I’ll start off by saying that visiting the Cliffs of Moher was not on my list of things I wanted to do while we were in Ireland. Yes, I have heard it’s beautiful, but for some reason I assumed it was just another cliff along the coast and not worth the hype. However, we had a free day and once we arrived it was the most beautiful site. I cannot believe I nearly crossed this off my list of sites to see!
Ciara packed us a snacks, we loaded up the car and began our drive to the coast, first detouring through the Burren in County Clare to find the infamous Father Ted house. Back in 2006, I hiked through the Burren with my cousin Niall, where I wore the improper shoes for trekking over the vast karst hills. However, it became one of my first long and favorite hikes in Ireland. As Ciara drove through the Burren, I enjoyed seeing the familiar scenery as we went up and down through the rolling hills. We never found Father Ted’s house. You’re probably wondering… who is Father Ted and why did we want to see his house? It’s a sitcom based on Irish priests living on fictional Craggy Island. I grew up watching this show and so did a lot of my family. I wasn’t disappointed that we didn’t find the house. It was a hot day, so we were anxious to get to our destination.
It cost us about 6 euro for parking in the lot. We followed the crowd of people to get our first glimpse of the Cliffs of Moher. It was stunning! As we walked along the edge of the cliffs and further down the trail each view was more breathtaking than the last. It’s truly a part of the west coast of Ireland not to be missed.
That evening my uncle Noel and aunt Paula hosted a barbecue. It was warm that evening. Most of the men were participating in putting contests, and the rest of us walked down to Noel’s cabin that he is building on his property.
See that flying “drone”? That’s my cousin Barry’s. He got some amazing aerial shots of us all on my uncle’s property.
Visiting the Cliffs of Moher
Getting there: Public transit, private coach or rental car can get you to the Cliffs of Moher. If you’re staying in Galway city you can get information on all forms of transportation at the Tourist Office in Eyre Square.
Costs: It will generally cost anywhere from 25 euro to 65 euro depending on the mode of transportation you decide on.
Food: Bring a lunch and/or snack or get stuck waiting in long lines and paying for tourist priced food.