Dublin Daytripping: Cliffs of Moher

One of the big reasons I wanted to move to Europe was because of the ease with which I could travel.  From Dublin, I can get just about anywhere in Europe in three hours or less (provided aerlingus or ryanair flies there, of course). But, in addition to seeing Europe, I want to see Ireland.  Relatively speaking, Ireland may be a small country but they’ve packed a lot into the Emerald Isle.

With friends visiting from NY and LA last weekend, I got the opportunity to see a famous sight here in Ireland – the Cliffs of Moher.  We took one of those oh-so-touristy all day bus excursions but honestly, they are a good way to see the sights – someone else does the driving, leaving you free to marvel at the beautiful landscapes, or in my case, nap.

After a short stop in Limerick and some well-timed bathroom breaks, we arrived at the Cliffs in about three hours.  That’s right, three hours from the east coast of the country to the west coast of the country.  In the States, the same coast-to-coast journey would take about five days.

The Cliffs of Moher are, not surprisingly, breathtaking and beautiful.  They reminded me a bit of the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, Australia.  The path along the edge of the cliffs goes on for a while, so you can treat yourself to views from many different angles.  You may need to remind yourself to take a moment to just take in the spectacular view for yourself, rather than snapping photo after photo.

Honestly, I could have used maybe another hour at the Cliffs.  We didn’t have time to hike over to O’Brien’s Tower or to check out the exhibition at the Visitor’s Centre.  But what I did get to see was pretty awesome.

So, if you are planning a trip to Ireland or if you live here and haven’t ever gotten around to seeing the Cliffs of Moher, I highly suggest you make plans to see this amazing sight.

And now that I’ve seen The Cliffs, it’s time to check some other Irish sights off my list: The Ring of Kerry, Giant’s Causeway, Blarney Castle, Connemara, Glendalough… anyone care to join me?!

     The Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher.


6 thoughts on “Dublin Daytripping: Cliffs of Moher

  1. Beautiful, Shannon. I completely agree about the oh-so-touristy guided tours … I like the “leave the driving to us” concept, a la Greyhound Bus. These are not designed to be the by all end all, but a taste. And, as you felt, if one wants more time, return at your leisure and take it. When we lived in Barcelona we had lots of guests. It was mandatory for our first timers to take the bus tour that loops the city in a figure of eight. To grumblers I promised if they want to see something further or know more about we would go to wherever during the stay. In the end, every guest was happy they got to have that overview, and it was also a fun way to meet other travelers. Meanwhile, Shannon, you’ve got quite a list there, missy. I’d love to come to Ireland again, and, like you, get out of Dublin. I would love to see/ride its Irish (Draught) Sport Horses.

  2. maybe on my next visit, we can check another off your list – like when we checked off my “stay overnight in an Irish castle”. ; )

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