and O’Brien’s Tower, but also as far as the eye could see across the Atlantic Ocean, including The Aran Islands, The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains of Connemara. The only regret about the Cliffs of Moher was that we had to leave.

But leave we did. The next stop was the 5-6,000 year old iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen (portal tomb). One translation of Poulnabrone from Irish is ‘Hole of Sorrows’ and this is apt as the tomb is the resting place of 22 people. The dolmen is situated among the amazing tragic moonlike Burren landscape of grey limestone and rare plant and animal species. However, this not a natural scene as animal use by humans have shaped this land as explained in this article; “But for much of the Burren, summit vegetation is deciduous forest, of which little remains due to centuries of pastoral farming”. (www.thejournal.ie)

We then started to make our way back, making quick photo stops including Lemanagh Castle (the home of Red Mary).

Everyone received a Goodie bag with 2 sandwiches and an oatcake muffin from Vegan Ireland and treats from Koko Dairy Free.

Before we arrived back into Dublin, there was time for a raffle prize. The prizes were 2 bags of Vegusto’s finest vegan foods and a giant sized carrot from the gardens of Back Into Daylight. Thanks to both Vegusto and Koko Dairy Free for donating goodies, and to Rod for distributing the prizes.

We’d also like to give a big thank everyone for joining both Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary and Vegan Ireland on the day and for the many donations received from those who couldn’t come. And a special thanks to the person who donated the tour and bus for the day.