The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are located on Ireland’s west coast, in a area called the Burren in County Clare.  Burren means “great rock” and this area is packed full of limestone.  You will see many pictures with limestone throughout this post.

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Limestone in the Burren

I booked my day trip with Lally Tours out of Galway.  It cost me around €30, which included multiple stops along the way.  This was one thing I wanted to make sure I did while in Ireland.  If any of you have been to Ireland, you know how iffy the weather can be.  But I was very lucky.

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We were always trying to stay one step ahead of the rain.

I took this tour in late July 2013, so some things on the tour itinerary may have changed since.  We had two choice for our first stop: visit caverns or a working Irish farm.  And I chose the farm visit.

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This was a lot of fun!  We took a short tour of the farm, hung out with some cows and goats, and then took a hike up a “mountain”.

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This visit was so much fun!  We learned the history of the land, visited a fairy tree, ate some fresh baked goodies, and soaked up the sunshine.

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Once our visit was over, the bus returned to pick us up to take us to the cliffs.

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We had perfect weather to view the Cliffs.  Just behind us, the rain was creeping in.  We spent about an hour wandering around, exploring.

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The cliffs hight range from 350 feet to just over 700 feet, depending on your location.  I visited the area with O’Brien’s Tower, which has the highest elevations.

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The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited sites.  Over 1 million visit every year.

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There are also livestock that roam the land around the cliffs.  Some of the land is still privately owned.  I wasn’t expecting to see cows when I showed up!

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Once our time was up we loaded back onto the bus and headed to Doolin for lunch.

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Doolin

We made a couple more stops on the way home.

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Dunguaire Castle

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We were back to Galway by 6pm.  This bus trip was a ton of fun and totally worth the €30.  I was able to see some amazing scenery along the way, ate some yummy Irish stew at a pub, hiked up a limestone mountain, and visited one of the sites I’ve always wanted to see.  The Burren is such a  neat area to visit, full of history and cool sites.

So go.  Seriously, go now.  You won’t regret it.

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