To the cliffs and back
The wind pulled at my clothes, tempting my closer and closer to the edge. I closed my eyes and disappeared into the moment and the realization; I was at the Cliffs of Moher.
I had a small breakfast; toast and some tea. My French companions had not yet awoken so I decided to go for a stroll through the streets of Galway. The morning was cool and fresh. I enjoy mornings like these. I was hoping that the weather would stay pleasant for our trip to the Cliffs of Moher and it seemed promising from my weather app.
Upon my return my companions were ready and the bus was due to pick us up in a few minutes. I quickly started a conversation and they eagerly responded to my numerous questions about France. When the bus arrived, we boarded and it headed to the bus station where the main tour bus would depart from. Healy Tours would be taking us on an adventure to see a small part of the lower Shannon. I was very excited. We boarded the bus and set off.
Our first stop was Dunguaire Castle.
It was a castle of modest size and it was in a very good condition. We set off on a dirt path around the castle and were able to see it from every angle. I could see myself living in this castle; the idea grew in my mind. We returned to the bus and departed.
We had a quick stop with a view over a stunning landscape.
Our next stop was the lonely Poulnabroune Dolmen that was part of the Burren landscape.
This was an interesting stop and the landscape was fascinating. The exposed limestone created a wonderful texture. The Burren seemed to existing outside of time.
Next stop would be the Aillwee Caves. We went for a short tour through the caves. At one stage the tour guide switched off all the lights and asked us to remain quiet. The crushing darkness soon became unbearable and then she finally switched the lights back on.
We had about 15 minutes to stretch our legs. We then boarded the bus and headed to the most beautiful part of the tour; the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs were a sight to behold. They were elevated far above the soothing waves. The wind ushered us up the stairs, towards the edge. My companions and I wandered along the edge of the cliffs, taking in as much of the beauty as possible.
After our 90 minutes was up, we headed back to the bus starving and thirsty. After a short drive we arrived in Doolin. We stopped for lunch at Fitzpatricks Bar where I had the best clam chowder! Doolin was an tiny place but I could never see myself living there.
After lunch we stopped for one last photo opportunity and then headed home to Galway.
This was truly a trip to remember. I met many other travelers from all over the world on the bus. I would recommend such a trip to anyone that is not confident enough to plan and organize everything on their own.
Things to remember
- The weather can change in an instant. Remember to pack for the rain and the cold.
- Healy Tours offer a variety of other tours that may interest you. Try the Connemara tour.
- The Cliffs of Moher are amazing and your first instinct is to take thousands of photos; but remember to take a moment to really take it all in. I stood for a good 10 minutes where I was consumed in the moment; I let my sense take over.
- I would go and see the Cliffs of Moher again and again. They really are beautiful.
- Consider hiring a car from Galway to have more freedom to do what you want.
- The Aillwee Caves were an experience I was glad to have had but I wouldn’t go to see the caves again.
- I am a big people person and the people I met really contributed to the whole experience. Meet new people! It is one of the biggest suggestion I can make.
My entire experience at the Cliffs of Moher is one that will be remembered. I chat to many of the friends I made along the way.
With this post I conclude my Irish adventures. I was in Cork for two days but by then I was too sick to really enjoy it.
I hope you enjoyed reading these post.