Rising hundreds of metres above the sea, the Cliffs of Moher make for one of the most iconic sights in all of Ireland. The cliffs span over 5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, with some gorgeous natural sights combining with historical paradise for some genuinely unforgettable sights. The cliffs are one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, so we decided to check out exactly what the site had to offer, starting off with a visit to the nearby city of Galway.
We booked a tour of the cliffs from the Galway Tour Company, deciding to make a full day of it. Just taking a weekend break, we kept to a budget by staying over in the Travelodge Galway Hotel, saving a bit for a few souvenirs of the trip. The tour was also pretty cheap, costing just €20 per person.
The tour started off at 11:30 AM, leaving from the Galway Coach Station, about a mile from our hotel room. We did find out later that we could have booked the coach to meet us at the hotel, but Galway’s a nice enough place that we really didn’t mind the walk.
With the Cliffs quite some journey from Galway, the coach stopped off at the small town of Doolin for a lunch break. There’s quite a mix of high class restaurants and more budget choices around the town, with a scenic location just by the sea meaning that the local seafood is a particularly great choice.
We ended up arriving at the cliffs at just after 2PM, giving us a couple of hours to explore around. The tour gave us just about enough time to see almost everything around the cliffs, from checking out the visitor centre (definitely for families, but there’s some interesting sights for everyone) to just gazing over the cliffs. We didn’t have time to visit the ancient O’Brien’s Tower, which was a bit of a shame (the tower is the highest point on the cliffs, but it was a few miles from where the coach dropped us off). All in all, the cliffs made for a genuinely impressive day out, and we’d definitely recommend them for any nature lover taking a trip over to Ireland.
We’ll definitely be heading back to Galway sometime, with the tour company offering a range of different trips to areas like the wild natural expanses of Connemara and the Aran Islands. The budget hotel we stayed in was just a short distance from the city centre, so we’ll probably head back there and take some time to actually get acquainted with Galway itself.