Visiting the Cliffs of Moher is a must while in Ireland. Is it touristy? Yes. But so is the Grand Canyon but that doesn’t take away from it’s epicness.
When we booked out quick trip to Ireland, SL and I really didn’t have much planned out ahead of time, except for a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. I know this was something that was worth a full day trip from Dublin to see.
The Cliffs of Moher
We booked our trip to the Cliffs of Moher via Paddywagon Tours. I loved this company and ended up booking another trip with them during our short stay in Ireland.
We were up bright and early and boarded the bus at 8:00 am for our trip out the the cliffs. Upon arrival, it was cloudy but not raining. Our tour guide told us to walk out the right (towards O’Brien’s tower) and get pictures first thing.
He was spot on with this suggestion because you could see rain clouds coming in from the ocean. We knew we were in for some wetness.
The cliffs were epic. It’s hard to put into words how beautiful and how huge they are. Pictures certainly do not do them justice.
Everything almost looked fake. SL and I spent roughly 15 minutes just taking it all in before we started to walk around. The rain didn’t really phase us.
When you arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, like many places in Ireland, you will see a castle-like structure called O’Brien’s Tower.
A quick note on O’Brien’s Tower –
This tower was built by the former landowner, Cornelius O’Brien. He encouraged people to come out to his property to see the majestic cliffs. This brought tourism to the area way back in the 1800s! Smart man, that Cornelius!
People are able to go to the top of the tower for pictures but SL and I opted not to because of the long line and the entrance fee.
After taking a short break from the rain and visiting the visitor center (which is built into land like a big cave), we walked the cliffs for about 30 minutes before it was time to head out.
I can’t say it enough, the Cliffs of Moher are truly amazing and a must see if you find yourself in Ireland. Although it was raining for part of our time there, we lucked out because there was no fog and we could see as far as the cliffs stretched.
On our way to the cliffs, we stopped in a small village for lunch, Doolin. Doolin is a coastal village on the Wild Atlantic way and only a short drive from the Cliffs of Moher.
We were only able to spend about an hour in Doolin and used our time to eat! We opted for a carvery lunch at Fitzpatrick’s Bar.
I had stew while SL enjoyed a roasted turkey dinner. We split a local cider from Kinsale Ireland.
My stew was delicious and the cider may have been one of my favorite ciders to date. It was dry but still very tasty. I ended up ordering it a few more times while in Ireland in pubs what had it.
According to our tour guide/bus driver, Doolin gets very lively at night. I hope to get back to the village to see that.
Our trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin was so memorable. I loved everything we did while in Ireland but the cliffs MAY have been my favorite!